CAGAYAN de Oro has just concluded two of Higalaay Festival's major events, the Cagayan Carnival Parade on Sunday and the Floats Civic Military Parade yesterday, making the Cagayan de Oro streets festive and fun over the weekend.
Police Superintendent Mardy Hortillosa, Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo) spokesperson estimated a 2,000 crowd who witnessed each of the events.
There were 11 contingents who participated the carnival, where groups dance on the street in a grand costume parade accompanied by lively music, but only 3 participants were chosen as winners.
Bugo National High School won the Carnival Parade Competition and bagged P125,000 while Mambuaya National High School was 1st Runner Up and got P75,000 as their prize, followed by Macabalan National High School as 2nd Runner Up who also bagged P50,000.
They were judged based on their costume, movement and sound, and its overall impact to the crowd.
Meanwhile, Uni Writing Instruments was announced as the Grand Champion for the Higalaay Parade of Floats with their Oro fish float otherwise known as the giant fish, which, according to a local myth, has supposedly been inhabiting the Cagayan River and underneath the city’s water trenches.
Palawan Pawnshop's float was 1st place, and Support Zebra was 2nd place. Both received P70,000 and P50,000 respectively.
City Mayor Oscar Moreno meanwhile thanked everyone who participated and supported the events.
"Ang atong kapistahan is not just a Cagayan de Oro activity, it is an activity of the entire region. Thankful ako sa tanan for being one, higalaay," he said
"Daghan pa activities nakaline up, ug maningkamot kita na malampuson kining tanan," he added.