25 May Top Festivals and Attractions in Misamis Oriental in the Ending Months of Summer
It’s still summer, and you better believe it, because after all that rain in the evening, when the sun is high during the day, you still get a heat index of around 39º (Hot enough for you?). And knowing PAGASA and all its outdated and 1960’s era radars, typical government employee initiative, all they did was look out the window, saw the rain, and so declared the start of the rainy season. According the U.S. Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the high heat indexes due to the El Niño weather abnormality will still affect most of the Philippines right up to July. The coming rains brought by the La Niña weather abnormality, although slowly rearing its head as early as this month, will not fully manifest its full strength until somewhere in June.
In the meantime, if you’re getting tired of all those boring beaches and swimming pools, why not go to these coming festivals or attractions in Misamis Oriental so you can experience a more cultural celebration and fun.
Hudyaka Festival – Laguindingan
Not as greatly advertised like the Lanzones Festival or Kagayha-an Festival, but it is just as overwhelming, surprising, and beautiful. The Hudyaka Festival in the Misamis Oriental provincial town of Laguindingan is on July 12. The word means “revelry” or “celebration.”
This annual fiesta event’s main attraction is the street dancing competition that dramatizes the historical events of how Laguindingan became part of Misamis Oriental. The powerful and colorful costumes coupled with the unique choreography are a must see. It is said that the townspeople can tell if you’re not from the town, and will call you to their house to partake of their prepared food.
Town Fiesta – Balingoan
This seaport town of Balingoan may be small and spread out in its area, but when it celebrates its patron saint’s fiesta day, it can be a day of fun, a great parade (prepared months in advance), cultural shows, and a street dancing competition. It is annually scheduled every May 29. The town is so close knit that many townspeople who have migrated elsewhere make it their habit to come home for the fiesta. The parade and street dancing features very colorful floats, decorative costumes, and great choreography.
Religious and Cultural Attractions
Take a tour of all three museums in Cagayan de Oro because after all, its history and culture is intertwined with that of Misamis Oriental.
Go to Balingasag and visit the old Vega Ancestral homes. They allow you inside so you can experience what life was like in the 19th century.
The Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City is still an attraction not exclusive to just devotees. The end of summer is a great time for all these because there are less crowds and traffic.