ILOILO – The municipality of Calinog celebrates its annual Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival to boost up local tourism as they continue to incorporate the Ati culture and highlight the lives of the indigenous people.
Already on its 33rd year, the festival is inspired by Iloilo City’s Dinagyang Festival performing vibrantly on their cultural and ethnical dances showing their devotion to Sto. Niño on a weeklong celebration from the 25th of January to 3rd of February. .
The festival includes the participation of Aetas Community and the Panay Bukidnon Community during the cultural presentation.
The highlight is the cultural presentation contest in the morning and the “Linog sa Calinog” or the Festival of Sounds participated by 67 sound system operators this year.
Mayor Alex A. Centena em,phasized that, “there is a need not only to preserve the culture of the natives but to empower them as well.”
Mayor Centena provides the needs of the natives by involving them scholarship programs and providing job opportunities for the members of the Aetas community. “The Aetas are my priority”, he disclosed.
“Linog sa Calinog” rooted from Mayor Centena’s love and passion for music, the very reason why he founded the band Alacent (who just recently celebrated its paper anniversay) and the Alacent Mobile Sound System.
An additional attraction to the festivity is the “Linog sa Calinog”, a festival of Sounds participated by 67 sound system operators placed encircling the town plaza.
The term Hirinugyaw came from the Hiligaynon term hugyaw or cheer.
Suiguidaon came from a local dialect “sulod” which means interior.
Suguidanon is an oral tradition of the ethnic group Suludnon of Panay that resides in the mountains of Capiz and some parts of Calinog, which are considered as the interiors of Panay.