Last July 4, barely a month before Cagayan de Oro’s Higalaay Festival officially starts, the schedule of activities for the month-long celebration was publicly released by the City Administration of CDO. If you and your friends are planning to join one of the country’s colorful festivals, then better mark your calendars and prepare yourself for the upcoming Higalaay Festival 2015. Here’s the official schedule of activities:
August 10 to 31, 2015 – Garden Show and Agri Fair (Venue: Duaw Kagay-an Park)
Activities: showcase of agronomic products coming from the different barangays in the city; display of garden plants (ornamental) and landscaping creativity.
August 12 to 14, 2015 – Kumbira (Venue: Limketkai Mall Atrium)
Kumbira is the country’s longest running culinary show that features the city’s best restaurants and chefs including the city’s most promising culinary/HRM students. The event is attended by culinary aficionados not just from CDO but from neighboring municipalities and cities as well. For this year, Kumbira’s theme is “Let’s Talk Ingredients.”
August 22 to 23, 2015 – Cowboy Festival Annual Horse Show (Venue: Roa Property, PN Roa Avenue)
Activities: Racing competitions for horsemen like the Obstacle Race, Barrel Race, and Oval Race
August 22 to 30, 2015 – Kahimunan Northern Mindanao: Food & Lifestyle Show (Venue: to be announced)
This trade exhibition will be showcasing Northern Mindanao-Region X’s finest products including popular pasalubongs. Products coming from the region’s small and medium scale entrepreneurs will also be displayed during this event.
August 22, 2015 – Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015 (Venue: Limketkai Mall Atrium)
Considered as one of the highlights of Higalaay Festival, Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015 has already started its pre-pageant activities since June. Prior to the Coronation Night, the Evening Gown Competition will be held this August 8, 2015 at the Centrio Mall Activity Center.
August 23, 2015 – The Kagay-an Festival Marathon (Venue: Centrio Mall (starting point and finish line))
The city’s annual marathon event every August features four racing categories: 42 km, 21 km, 5 km, and 3 km run.
August 23, 2015 – Cagayan de Oro Carnival Parade (from Luna-Velez St to Divisoria)
Another highlight of the festival which was introduced last year only, the Carnival Parade is a lively and colorful street fiesta that includes a lot of dancing and singing. This event is attended by schools and institutions from CDO, wearing their most vibrant and artistic costumes while parading through the heart of CDO – Divisoria.
August 23, 2015 – The Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons (from Rodelsa Circle to Limketkai Center)
CDO’s variety of the civic-military parade featuring Higalas that symbolize the rich culture and history of the city.
August 28, 2015 – Religious Procession
In celebration with the Feast of St. Augustine, the religious parade will start exactly at four in the morning.
August 28, 2015 – Fluvial Procession
The city’s religious annual procession, which aims to ask for the endless blessing of the Cagayan River and also to raise awareness of the river’s current status, will start at Macajalar Bay and end on the area of the river near Duaw Park.
Apart from these major events, several activities in connection with the festival will also be held, which include:
The 1st Mindanao Photo Summit – July 31 to August 2, 2015
CDO Bazaar and Night Café – Eating Bread Competition (August 08, 4pm to 12mn)
Road Pasalubong Bazaar (August 21 to 27, 12nn to 12mn)
Street Fiesta Party (August 28, 4pm to 12mn)
Night Out Party (August 29, 7pm to 12mn)
2015 Regional Skills Competition – August 17 to 18, 2015
National Guppy Show and Exhibit – August 24 to 28, 2015, Limketkai Mall
Rafthon – August 29, 2015
Kagayhaan Music Festival – August 29, 2015 (whole day), MAPAWA Adventure Park
2015 CDO Badminton Fiesta Challenge – August 28 to 30, 2015