Kabankalan City celebrates 9th Udyakan Festival today

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


THE City of Kabankalan is celebrating its 9th Udyakan sa Kabankalan Festival today, as the highlight of its five-day 17th Charter Anniversary from July 29 to August 2.

The Udyakan Festival street parade will start at 1 p.m., followed by a dance competition at 2 p.m. at the EVACOM Center.

The colorful Udyakan Festival was created in 2005 to show to the world the rich cultural heritage of Kabankalan City.

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The creation of Udyakan was led by then Councilor Raul Rivera and Dr. Enigardo Legislador of the Kabankalan City Cultural and Tourism Foundation, Inc (KCCTFI).

It became a showcase of different cultural and traditional arts of its barangays—exhibits, cultural programs, and festival dances.

In 2012, Udyakan won second place in the “Best of Festival Dances” competition of the Panaad sa Negros Festival. It further brought honor to Kabankalan for winning as third best tourism event in the country in the same year.

The Udyakan Festivals aims to: rediscover the cultural roots of Kabankalan City and develop cultural awareness among Kabankalanons; promote tourism; preserve and protect traditional and local cultural heritage and values; serve as repository of the arts and traditional, historical, and cultural artifacts; and promote globally the artistic cultural roots of Kabankalan City through the development and strengthening of local talents.

Meanwhile, today’s activities start with a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 7 a.m., followed by a Charter Day Parade and announcement of winners for Booth Exhibit at 9 a.m.

The Lechon sa Kapistahan will start at 12 noon, followed by the Udyakan dance parade and competition. The winners of Udyakan will be announced at 6 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks display.

ABS-CBN stars Julia Barretto and Enrique Gil will top-bill the Sinadya sa Plaza at 7:30 p.m.

A concert of the K-City Band and Skillage Band will cap the night. (With report from Ismael Java)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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