OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, July 16 (PIA) -- Hundreds of locals and guests witnessed the colorful Subayan Keg Subanen Festival 2019 in Ozamiz City in celebration of its 71st Founding Anniversary.
City Government of Ozamiz through the leadership of Mayor Sancho Fernando "Ando" Oaminal together with Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director Elaine Marie Unchuan, Cong. Henry Oaminal, Gov. Philip Tan, board members, city officials, and Police Major Jovie Espenido celebrated the annual event together.
This year, 16 contingents joined the festival coming from different schools in Ozamiz City.
In his welcome message, Mayor Oaminal said the Subayan Keg Subanen Festival means "inviting you to come to our culture."
"It showcases the lifestyles of Subanen who derived their name from Visayan word 'Suba' meaning river and Subayen, another Visayan word for 'Subay' meaning looking through," he added.
"The best food and festival cultural dance shows our proud culture here in Ozamiz, a place we call home," the mayor said.
"More than providing entertainment, the Subayen keg Subanen Festival in Ozamiz pays homage to Subanen tribe," he added.
This is a yearly festival of Subanen to showcase different ways of rituals as a form of thanksgiving such as wedding, courtship, hunting, baptism, healing of the sick, planting, and harvesting.
Meanwhile, Gov. Philip Tan said, "I'm very happy because this event is people centered and family centered activity. ''Tungod kay bisag nanayaw ang mga bata pero ang tibuok pamilya naga suporta ug nag sakripisyo (Because even if the kids are dancing, the entire family is supporting and sacrificing)," he said.
"When there is volunteerism, when there is commitment, when there is Bayanihan spirit and when there is sacrifice for Ozamiz there is nothing that can stop Ozamiz to succeed because all of you have sacrificed and nothing can stop wether rain or flood that is why we are all here in our beloved Ozamiz," the governor said.
Tan also handed a check worth P200,000 for the Subayan Keg Subanen Festival.
Meanwhile, Cong. Oaminal said the rain represents the blessing and progress of Ozamiz City.
He also gave additional P200,000 cash prize.
Ozamiz City School of Arts and Trade (OCSAT) was hailed as this year's champion for the Street Dancing Competition, bringing home P150,000 as cash prize.
The dance group also bagged 1st place festival queen.
Ozamiz City National High School (OCNHS) placed first with P85,000 as cash prize also won Best Street Dancing; Jose Lim Ho National High School got third with P55,000 cash prize; Misamis Annex Integrated High School won fourth place with P45,000 and Best in Costume; while San Antonio National High School took the fifth spot with P35,000 cash prize.
Misamis Institute of Technology won Best in Musicality and Labo National High School got the Best in Props.
Non-winning contingents also received a consolation prize of P30,000.
The festival is part of the week-long activities in celebration of Ozamiz City's 71st Charter Day Annivesary and Feast of Nuestra Senora dela Concepcion y del Triunfo. (Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/PIA MisOcc)