MAMBAJAO CAMIGUIN, Sept 10 (PIA) — A 10-day fun filled activities kick-off Mambajao’s 157th devotional fiesta celebration.
Mambajao is the capital town of the province, where most of the island’s tourist destinations also lies.
Known to be deeply religious people, the residents of Mambajao continue to celebrate grandiosely their devotion to their patron saint.
For the town, they commemorate year after year this thanksgiving, every 10th day of September in honor to Saint Nicolas.
This custom takes many by surprise as besides the traditional merriment, everybody goes home happy and full. Sumptuous food flows at everybody’s table ready for the take, the good thing here is, doors are open even to strangers.
This has been the common practice here among locals, for they believe that the act exemplifies the true essence of thanksgiving-choosing not the people we share our blessings with.
The festivity opened as early as August 31 with a “PistaDagan 2012 “ (Fiesta Fun Run 2010) and a street party dubbed as “Hudyaka” which is scheduled nightly up until the actual day of the feast.
A nightly presentation consisting of plays, songs and dances entertained the townsfolk. This year’s presentations were theater-inspired like performances on the Sound of Music, Evita, Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, Phantom of the Opera, and the Dalagang Bukid.
Students, private sector group and government employees’ work together to come up with a more interesting, lively and exceptional production each year.
The celebration also features a unique fashion show termed as “Trashion” or turning trashes in to fashion, as a way of awakening people’s cooperation in the local government’s campaign on waste management, specifically, on reducing plastic use in the municipality.
Other activities propped includes the search for singing ambassador, fire and rescue drill exhibition, drum and lyre competition, ground demonstration, interschool speech contest, medical mission, and the Little Miss Mambajao Pageant.
To cap the festivity, one lucky beauty will likewise be crowned as the Miss Mambajao 2012. (PIA 10)