Friday, October 8, 2010

Camiguin ready for its annual ‘Buahanan Festival’

Mahinog contingent performed their winning piece both in street dancing and tableau competitions last year

AS EARLY as September, boats leaving the island were filled with the sweet and luscious lanzones fruit which the locals fondly calls ‘buahan’.

Being acclaimed to be the sweetest, the island’s name not only spells wondrous views, cool waters and tourist spots but likewise rhymes with its own native fruit, lanzones.

Coming October 18-23 is a double treat for visitors as the island celebrates its 31st Lanzones Festival.

It will be in festive mode for the rest of the week, putting up well designed street poles, colorful banderitas (trimmings) and carriages decorated with lanzones fruits and leaves as a way of thanksgiving not only for the rich harvest but for the blessings that the townsfolk enjoy throughout the year.

Mahinog's Bea H. Reyes, 2009 Best in Festival Queen Individual Showdown winner (Photo by Homer R. Jajalla)

Early on the week, each town will alternately hold a street dancing competition called Kalanrakas, a vibrant display of dances in lanzones inspired costumes.

The festival grand opening is set on the 18th highlighted by a ribbon cutting ceremony of the festival trade fair dubbed as UGMAD 2010. UGMAD showcases the island’s best products from the agricultural sector, arts and crafts, fashion accessories, food, furniture, gifts and house wares, organic and natural products in the island.

The center of celebration will be at the Camiguin Tourism Center where various presentations would be showcased from food, local skills, technical sessions, indigenous games and dances.

October 23, Saturday will be full of lively and colorful extravaganza of cultural dances in their tableau and street dancing competition. (Jorie C. Valcorza / PIA 10)

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