Friday, March 26, 2010

kalilangan festival gensan

as the travel guide Lonely Planet says "The Philippines just isn't the Philippines without the colorful festivals and fiestas...". it simply symbolizes the celebration of being Filipinos, being cheerful and hospitable.i've witnessed many festivals in Luzon and the Visayas and was not surprised to learn that there's much to see when one visits the southern islands of the Philippines like the Kalilangan Festival of General Santos city.lots of dancing, cheering and a week-long of festivities of Kalilangan commemorates the city's foundation. we arrived in the city just in time for the street dancing and it was one hot sunny day.yet i observed that everyone's excited to be at the festival route, the long and wide Pioneer avenue, which is also the city's central district. with less shaded area, the sun's heat didn't stop the people from flocking in the area.shouts and beat of the drums signified the beginning of the festival. the participants were all around Pioneer avenue dancing and cheering "Kalilangan" which translates to jubilation or celebration.like the many festivals in the country, the rhythmic hit of the drum sets the beat of the dancing. the use of many props symbolizes the culture and the costumes our heritage. one unique aspect of Kalilangan would be the use of the patterned cloths that resembles the Tnalak cloth from the Tiboli tribe of the nearby Lake Sebu.Kalilangan festival is celebrated every last week of the month of February and the city being known as the Tuna capital of the country also celebrates the Tuna Festival during the first weekend of September. we were so privileged that we had with us as guide some of Gensan's most influential bloggers Bariles, Sheng, Kyaw and the president of Gensan Tourism Association and Kalilangan Festival director Orman. thank you Gensan for inviting us. thank you Gensan bloggers for hosting us.

25 comments:

Chyng said...

Philippines more than the usual! Ü
galing ng colors and captures Doms. hapi fiesta. hehe

gillboard said...

mukhang... mainit!!!

hehehe

ganda ng colors though... never seen a festival in my life...

Photo Cache said...

Very colorful, just like the Philippine islands.

Dong, I am really taken by the costume on photo 2. Lam mo I really like to have that pants as pajamas. Love the design.

sendzki said...

philippines..with all the colors...vivid...wbrilliant...wonderful!

tsaka ganda ng kuha! tingin ko rin parang ang init haha...pero parang enjoy!ingat!

I am Xprosaic said...

Sayang i missed that festival kasi naman pinapapasok pa sa work... hayz... pero looking at it i think i already had a hint what it's like... parang nung tuna festival lang din but mukhang mas exciting to ngayon... jijijijijijiji

Hilda said...

Fantastic photos! Your angles are just super, and I really love the colors and patterns!

And about the heat: better that than rain, in my book. ;)

bariles said...

OMG!
Spectacular photos!
You should have entered them in the Kalilangan Photo Competition. Each shot is a celebration of the colors, rhythm, faces and facets of General Santos City.
Thanks for this set, Dong!
We'll have more of this on the Tuna Festival!!
Kita-kits!

Bengbeng said...

this festival is a photographer's paradise. fantastic pics in this post

sheng said...

Thank you for featuring Kalilangan Festival's Kadsagayan street dancing in your post, hoping to read your Tuna Festival post in the near future. See yah!

luna miranda said...

i love your angles! you've shown us not only this vibrant festival but a unique perspective from a photographer's point of view. excellent!

docgelo said...

i wish every festival parade in the pinas would always showcase something like this; our cuture and traditions need to be preserved. medyo westernized na yung ibang festivities e. nice shots, as usual. =)

upto6only said...

the philippines have plenty of festivals. tayo lang ata ang may madaming festivals hehehe.

great shots by the way

Lawstude said...

(worship) galing-galing naman dom, start pa lang ng series pero ang ganda na. awesome. can't wait to see more.

bing said...

such loud colors just right for fiestas!

it looked like fun!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Great shots Dong.I've heard about the Tuna Festival but not this one. What does Kalilangan celebrate about?

Reena said...

ang ganda! so colorful! i like the golden polka dot bandana. galing mo na kumuha ng photos dom. :) congrats!!!

SandyCarlson said...

I love the color and the joy and the pure liveliness of this event.

Pietro said...

The Festivals in the Philippines are always so pleasant, colorful and joyful. Beautiful sequence of pictures!

coolwaterworks said...

Whoa!!!

Ang gaganda ng kulay... Kakainggit din... Hehehe...

Nice shots Dong... Ang galing ng command mo sa DOF... :)

Ria Jose said...

Thank you for writing about Mindanao! :)

fufu said...

so colourful :) awesome!!!

orman said...

wow! great shots here, dongho! dapat sumali ka sa photo contest! see you sa tuna festival!!!

bariles said...

@Nomadic Pinoy, Magandang GenSan!
The Kalilangan Festival commemorates GenSan's Foundation Anniversary, in honor of the 1st wave of pioneers who arrived by ship with General Paulino Santos from Luzon and the Visayas to avail of the then national government's Land Emancipation Program under the National Land Settlement Authority, which the General headed (whew!). This was before World War II.
The Tuna Festival (Sept 1-5)celebrates the City's Charter Anniversary, when it was proclaimed a city much, much later.
So there. Why not visit us? We will be happy to show you around. :)

nuts said...

wow, colorful post, beautiful smile, yan ang ngiting pinoy! sobrang bilib ako sa mga shots mo.

Raft3r said...

maganda dito, ah!
makulay!

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