MAHINOG, Camiguin, October 20 — A longer and grander caravan around the island’s 64.08 kilometer circumferential roads jovially opened the 32nd celebration of the Camiguin Lanzones Festival.
At the Camiguin Tourism Center, Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo cut the ceremonial ribbon to formally open the festivities. He was assisted by Vice Governor Leo G. Lasacar and witnessed by town and provincial officials in this “island born of fire,” also known for its natural wonders and sweetest lanzones-bearing trees.
Slated from Oct. 16 to 23, the event showcases Camiguin’s native fruit at the Agro-Industrial Technology Trade Fair dubbed as “UGMAD,” which means “to till’ or “to cultivate” in the local dialect.
Other activities include ‘Kalanrakas sa Kabataan,’ a charivari street dancing which is held in each of the five municipalities of the island province.
Kalanrakas winners will then compete for the grand showdown on Saturday, October 23 which marks the peak of the 2011 Lanzones Festival.
Other interesting activities include the “Harana in Kinamiguing” or love songs in the local Camiguin dialect, cooking contests, and a variety of choral, folk dance, kiddie theater, and draw and tell competitions.
Also highlight of the festivities is the “Pasigarbo sa Camiguin Presents,” a showcase of tourism destinations, products and services including the island’s culture and heritage.
Festival’s most awaited event is the street dancing which will be held on Oct. 22 starting from Old Parola Wharf and will end at Poblacion Barangay Hall. The ground demonstration or tableau competition will follow in the afternoon.
Mahinog town represented by Columbia St. Michael’s Parish High School (CSMPHS) again strives to win and defend its title as Camiguin Lanzones Festival grand champion in three consecutive years for street dancing and two consecutive years in tableau.
The Mutya Sa Buahanan Beauty Pageant 2011 (Miss Camiguin Tourism) will be on Oct. 22 at the Plaza Union (1914). (PIO/PIA-10/by Homer R. Jajalla)