Bulua studes show off dances in field demo

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MORE than four thousand students of Bulua Elementary School showed off their graceful dances during the field demonstration held on Wednesday at the school’s open field as part of today’s feast of Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of Barangay Bulua.

Garbed in their colorful costumes, the students swayed and danced the country’s different folk dances, starting from kindergarten up to Grade Six.

Parents were around to give cheer to their students while the teachers and barangay officials were also on hand to make sure the event was a success.


Barangay Bulua chairperson Al Legaspi said this activity is just part of the week-long fiesta celebration honoring Immaculate Conception, whose feast falls on every 8th of December.

Every year, school officials hold a field demonstration, held every Dec. 7, showing the Philippines’ folk dances.

The event starts with a parade around the barangay’s main thoroughfare, which is also participated in by students of different schools in Bulua.

Legaspi says as what was already been part of the tradition, they are paying tribute to their patron saint for another year of blessing.

“Our barangay is one of the fastest growing barangays in the city in terms of development and infrastructures,” he says.

According to A. Paulita R. Roa, acting curator of the Cagayan de Oro Museum, in the olden times, Barangay Bulua was already well known by its pottery because the area is abundant with rich soil, the main component of making pots.

However, she said the name Bulua does not exist as it is just an extension of Barangay Patag.

“Bulua was once an elevated place used to be a pasteur field and a swampy area one kilometer from Iponan River and six kilometers away from the city,” she says.

Roa shares that in 1936, the place experienced scarcity of water.

But residents were able to find a source of clear water named Mabuluac.

It all started when a person named Pedro who came all the way from the hill carrying clay accidentally discovered the area, which is located at Zone 2.

What Pedro discovered was a source of water that flowed out endlessly, which the residents termed “bulwak”.

Later on, the name became Buluak and now Bulua where the name of the barangay was taken.

Roa said it was a blessing for the people of Bulua that is why they name their barangay after the spring that still exists until now.

Legaspi said in remembering the barangay’s legend and their patron saint, he always makes it a point to have different activities to make the fiesta celebration meaningful and lively.

Among the activities lined up in today’s fiesta celebration are an early Mass, a basketball tournament for persons with disability and the Bulua Got Talent to be held at the barangay’s covered court.

The barangay’s week-long celebration kicked off last November 30 with a Barangay Night.

Other activities held include a Religious Night on December 1, Battle of the Band on December 2, Hip-Hop Competition on Dec. 4, Indigay sa Awit grand finals on December 5 and Mutya ng Bulua coronation night on December 6.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 08, 2011.


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