‘Higantes’ To Lord Over City Streets Next Month
The higantes will represent different kinds of marine species and will mingle with the crowd during the Sad-sad sa Kalye and Pasundayag sa Kalye (street dancing and street display).
The giant structures were the original feature of the first-ever Sinadya Festival staged in 1988.
However, they were scrapped from the succeeding celebrations due to their depiction of aswangs (witches) and other paranormal creatures that cost the city a negative image.
This time, they were back in the form of marine products to boost this city being the Seafood Capital of the Philippines.
Nine higantes will be featured this year, representing each of the nine clusters.
Special awards will be given to the higantes like the Best in Performance (by cluster), Best Higante and Best in Creativity, among others, according to Vice Mayor Ronnie Dadivas.
Dadivas is a member of this year’s Sinadya sa Halaran Steering Committee.
The higantes represent the “big strides or leaps” that this city has made towards progress, the organizers of the first Sinadya said.
The Parade of Higantes is among the features of this year’s Sinadya sa Halaran, a fusion of two festivals Sinadya and Halaran.
Sinadya is the merrymaking aspect of the city fiesta in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
On the other hand, Halaran, launched in 1975, is the province’s cultural extravaganza featuring the Capiz province’s rich cultural heritage and recalling the historic purchase of Panay by the Bornean datus./PN