The vibrant hues of tradition and the spirit of unity illuminated the streets of Sorsogon as the much-anticipated Kasanggayahan Festival 2023 kicked off its grand celebration. This annual event, held from October 8 to 17, marks the 129th anniversary of Sorsogon Province’s founding and commemorates the 454th year of Christianity’s presence in Luzon, tracing its roots back to the historic Gibalon shrine in Magallanes, Sorsogon.
The festival, a testament to Sorsogon’s rich history and cultural heritage, captivated the hearts of both locals and visitors alike. Traditional dances, melodious music, and captivating theatrical performances took center stage, weaving a tapestry of Sorsogon’s unique identity. The grand parade, adorned with vibrant floats and resplendent traditional costumes, painted the town with colors of pride and joy, symbolizing the unity of its people.
Senator Francis Tolentino and Department of Tourism Secretary Cristina Garcia Frasco graced the festival’s opening ceremony, emphasizing the event’s significance in promoting Sorsogon’s cultural richness. The morning began with the Unity and Civic Parade, a lively procession that showcased the active participation of various sectors. The provincial government, led by Governor Edwin “Boboy” Hamor, representatives from Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, Civic Organizations, and influential figures from the private sector, joined hands in this jubilant spectacle.
Under the theme, “Kooperasyon tungo sa progresibong Sorsogon, Una an Sorsoganon” (Cooperation towards a progressive Sorsogon, Sorsoganon First), this year’s festival emphasizes the power of unity and community collaboration. Sorsoganons, in harmony, strive towards a brighter and more prosperous future for their beloved province.
“The Kasanggayahan Festival stands as a testament to our shared history, cultural heritage, and the spirit of cooperation that defines us as Sorsoganons. It’s more than just a celebration; it’s a reflection of our unity, resilience, and determination to move forward together,” expressed Governor Edwin “Boboy” Hamor.
The Kasanggayahan Festival 2023 promises an array of exciting events and activities, fostering a sense of pride and camaraderie among the people of Sorsogon. As the festival unfolds, it continues to inspire unity, celebrate culture, and pave the way for a more progressive Sorsogon.
About Kasanggayahan Festival
The Kasanggayahan Festival is an annual celebration in Sorsogon Province, Philippines, commemorating its founding and showcasing the region’s vibrant cultural heritage. The festival promotes unity, cultural diversity, and community pride, attracting visitors from across the nation.