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Anchors aweigh for Palayag Festival in Guimaras

ILOILO CITY (PIA6) – The municipal government of Buenavista in Guimaras is hopeful that this year’s celebration of Palayag Festival will lead the province to full recovery from the recent pandemic.

Mayor Samuel Gumarin on Tuesday, Jan. 9, said they have made adjustments to make the festival attractive to visitors.

He added that ‘Palayag’ was not just a celebration of culture, but of their hope and dreams for the town and its people, noting that the theme of the festival this year is, “Palayag para sa mas masanag nga palaabuton (Palayag for brighter future)."

“Palayag means to us, literally, it is a celebration nga naga-embody sang amon kultura, pamatasan, kag ralab-uton namon nga values kag handom sa paalabuton. This festival will bring not only hope, but development sa banwa. This festival is designed to stimulate sang nadula namon nga ekonomiya for almost three years. Tani ma-sustain ni namon ang amon ekonomiya (Palayag means a celebration of our culture, traits and our dreams. The festival will bring not only hope, but development in our town. This festival is designed to boost our economy. I hope we can sustain it),” Gumarin said.

For this year, the Buenavista LGU said they aim to surpass the 15,000-tourist arrival they recorded during the weeklong celebration last year; while also hoping to earn more than P2.3 million.

Buenavista Mayor Samuel Gumarin orients members of the media of the events prepared by the LGU for the 17th Palayag Festival. (PIA Iloilo photo)

The term “palayag” is defined as boat sailing with the use of “layag” which means sail.

Buenavista LGU also clarified that Palayag Festival, which is celebrated every third Sunday of January, is different from the Paraw Regatta Festival as it depicts the rich cultural tradition of the oldest municipality of the Province of Guimaras through the presentation of songs and cultural performances.

The Buenavista LGU held a fluvial parade in honor of Senior Sto. Niño (Baby Jesus) to kickoff the celebration of Palayag Festival. (PIA Iloilo photo)

Meanwhile, to kick off the weeklong celebration from Jan. 9 to 21, the Buenavista LGU held a fluvial parade of the Senior Sto. Niño (Baby Jesus) at the Guimaras-Iloilo strait, which was followed by a religious mass at the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church.

Other events during the festival also include different sports competitions like softball, basketball, volleyball, bike race, and motocross while different band performances will also entertain the crowd at night, including the much-anticipated coronation night of the Lin-ay sang Buenavista.

There will also be a trade fair and food fest during the celebration; while the festival will culminate on Jan. 21 with a cultural presentation dubbed “Sugilanon sang mga Buenavistahanon”, a foam party, and fireworks display at night.

The Buenavista Municipal Police Office, on the other hand, assured tourists of their safety as they already ironed out their deployment plan, including the rerouting and road closure plans, to ensure the safety and security of the public.

The schedule of ferry boats travelling from Buenavista to Iloilo City, and vice-versa, is also extended until 2 a.m. during the entire celebration to give potential tourists more time to experience the festivity. (AAL/JNH/PIA Iloilo)

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