“Hala! ang barko mura’g molopaday sa gabii! Nindot kaayo.” “Asa ka kakita’g barko nga technicolor?”
Overheard two innocent graders along the city’s national highway watching the evening float night parade of Butuan City’s annual fiesta celebration, May 19.
Initiated last year, the illuminated parade dubbed as “Lamdag Balangay” and street-dancing as “Indak Balangay” is a double treat to Butuanons and guests of all ages who flocked to see a dramatic and fantasy-like experience. A rare event offered in local festivals. Butuan’s Balangay Festival is a surefire cut above the rest.
The spectacle doubles as it reached another dimension—that of historical relevance and depth creatively expressed through ethnic dance and music on the grand stage of the Festival Center at Libertad Sports Complex to a fully-packed grandstand with Manila-based Butuanon pop singers lasting in the wee hours.
Through the restlessness and creative energy of young performers coming from different high schools the “Indakan” and historical “showdown” was a massive display of historical creativity. No doubt it brought the audience back to its roots.
Butuanons sure know how to look back the past with honor and pride.
See you the next Balangay Festival and fly, no, sail to the ocean of dreams and possibilities.
Photo courtesy of Kim Bless