09 Jul Cagayan de Oro Fiesta: Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2015
Every August of the year, we commemorate the most celebrated event of Cagayan de Oro, the culture-rich and colorful Kagay-an Festival. It is particularly held on the 28th day of August, which is the feast day of St. Augustine– patron saint of the City of Cagayan de oro. The said festival is an almost three-week celebration due to its series of activities that start even on the first week of August. From pageant competitions, marathons, agricultural trade fairs, cultural street dancing parade, exhibition and sponsored events to patron and fluvial parade, Higalaay Kagay-an Festival has a lot to offer.
For the past years, the city’s festival has been changing identities as administration changes but what’s important is that the grateful celebration still continues up to now and in the hundreds of years to come. This is one glorious event where the Church and city held together to honor the city’s patron Sr. San Agustin.
Last year’s Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014 events were Garden Show and Agri Trade Fair, Kagay-an Festival Marathon 2014, Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014, Kagay-an Pyro Festival, Street Dancing Competition, Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons and Civic Military Parade and The Fluvial Parade. For this year, similar events will be expected among local Kagay-anons and loyal tourists that anticipate this grand festival annually but little they know about the new events such as the Kagayhaan Music Festival and the Rafthon– a part of Higalaay Sports Festival 2015 together with Sports and Higalaay Street Party, that will serve as the culminating event of Kagay-an Festival.
Get your calendars marked with the upcoming events in observance for the Kagay-an Festival celebration.
AUGUST 8, 2015
Little Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015
Girls age 4-8 years old are the contestants of Little Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015 coming from the different barangays in the city. The goal of this competition is to boost self-confidence, socialization skills, enhance communication skills and showcase good values towards the young generation.
The 15 contestants of this said competition are:
- Princess Abubacar – Brgy. Macasandig
- Sam Abapo – Brgy. Gusa
- Sofia Norbaek – Brgy. Puerto
- JL Galarosa – Brgy. Carmen
- Xyryl Alcantara – Brgy. Bugo
- Ashley dela Rosa – Brgy. Carmen
- Sherry Berrman – Brgy. Lapasan
- Monique Gabines – Brgy. Bonbon
- Gabby Buna – Brgy. Kauswagan
- Anika Caballas – Brgy. Lumbia
- Angel Pueblas – Brgy. Carmen
- Kristel Bayawa – Brgy. Gusa
- Deebie Raypon – Brgy. 18
- Farah Anay – Brgy. Iponan
- Exin Guingao – Brgy. Macasandig
The beneficiaries for the said event are Oh Kid Oh Charity of Little Miss Kagay-an, Inc and Bulawanong Pangandoy Outreach Project by DreamBoard Artists Society Inc. Coronation Day will happen on August 8, 2015, 4pm at The atrium, Limketkai Mall.
August 22, 2015
Last year, Beatrice Alvarez Pohl was hailed Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014– the pride of Barangay Carmen. For this year’s competition, new set of ladies were revealed namely:
- Kiezela Quiz – Brgy Nazareth
- Maelyn Joy Unson – Brgy 21
- Rose Cherry Ruiz – Brgy Carmen
- Andrea Lesley Seronay – Brgy Lapasan
- Megan Julia Digal – Brgy Kauswagan
- Caroline Veronilla – Brgy Balulang
- Nikka Mae Esic – Brgy Macasandig
- Charlene Jane Huera – Brgy Macasandig
- Joyce Artango – Brgy Carmen
- Charinna Barro – Brgy Macasandig
- Yosabeth Valdehuesa – Brgy 14
- Dylanna Bax – Brgy Macasandig
This July 12, 2015, Saturday is the Talent Competition that will happen at SM City Cagayan de Oro and on August 8, 2015 is the Evening Gown Competition that will be held in Centrio Mall Activity Center. If you wish to have a great view of these events, make sure to arrive early at the mentioned venues.
The Coronation Night of Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015 is on the Saturday night of August 22, 2015 at 7pm to be held in Limketkai Atrium.
August 23, 2015
Kagay-an Festival Marathon
Cagayan de Oro’s 4th Kagay-an Festival Marathon will be enjoyed by marathon enthusiasts and athletes on August 23, 2015 to be held in Centrio Mall. There are 4 categories for the marathon viz:
- 3K (250php with event jersey and race bib)
- 5K (350php with event jersey, race bib and 100php meal stub)
- 21K (950php with event jersey, race bib timing chip, finisher’s jersey, 4 inch medal and meal)
- and 42K (php 1800 with event jersey, race bib timing chip, carbo loading dinner, finisher’s jersey, 6 inch medal and meal).
You can register in registration centers at La Cabana Spa, Sprint Multisports and Centrio Mall. You can also register online at race.ph.
August 29, 2015
Kagayhaan Music Festival invites locals and tourists in celebration for Kagay-an Festival that will materialize at Mapawa Nature Park on August 29, 2015 at around 3:30 in the afternoon. This event was launched last May 8, 2015 happened at XS Club lived up by Deuce Manila. It aims to uplift the peaceful image not only of Cagayan de Oro but of Mindanao as a whole, and tourism. The event will showcase talents from all over the Philippines, and introduce some of the best acts in the independent music scene and electronic dance music (EDM). The Mindanaw Tribal School Inc will be helped with the success of this festival. View more about Kagayhaan Music Festival here. Enjoy this day of love, music and dance by joining Kagayhaan Music Festival.
Higalaay Sports Festival
Higalaay Sports Festival can be enjoyed among local Kagay-anons and Kagay-anons at heart which is the collaboration of several sports such as Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Frisbee, Rugby, Swimming and Futsal.
A team sport called Rafthon can also be enjoyed by everyone. Rafthon involves two endurance disciplines called rafting and running that must be completed continuously. This event is a team sport that is expected to be participated by different groups, schools, organizations, local government units and companies in Cagayan de Oro. A way to showcase the essence of Higalaay which means Friendship through sports. There are two categories for Rafthon:
- Fun Run Adventure (Raft and Run)
- and Rafthon Challenge (Raft, Bike and Run)
Participants of the race are expected to be at the assembly venue in Kiosko, Divisoria at 4:00am. The race proper will happen at 6:00am and assumed to end at 12:00pm.
Succeeding events after Rafthon are the Awarding Ceremony and GMA Kapuso Night at 5pm.
This Rafthon will serve as the culminating event for the Higalaay Festival Party– the final event which has been the signature event of Cagayan de Oro that’ll take place at 9pm.
Take the chance to participate inn one of the Philippines’ grandest festivals and enjoy the experience of a Cagayan de Oro Fiesta! Experience the spirit of a true Kagay-anon and a one of a kind festival celebration. Be updated with the latest Cagayan de Oro fiesta news. Stay tuned to our Kagay-an Festival!