Officers of Promote CDO and some key players for Kagay-an Festival 2009 (From left): Ms. Nelia Lee of COHARA, Ms. Eileen San Juan, Chair of Kagay-an Festival 2009, Kag. Dante Pajo, representing the city government, Promote CDO President Ruben Vegafria, Trustee Nimfa Albania and DOT Regional Director Butch Chan. - photo by Ed Montalvan
Officers of Promote CDO and some key players for Kagay-an Festival 2009 (From left): Ms. Nelia Lee of COHARA, Ms. Eileen San Juan, Chair of Kagay-an Festival 2009, Kag. Dante Pajo, representing the city government, Promote CDO President Ruben Vegafria, Trustee Nimfa Albania and DOT Regional Director Butch Chan. - photo by Ed Montalvan

Promote CDO Foundation, the organizer of Kagay-an Festival has launched the Kagay-an Festival 2009 in simple ceremonies last week. This year’s celebration is expected to be bigger than the previous years and will have more core events as in the past.

This year’s festival will center on 8 Core eevents, 3 more than the previous years. Added to this year’s celebration is the 13th Kumbira, the culinary show and live competitions of the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA), the National Horse Show and Competition and the Garbo sa Oro 2009. The Kumbira and Horse Show has been staged in the city in the past but this year it shall be made part of the festival Celebrations.

The Garbo sa Oro is a recognition of Outstanding Kagay-anons during a gala get-together at the Rodelsa Hall of Lioceo de Cagayan University on August 28, 2009, Kagay-anons who have brought honor and prode to Cagayan de Oro City will be called onstage and will be awarded with special designed trophy with the official seals of Cagayan de Oro and Promote CDO.

This year the selection will be based on Kagay-anons who have won awards/ prizes/ recognition in the national and international arenas in the past two years.

Key players and Core Event Chairmen as they cut the cake as a ceremonial gesture for the launching of the festival. - photo by Ed Montalvan
Key players and Core Event Chairmen as they cut the cake as a ceremonial gesture for the launching of the festival. - photo by Ed Montalvan

Kumbira is the longest running regional culinary competition in the country. The event features various food and beverage competitions, cooking demonstrations by experts in the food industry and trade exhibit on Hotel and Restaurant Equipment, Supplies and Services.

Kumbira will also host the 2nd Mindanao Chef Wars, a regional live cooking competition for professional and student teams to represent Mindanao in the Chef Wars National Competiton in September.

The National Horse Show and Competition is in partnership with the Cagayan de Oro Horsemen. They are hosting the 4th Leg of the Philippine Horsemen Federation National Horse Show and Competition. The event will showcase equestrian competitions and races. Horsemen from Manila, Davao, Cavite, Cebu Masbate and Bukidnon are expected to join this event.

The other Core Events that have been a major part of the festival in the past will still be there with some having some slight variations.

The Lambagohan River festivities will still have the competition of river rafts but this time this will be capped woth a Fluvial procession at dusk as a pre-fiesta celebration of the city’s patron St. Agustine. This will also be highlighted with the floating of lanterns made of indigenous and biodegradAble materials.

Lambagohan will be co-organized by Safer River Life Foundation and the oro Association of Rafters (AORs).

The Kagay-an Dance Fest, the Golden Float Parade Competition, the Regional Trade Fair and the Miss Kagay-an 2009 will still be staged.

This year’s Dance fest will no longer be limited to the Higao-non Dances but will now cover tribal dances of Northern Mindanao tribes. The Regional Tade Fair will concentrate on the OTOP of Northern Mindanao while the Miss Kagay-an may have the same criteria and qualifications as in the previous years.

This year’s Chairperson of the festival is Ms. Eieen E. San Juan, Vice President of Promte CDO Foundation.

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