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.
HUgyaw kasilay... this is the 1st time I've heard this... Thanks for the informationReplyDelete
It is not as popular or as big as MassKara Festival in Bacolod.Delete
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.ReplyDelete
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.Delete
I love to visit fiesta. My childhood was spent at my grandmas province and fiesta is the most awaited occasions.ReplyDelete
Wow! Festivals really made more fun to travel in the Philippines!ReplyDelete
wow! what a colorful fiesta! :) didn't know about this fiesta until now :)ReplyDelete
come to Silay!Delete
Cool pics! Festivities like these remind me of my good old hometown. Nostalgic.ReplyDelete
You can never separate culture from the art. look at the result.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Hi Franc, I actually have a separate blog on silay, you might want to check it out. Http://www.silayheritage.comDelete
I also blogged about Kansilay there (the link can be accessed from the post)
Checking it now.Delete
Such colorful festival!~ReplyDelete
Festivals are really more fun in the Philippines!!
This is a colorful festivity. Me are opposite, I can travel far to see a festival :)ReplyDelete
Very colorful parade!ReplyDelete
People are always in
joyful mood for FIESTAS like these.
Participants and the onlookers feel
awww, I like your poetic comment, thanks!Delete
Just for a simple Ati-atihan I've watched I did enjoyed what more of this..ReplyDelete
Btw, where is Silay City? :D
Silay City is in Negros Occidental. The airport is in our city and we are 14 kms north of Bacolod.Delete
I love festivals! Ang saya! Ang dami food! Ang dami pde picturan! hihihi.. Very nice post!ReplyDelete
This is something to look forward to. I love Philippines festivals.ReplyDelete
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...!
sure! what is your website and I can put it in my reading list :)Delete
that is one colorful parade! I wish there is also an event like this in our place.ReplyDelete
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. :))ReplyDelete
Nice! It is also my first time to hear this festival!ReplyDelete
Looks like a big festivity. I've never attended Kansilay but anything cultural is a great stuff for me to witness.ReplyDelete
A colorful festival! I hope it gets known din like the famous ones in our country. :)ReplyDelete
Silay! this is where the airport of Bacolod is located right? The Festival looks great.ReplyDelete
I really love festivals, though it is my first time about hugway kansilay. I really like the costumes very colorful.ReplyDelete
I'm not familiar with hugway kansilay but judging from your photos, it looks every bit as exciting as the more known festivities are.ReplyDelete
such a colorful and festive celebration! Indeed, Pinoys are very creative when it comes to these kinds of festivities!ReplyDelete
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"ReplyDelete
we have a FB page and I have a blog dedicated to Silay too...come and visit!Delete