05 Sep Higalaay Street Festival 2016 – Cagayan de Oro’s Signature Fiesta Event Draws Crowds to Party under the Electric Sky
The most sought after and awaited street dance party finally erupted during the city fiesta. The Higalaay Street Festival 2016 rave party took off under the electric skies of the Biasong Tinib Road at the Paseo del Rio Rotunda.
The rave party started on August 28 at 8:00 p.m. and romped and danced on until 4:00 a.m. of August 29.
Flairtending Competition and Fashion Show at Centrio
Before the rave party, a pre-rave party show was held last August 26 at the Activity Center of the Ayala Centrio Mall.
Last August 26, the Higalaay Tanduay Flair Tending and Bar Tending Competition and Jazz Up Your Higalaay Shirt Fashion Show was held at the Centrio Mall as part of the pre-rave party show.
The winner’s drink from the Tanduay competition would become the official drink mix that would be served as the free entrance drink to all ticket holders.
The fashion show also showed some of CDO’s top models as well as the winners of the Miss Cagayan de Oro pageant and the winners of the Barangay Gwapo All-Star Plus Season 6, all jazzed up in their specific Higalaay t-shirt styles.
Main Event Proper
At the rave party on August 28, the gates actually opened around 2:00 p.m. because by 3:00 p.m. a live Hip Hop Dance Contest opened the party.
Many of the dance groups were from Cagayan de Oro with groups coming from all over Misamis Oriental and even Iligan City. This was followed by the Flip Top Competition at around 4:00 p.m.
Several booths colored the street festival to provide drinks to the party-goers. Some booths even offered face paint to make the event more fun and enjoyable.
By 9:00 p.m. the real rave party really took off. DJ RB Banaag, Kyle Banaag, MC Paolo Avila, Nikko Cordero, Arnold Jag Sundqvist, Red Laviña Maningo, Mark Daquiz, R-funk Ylaya, Danna Lee, Bryan Paganpan Galarroza, Jason Mad Demata, MC White Boi, and Raymond “RainMan” Dizon provided the electric dance mixes that got everyone on their feet pounding down on the pavement.
With last year’s resounding success, this year’s street festival proved to be much more with Jenil Aspiras (international DJ) and Ace Ramos.
Before midnight a couple of fire dancers performed in front of the DJ stage to the delight and awe of the audience.
At around 12 midnight, the highlights of the party were the sudsy and soapy foam that was released to get the party-goers all wet as well as the fireworks display that got everyone shouting to the high heavens.
What Can You Get from the Tickets?
VIP Gold tickets were sold out even at P700 for an early bird promo price of P500. This included a Smart Sim, wristband, balloons, glow sticks, free 4 drinks, and free t-shirt. The VIP Platinum at P1,000 also went on early bird promo at P700. This included a choice of seats on the second floor, a Smart Sim, wristband, balloons, glow sticks, unlimited free drinks, and free t-shirt. General admission price was at P300 with an early bird promo of P250. This included a Smart Sim, wristband, balloon, and one free drink. Official shirts were also sold at the entrance ticket booths in black or white shades.
Sponsors and Media Partners
The Higalaay Street Festival 2016 was sponsored by Rafthon-Cagayan de Oro, Smart Communications, Tanduay Rhum, Higalaay Festival Cagayan de Oro, Ayala Centrio Mall, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, San Miguel Beer, Nature’s Spring and Dunkin Donuts.
Media partners include; Mindanao Daily, Mindanao Business Week, and media partner ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao.
About Cagayan de Oro together with a team of bloggers are the event’s Online Media partners.