Roxas City (April 8)-- This year’s CAPIZtahan 2013 Festival, which is set on April 12 to 15 to mark the 112th foundation day of the civil government of Capiz and the 65th death anniversary of President Manuel Acuña Roxas, will definitely be grander and better than those staged in previous years.
The assurance was made by Melanie Arancillo, executive director of ONE Capiz, which handles what now has become a yearly festivity. Arancillo said they have come up with a number of innovations to make this year’s celebration truly spectacular.
For one, the Parade of Lights, which has become the major attraction the festival, will now have tribes accompanying the 20 or so floats participating in the parade. Tribe members, with their bodies now adorned by lights, will gyrate as they join the parade.
The parade of Lights could possibly be the only of its kind in the country. The three-dimensional floats adorned with tiny Christmas lights are featured in the parade are truly a sight to behold, said Arancillo.
As a tribute to President Roxas on his 65th death anniversary, One Capiz through help of Mrs. Judy Araneta Roxas, will bring “irreplaceable” memorabilia of the late President from the national museum, Malacañang and Clark.
The memorabilia, to be put on public display at the Roxas City Museum starting April 8, include painting of President Roxas by Fernando Amorsolo and his other portraits painted by Garcia Llamas and other noted artists.
Since the theme of the celebration has revolved around the evolution of lights, Arancillo said this year’s CAPIZtahan will, for the first time, feature a Light Show. The activity, which would further enhance the beauty of the Panay River, would require the lighting of at least 1,000 candles and make them afloat the river.
Another innovation in this year’s affair is the Los Pasos de Capiz at the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center. In this activity, the oldest pasos in the city are featured in one roof. The aim is to rekindle of the Capiceño’s sense of spirit and appreciation towards their culture and history, said Arancillo.
Also for the first time, the festival will feature a PMA Drill. One hundred cadets from the Philippine Military Academy are coming over to execute the famous PMA drill.
Other activities include the Battle of the Bands, Night Run, Fluvial Parade, Cycling Race, Seafood Race, Motocross, National Cock Derby, Pahampang sa Baybay, Regional Trade Fair, Fire Dance Competition, Farmers Day, Baroto Race, Kapamilya Fiesta and photo exhibit.
(CAPIZtahan Publicity and Promotion Committee/Gerry T. Pagharion/PIA)