Unique ‘Kalamay Festival’ reels off

Mayor Trixie Fernandez of San Enrique, Iloilo

The town of San Enrique in Iloilo, Philippines celebrates Kalamay Festival on July 12 – a tribute to its main crop sugarcane, from where sugar (kalamay in Hiligaynon) is made.

San Enrique Mayor Trixie Fernandez said July 12 this year is San Enrique’s 62nd founding anniversary as a municipality. Activities start early morning with a ‘Pasalamat’ thanksgiving mass, then a ‘Paghiliusa’ civic parade and a commemorative program ‘Handumanan’.

There’s also a ‘Pangabuhian’ trade fair, a quiz bee on local history ‘Maragtas sang Banwa’ among elementary graders, ‘Paindis-indis sa Pag-amba kag Pamulong-pulong’ and ‘Pasidungog’ to honor two model families from each barangay, according to tourism officer Dr. Jose Patubo.

Kalamay Festival is actually a week-long celebration from July 8 to 14 consisting of cultural pageantry, trade fair, sports and food fests, among others. This year’s theme is “One Vision, One Tradition, One Celebration.”

San Enrique became a municipality on July 12, 1957 when then President Carlos P Garcia signed Executive Order 259 separating San Enrique from the town of Passi.

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