Cagayan de Oro’s fiesta remains festive amid the pandemic

By : Jigger Jerusalem Mindanao Today/02:06:41pm 08/29/2021


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COLORFUL. One of the entries of the photo contest organized by the Oro Photographic Society this year shows performers in the street dancing competition during Cagayan de Oro’s annual city fiesta celebration before the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Abel Matthew Silawan)


CAGAYAN de Oro City’s annual fiesta has pushed through despite the ongoing pandemic, but with a different twist. This time, the activities have gone digital.

The various events that are usually held during the fiesta are no longer “crowded” as physical presence is still disallowed owing to the high cases of the coronavirus, but the same can be accessed online.

The festivities have pushed through but revelers can longer physically attend and can only watch in the comfort of their homes as authorities have banned mass gatherings of people.

This is the second year that the fiesta is being celebrated virtually and the city government is not taking any chances after Cagayan de Oro’s classification was upgraded to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the highest level, when cases of Covid-19’s delta variant was detected earlier this month.

It has been downgraded, however, to modified ECQ, covering the period of Aug. 16 to 31, 2021.

In spite of that strict quarantine classification, festival organizers have added two more events to make the city’s annual fiesta more memorable – the “Higala Parada Minirela” and “Carnival Queen.”

According to the city government, the two new events will be streaming in the “Higalaay Festival” where the city’s pride will be performed, the city's traditional mode of transportation, and the exclusive carnival queens in every barangay.

At the Friends Parade Minirela, local artists will meet their handcrafted miniatures in motorized caritela, where winners will receive P5, 000 in 3rd place, P6, 000 on 2nd place, and P10, 000 for the 1st place.

Meanwhile, also witness colorful costumes and different dance routines of the ladies who will be involved in the Friends Carnival Queen competition, where the 3rd placer can win P5,000, P6,000 for the 2nd placer and P10, 000 for the declared Carnival Queen 2021.

The competition and awarding of such events will be witnessed on the Music & The City Facebook page at 10:00 am on August 27 and 28.

Here’s the rundown of activities of the month-long fiesta celebration:

Aug. 1 at 3:00 p.m., Higalaay video launching; Aug. 7 at 10:00 a.m., Oro Photographic Society winners announced. Theme: food;

Aug. 13 at 7:00 p.m., Banda Oro; Aug. 14 at 10:00 a.m. Oro Photographic Society winners’ announcement. Theme: Portraits;

Aug. 18 at 12:00 noon, Novena mass for St. Monica (to run until Aug. 27);

Aug. 20 at 7:00 p.m., Banda Oro; Aug. 21 at 10:00 a.m., Oro Photographic Society winners’ announcement. Theme: Cagayan de Oro site; at 10:30 am, Higalaay Cosplay;

Aug. 22 and 23 at 5:00 p.m., Hello CdeO TikTok episode;

Aug. 24, 25 & 26 at 10:00 a.m., Kumbira Online 2021, a culinary show and live competitions and webinars; at 3:00 p.m., Local Pride by Ginama;

Aug. 25 at 3:00 p.m., Luna by Oro Creatives; Aug. 26 at 3:00 p.m., Stories from the Sister Cities;

Aug. 27 @10 am Hello CdeO TikTok awarding; Aug. 28 at 10:00 a.m., Cagayan Carnival Queen Virtual Dance showdown;

Aug. 29, Kumbira 25th Year Special; and Aug. 30 at 3:00 p.m., recap of religious fiesta celebrations.


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