Saturday, July 07, 2012

Hugyaw Kansilay 2012

Although I live in Silay, I don't attend the Charter Day celebrations every 12th of June, due to the fact that I am not really a fiesta person and I live far from the city center where all the activities are happening.  But this year, my family and I decided to watch the Hugyaw Kansilay street dancing competition scheduled at 2 PM. We left the house early to find a good parking space and it was a wise decision since traffic was closed by then.  I must say, it was an exhilarating experience watching the participants swaying and dancing to the vibrant beat of the music of "Hugyaw Silay".  All sixteen barangays of the city participated in the competition with Barangay Guinhalaran emerging as the winner.

 


The competition depicts the ‘Legend of Silay’ through dancing, lively sounds, and a play of colors. The costumes were very creative and made of indigenous materials. Each group was led by a maiden who represents Kansilay, a main character in the legend of how Silay got its name. Other characters of the folklore like the fairy, Diwata and the warrior, Lawaan were also represented.

‘Hugyaw Kansilay Festival’ of Silay City was chosen by the Department of Tourism as the official entry of Negros Occidental in the Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition in Iloilo City last January 2, 2012.


More pictures can be seen here.

34 comments:

  1. HUgyaw kasilay... this is the 1st time I've heard this... Thanks for the information

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    1. It is not as popular or as big as MassKara Festival in Bacolod.

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  2. I've actually never been to any fiesta happenings. Wish I can also witness Hugyaw Kansilay next year.. :) It's been years since I've last visited Iloilo.

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    1. Hi Sumi, Come to Silay, we are 14 kms north from Bacolod and the airport is in my city. We are a museum city having many ancestral houses.

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  3. I love to visit fiesta. My childhood was spent at my grandmas province and fiesta is the most awaited occasions.

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  4. Wow! Festivals really made more fun to travel in the Philippines!

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  5. wow! what a colorful fiesta! :) didn't know about this fiesta until now :)

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  6. Cool pics! Festivities like these remind me of my good old hometown. Nostalgic.

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  7. You can never separate culture from the art. look at the result.

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  8. This is one reason, i love the Philippines. We have so many festivals and people do take it upon themselves to come up with a festive atmosphere. The story of Silay City must have been interesting. Hope to hear about it soon.

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    1. Hi Franc, I actually have a separate blog on silay, you might want to check it out. Http://www.silayheritage.com
      I also blogged about Kansilay there (the link can be accessed from the post)

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  9. Such colorful festival!~

    Festivals are really more fun in the Philippines!!

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  10. This is a colorful festivity. Me are opposite, I can travel far to see a festival :)

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  11. Very colorful parade!
    People are always in
    joyful mood for FIESTAS like these.
    Participants and the onlookers feel
    overwhelming enjoyment.

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    1. awww, I like your poetic comment, thanks!

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  12. Just for a simple Ati-atihan I've watched I did enjoyed what more of this..
    Btw, where is Silay City? :D

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    1. Silay City is in Negros Occidental. The airport is in our city and we are 14 kms north of Bacolod.

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  13. I love festivals! Ang saya! Ang dami food! Ang dami pde picturan! hihihi.. Very nice post!

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  14. This is something to look forward to. I love Philippines festivals.

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  15. hello,

    nice to be here... I just knew here that there's also a festival in silay like this..
    Anyway, can we exchange links..? let me know... Thank you...!

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    1. sure! what is your website and I can put it in my reading list :)

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  16. that is one colorful parade! I wish there is also an event like this in our place.

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  17. I like the legends concept. Good way to make people aware of our intangible traditions. Btw, I'm like you; I'm not a fiesta person either. I get overwhelmed by the buffet in each house. :))

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  18. Nice! It is also my first time to hear this festival!

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  19. Looks like a big festivity. I've never attended Kansilay but anything cultural is a great stuff for me to witness.

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  20. A colorful festival! I hope it gets known din like the famous ones in our country. :)

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  21. Silay! this is where the airport of Bacolod is located right? The Festival looks great.

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  22. I really love festivals, though it is my first time about hugway kansilay. I really like the costumes very colorful.

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  23. I'm not familiar with hugway kansilay but judging from your photos, it looks every bit as exciting as the more known festivities are.

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  24. such a colorful and festive celebration! Indeed, Pinoys are very creative when it comes to these kinds of festivities!

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  25. This is the first time i know Silay, hope that the local tourism will step into it and promote Silay. Thanks to this blog at least people will know that there is a town called "Silay"

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    1. we have a FB page and I have a blog dedicated to Silay too...come and visit!

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