Kalilangan Festival is an annual celebration in General Santos City held in the Month of February. It coincides with the city’s founding anniversary and is held in celebration of the arrival of the pioneers of General Santos City which was led by Gen. Paulino Santos and the warm welcome of the local residents mainly the Maguindanaoans and B’laans that created a harmonious relationship between them.The Festival is also a celebration of the city’s economic growth, progressive tourism and and entertainment and also showcases the memory of its glorious past and old age traditions.
Street Dancing in Kalilangan
IT SEEMED like the entire populace of General Santos City was out in the streets last February 27. It was the last day of the Kalilangan Festival 2010, and the day when dance contingents brought their best to the streets of General Santos City.The contingents were divided into two categories: the Kadsagayan Competition and the Mindanao Festivals Competition. The contingents from within General Santos City competed in the Kadsagayan Competition.Meanwhile, groups representing the various festivals in Mindanao competed in the Mindanao Festivals Competition.Competing in the Kadsagayan Competition were Barangay Bula, Buayan High School, SPED High School, Trade School, and Datu Acad Elementary School.And representing their festivals were contingents from Malapatan, Bagumbayan, Tampakan, Sultan Kudarat Pendatun 1, General Santos City, Sarmiento, and Sultan Kudarat Pendatun 2. Together with their own Festival Queens, the contingents from other parts showcased their best music and dance on the streets of General Santos City.
General Santos City is a three time awardee for the “Most Competitive City” in the Philippines for the years 1999-2000 (all cities), 2000-2001 (mid-sized city) and 2001-2002, an honor bestowed by the Asian Institute of Management SGV policy forum and the Department of Trade and Industry.
Perhaps, unlike more prominent Philippine festivals which started out as an output of a planned concept, Tuna Festival sprung from a spontaneous idea. In 1998, during the 30th City Charter Anniversary, the General Santos City Tourism Association (GSCTA) – a consortium of hotels, resorts, restaurants, travel agencies, and other tourism-related establishments, then chaired by Mrs. Liwanag Ferrer – staged a one of a kind affair at the then Halieus Mall (now RD Plaza), that showcased gastronomical tuna cuisine through culinary competitions, exhibits, and such other visual and taste delights anchoring on the bounty of the sea with emphasis on tuna as the central thematic relishment.
A Parada sa dagat or street dancing, Tuna revolution or float parade competition including the Higante ng dagat competition is one of the highlights during the culmination of the activities is expected to have a live in the street signaling to Gensanian’s. The Bancarera competition and the opening of the 5th tuna congress and trade exhibit for tuna industry, the Coca-cola Hottah concert, Shashimi night and the blood bath would be on Sept. 4 during the said event in oval plaza tuna saya will also be held at the where luscious sashimi are serve while ethnic and folk dances are being presented to paid ticket holders.
Tuna Float Competition in Tuna Festival
The week-long celebration features different events and activities focusing on the tuna industry of the province. Among these are the annual Tuna Congress, the Tuna Fiesta Carnival, the Tuna Culinary Skills Competition, the Sashimi Night, the Fish Dance Competition, Miss GenSan Pageant, the Bodyfest Modeling Competition, and the Float Light Parade.Aside from food exhibitions and several other competitions, the festival also highlights the annual Karagatan Awards. This event, organized by the Tuna Festival Council and local government, honors “the unsung heroes of the fishing industry” by giving them awards.
Sto. Niño Fluvial Parade in bula Gensan
I did really felt the “fiesta fever” while on board the fishing vessel during theSto.Niño Fluvial Parade, there were foods prepared by each participating vessels for everyone to partake. There’s also inuman, singing and some dancing to the tune of the sinulog beat. Some of the fishing vessels ahead of ours also released balloons to the sky and some others fireworks.Devotees of the Senior Sto.Niños and revelers on-board fishing vesselsAnd here’s a video to give you an idea what’s happening on-board the fishing vessels during and before the Sto.Niño Fluvial Parade in Bula, General Santos CityThe highlight of the Feast of the Senior Sto. Niño in Barangay Bula is the fluvial parade which is participated by most of the fishing industry players in General Santos City, most of which were from Brgy. Bula.