And it’s fiesta time again in the big OZ! As part of the city’s celebration, the Subayan Keg Subanen Festival which is a street dancing and merrymaking event was held this morning in the streets of Ozamis! This is an annual tradition of Ozamisnons to honor the early settlers of the city who were the Subanens.
All secondary schools in Ozamis City participated in the street dancing competition with a total of 14 contingents.
Then the showdown began with the unique Subanen dance moves depicting their rich cultural heritage.
So congratulations to all the winners as follows:
Festival Champion – Ozamis City School of Arts and Trade (OCSAT)
2nd Place – Calabayan National High School
Best in Costume – Ozamis City School of Arts and Trade (OCSAT)
Best in Choreography – Ozamis City School of Arts and Trade (OCSAT)
Year after year, the Subayan Keg Subanen Festival have upgraded its performance. I am proud to say that it can now be compared with the other Philippine-renowned festivals like Cebu’s Sinulog. Hopefully next year, all Ozamisnons would grace the occasion by witnessing such festivities so the streets of Ozamis would be fully jam-packed. It would be a shame for an Ozamisnon to have missed paying tribute to his or her roots. Just one simple act of being a spectator would matter a lot so huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bayan. Mahalin natin ang sariling atin! 🙂
Happy Fiesta, Ozamis! 🙂
This blog post is dedicated to my dear uncle, Mr. Mario William Olandesca who is now physically living in the States but mentally and heartily living in Ozamis. He misses Ozamis so much and is now very active in the Facebook group, Taga Ozamis Ka Kung (TOKK) which shows how he ultimately loves his hometown.