Colorful fete of Carigara’s 423rd Town Fiesta
Carigara, Leyte has been celebrating its town fiesta every 16th of July since 1595 in honor of Santa Cruz del Triunfo. Various activities are held every year to entice people not only in the celebration but also in keeping the Filipino values, such as bayanihan and hospitality, alive. Being part of the community, MCWD joined the colorful fete of Carigara on its 423rd Town Fiesta Celebration.
Opening the Fiesta Celebration, Holy Cross College of Carigara Class 1994 and Local Government Unit of Carigara held the First Carigara Fiesta Marathon and Color Fun Run. The event kicked-off as early as 1am, MCWD Water Warriors together with hundreds of runners from different agencies, schools, towns, and municipalities joined the fun. Finishers completed their own laps in 42K, 21K, 5K and 1k distances along the vicinity of Carigara and nearby towns Barugo, Capoocan and Tunga.
The colorful fun run was followed by Carigara’s first attempt to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Number of Philippine Folk Dancers dancing to Kuratsa. Thousands of men and women wearing colorful costumes covered the streets of Carigara on July 18, 2018.
The Kuratsa is a dance of courtship from the Visayas region of the Philippines. The dance is performed in three parts, with three different paces. The couple starts the performance with a ballroom waltz. Then the music changes to a faster beat for the “chasing” act, in which the female dancer escapes and the male chases her. The tempo picks up even more for the last part, in which the chase ends with an energetically teasing scene. The female is won over, and the male imitates a flamboyant bird in a mating dance.
Looking around was like a glimpse of the past on this sun-drenched Saturday afternoon. Around 4,821 pairs of students, barangay officials, employees from the government and privates sectors and local residents of Carigara united in making a history as they joyfully danced their way to Guinness Book of World Records for 2018.
Lighting up the night of July 14, various merrymakers from Carigara I District, Carigara II District, Carigara National Vocational School, SK Federation, LGBT, Jugaban National High School, J and F and Carigara Fitness Dance Group paraded around the town entertaining the on-lookers and visitors. Drawing more crowd, Puregold, Holy Cross Alumni Association and ALDRHYN Enterprises showcased their craftsmanship on their colourfully-lighted floats representing their businesses.
Beautiful streets, lighted decors, bright smiles, loud cheers and glowing faces were seen on the streets of the town. Carigara’s 423rd Fiesta Celebration indeed brought light and color to the town’s people just like a ray of hope in the middle of everyday struggle. Local community spirit was felt around the town making it more of a home to the locals and visitors.