Thousands of people were gathered at the brightened Koronadal rotunda (fondly called the "roundball" by the locals) one Sunday evening. The city center was at its brightest. The deafening drumbeats once again filled the air and it was complemented by stomps of hundreds of performers!
It’s the culmination night of Hinugyaw Festival which, held every 10th of January, and the commemoration of the 76th foundation anniversary of Koronadal City formerly called Marbel!
The mood fits the literal meaning of the festival which comes from the word hugyaw, a Hiligaynon term for merrymaking. Children clad in colorful indigenous and folk costumes set the momentum of the celebration. When the street performers were called, history and colorful stories that contributed to what Koronadal is today were narrated in euphoric beats and heavy dances.
More than the beats and the dances, the street revelry is a history lesson in itself telling of the lives of the different ethnic groups (mostly of Christian pioneer settlers, the Maguindanaoans and the indigenous Blaan peoples) that inhabited Koronadal Valley in the heart of South Cotabato province.
The following photographs capsulize the night that was during the Hinugyaw Festival 2016 culmination:
|Presenting the stories of Maguindanoaan tribe as one of the ethnic groups in Koronadal Valley|
|Oh, this site of the round ball with the blinding lights and the stomping waiting to happen.|
|The city LGUs very own Hinugyaw Cultural Dance troupe|
|General Santos, watching'em all!|
|Fan wave for Hinugyaw!|
|This takes me back to that moment of revelry!|
|This epic portrayal of Albert Morrow's leadership in the early Koronadalenos' struggle against the Japanese conquerors.|
|The Hinugyaw Vibe!|