Silay City joins Kasadyahan 2014

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By Ver F. Pacete

As I See It

Thursday, January 16, 2014


HUGYAW Silay! Hugyaw kay Kansilay! Yes, Mayor Jose Montelibano has been invited by Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. and the Department of Tourism in Region VI for the participation of Tribu Hugyaw kay Kansilay to join Kasadyahan 2014, the “Best of Western Visayas Festivals” in Iloilo City on January 25.

This is one separate big event participated in by 11 tribes from Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, and Antique. The best performing tribe will represent Western Visayas in the Aliwan Festival in Metro Manila on April 24, 25, 26. This is a conviviality that could rival Dinagyang Festival (January 26), the “Festival of Drums.” On its fourth year, Kasadyahan will be a loose cannon ball that will carry huge hype and expectations from the cultural arena of Region VI.

Each participating tribe will amaze the audience with its cheesy choreography and wisecracks that will bring the performance to a fantastic fiery climax. The individual tribe will tell a story in an oedipal spin with the stoic stance of the dancers, and the music (canned or live) will be pitch perfect. Formations will be characterized by high-speed maneuvers and will be made nerve-tingling realistic by the unencumbered leaps of the warrior-dancers. One thing is sure. This culture craft will be both poetic and awe-inspiring.

Hugyaw Kansilay is headed by Tribe Leader Mayor Oti Montelibano and he will be represented in the cultural arena by Assistant Tribe Leader Achilles Corteza, the cultural affairs officer of Silay. Gerle Sulamaca, Corteza’s assistant, will be there to handle production requirements.

Ronnie "Coicoi" Gumia, the choreographer, provides the explosive cocktail in fine balancing between thrilling stances and hilarious merrymaking.

There will be a bonding among the beautiful ladies and the macho gentlemen. Action scenes are physically grueling... the chases dynamic and the suspense exhilarating.

Officials include Marissa Montelibano, Susan Velez, Dane Cobrado, and yours truly (liaison officer). Musical director Mike Golez has prepared a mercurial mixing of past Hugyaw Kansilay soundtracks to produce aesthetic audio amalgamation. All Kansilay dancers are honed to deliver stylish physical stunts shoehorned to feature bulging pecs and gleaming legs.
Team Silay has committed to deliver a sense of grandeur and a sumptuous visual feast wherein every character will be emotive to produce intelligence, gravitas, and chutzpah to their roles.

The street dance-drama opens with the epitome of a habitat before the greed of men in his environment. The village where Kansilay lives flows with a vibrant kinetic energy. It is a picture of the ecosystem with fantastic forests serving as natural habitat of the indigenous populace. The natives live in abundance while maintaining harmony with nature. The love of Kansilay and Lawaan is not just an escapist hokum but a pulsating force showing iconic dedication to each other. It is the core of the story in the choreographer’s illustrious oeuvre.

Kansilay is a “lin-ay” who could be a dream of every man’s heart, while Lawaan is an “ulitao” who is suave but a dynamic charmer equally capable of disarming both the untamed boar and a lady like his fiancée. The storyboard unfolds life as its best where every man is a friend and the spirits of nature are partners in the survival of a civilization. This relationship for survival and productivity is an absolute classic of its kind.

A street dance music outside the performance area is “Hala Bira Iloilo,” a concoction of words and stimulating music that reminds us of our affinity with the Ilonggos, the roots of our ancestors. “Kasadyahan Festival” is us because we bring what is best in our towns and cities to the world’s audience who come to Iloilo to savor our cultural heritage,” said Dr. Eden D. Deriada, the chairman of 2014 Kasadyahan.

This has been backed up by Atty. Helen Catalbas, DOT regional director in Region VI, who is inviting the world to see the Philippines by coming to Western Visayas first. This is fun in the Philippines and there is more fun in our region. “Hala bira!” “Hugyaw Silay!”

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 16, 2014.

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