A total of 13 contingents from Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental will clash on August 26, 2008 in a narrative dance competition dubbed as the “Higaonon Dance Festival 2008” with a whopping P550,000 in cash prizes are at stake.
The “Higaonon Dance Festival 2008” is a street parade and dance showdown depicting the indigenous tradition of the Higaonons, an indigenous tribe in Mindanao, committee chairperson Eileen San Juan said.
Grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of P200,000 plus trophy while the first runner-up and second runner-up will get P150,000 and P100,000, respectively plus trophies. Non-winning contingents will also receive P10,000 each as consolation prizes, San Juan added.
The street parade starts at 8:00 o’clock in the morning and ends at the showdown venue. Parade assembly venue, parade route and showdown venue will be announced by the organizers later.
Along the parade route, three judges’ will be deployed in various stations where contingents can perform for a maximum of three (3) minutes using a unified Higaonon musical beat and melodies that serve as the main tune to be played all throughout the street dancing.
Costumes must be nearest to the original Higaonon traditional garb with the dominant color of red, in combination with gold, black and white.
The street dancing competition accounts 50% in judging the top winners while the remaining 50% will be based on the contingents’ performance during the final showdown competition. Participating contingents from Cagayan de Oro include barangays Kauswagan, Barangay 20, Consolacion, Barangay 35, Barangay 31, Barangay 30, Barangay 1, Bayanga, and Lapasan, while participating groups from Misamis Oriental are the municipalities of Jasaan and Balingasag and St. Mary’s Academy in Gingoog City.
The “Higaonon Dance Festival 2008” is one of the five core events featured in the Kagay-an Festival 2008, a signature festival of the city’s fiesta on August 28 which is spearheaded and organized by the Promote CdeO Foundation, Inc. under president Ruben Vegafria.
Other major events include the “2nd Golden Float Parade Competition” on August 27; “Lambagohan”- the famous fluvial parade at the Cagayan de Oro River on August 28; “Kahimunan Mindanao 2008”- a trade fair and exhibit of Mindanao’s best products on August 22-25 and the “Ms. Kagay-an 2008” beauty pageant. by Ian A. Fuentes/Cagayan de Oro City Information Office