Malabor to Institutionalize Tigkakalag Fest

Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor said yesterday, his adminstration will move for the institutionalization of the Tigkalalag Festival after what he claimed as the successful relaunching of the festival last October 31-November 2, 2017.

TIGKALALAG STREETDANCE CHAMP. Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor ( 2nd from left) and Vice Mayor Henry Foscablo (2nd from right) turn over the trophy and the replica check of P120,000 to the representatives of Cluster 6 declared as Champion in the barangay category of the 2017 Tigkalalag street dance competition held Nov. 2 during the highlight of the well-attended Tigkalalag Festival of Isabela.* (Joelyn Erasmovphoto)

Malabor said close to 7,000 spectators came to witness the highlight of the Tigkalalag street dance competition on the last day of the festival, Nov. 2, at the plaza grounds.

He said he will ask the Sanggunian Bayan to come up with an ordinance to make the Tigkalalag Festival a yearly activity. This will ensure the holding of the festival regardless of the political party of the town leadership, he said, adding that, while there were certain innovations on the concept of the festival still the people came and watched it.

He said this year’s festival concept focused on the celebration of life and thanksgiving instead of the Halloween theme it has adopted before.

He said this year’s celebration also gave recognition to former mayor Renato Malabor, his elder brother, who pioneered the holding of the Tigkalalag festival every November 2, the latter’s birthday.

The mayor also stressed that he decided to relaunch the Tigkalalag festival because it has become a trademark of the town.

“When you talk of Tigkalalag Festival what comes to mind is Isabela town,” he added.

He also said Isabela has also made a mark for itself during the previous Panaad festival, after the Tigkalalag festival dance grabbed the championship title several times in the past Panaad festival dance contest.

Malabor said that Cluster 6 which won the 2017 Tigkalalag street dance contest will represent the town in the upcoming Panaad sa Festival next year.

On the other hand, Kristine Khin Than who romped away with the title as Tigkalalag Queen will be the official candidate of the town in the 2018 Lin-ay sa Negros highlight of the Panaad sa Negros festival.

He added that the festival was also peaceful with no untoward incident reported. *(NDB)


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