This week, Miagao celebrates its annual festival - the Salakayan Festival. It is a week-long celebration that features different activites to promote the town's culture and heritage. I was supposed to witness the Salakayan Tribes Contest and the Float Parade this morning, but I was not feeling so good. (just like last month, when I missed out on the Dinagyang fun.. Tsk!) Oh, well..
Yesterday, I went to town to see the sights. The sidewalks were filled with food booths and souvenir stands. Highschool students, still wearing uniforms, were out on the streets, eating hotcakes and popcorn. Kids can't take their eyes off the colorful balloons and other kiddie items for sale. Miagao was busy.
|Yummy hotcakes (or waffles). I love these..|
|Fish balls! These ae probably the most common and the most popular streetfood in the Philippines.|
They are usually served with sweet or spicy dipping sauce.
|The sidewalks are occupied by at least a dozen stands and booths.|
|Here's the lady who gave me a sweet discount on those sweet mangoes.|
|I couldn't resist. I bought two more fish ball sticks before going home.|
Coined from the native word "salakay" ot "to attack", the Salakayan Festival goes beyond recreation. It goes beyond the functional purposes of the celebration. It is an awareness presented through cultural performances that tells a story, serves religious, political, economic, and social needs that gives spetators an experience that is pleasurable, exciting and aethetically valuable.
The festival honors and commemorates the bravery of its ancestors. With the tribe presentation as the festival highlight, performers dance depicting the frequent Moro raids that caused panic throughout the communisty as Muslim raiders attacked the town's coastline from their bases.
With the annual celebration of the Salakayan Festival, Miagao's culture and history are preserved for subsequent generations.