Tagum City—Technology came in handy when the city government launched the very first online Pakaradyan Festival last June 9 to highlight the rights and contributions of the Islamized Ethno-Linguistic communities in this city.
Pakaradyan which means festivity, is on its 14th instalment this year with the theme “Tradition is life.” Bearing this theme, the commemoration is intended to give tribute to the tradition and culture of the 5 Moro communities in Tagum: Kagan, Maranao, Iranun, Maguindanaon and Tausug.
The 2-hour long live show was able to present the pride of the Islamized Ethno-Linguistic communities of Tagum in the performing arts through the Kulintangan and Bunok-bunok dance performance, the culinary arts through the different tribal dishes, Islamic faith, and the visual arts through the stage decors and apparels.
Because of the measures undertaken by the implementing office, the City Cultural Communities Affairs Division, in partnership with the City Information Office (CIO), protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19 were properly executed.
Being the first online Pakaradyan, challenges of giving spotlight to the traditions of every Islamic tribes just like in the previous celebrations were faced by the team while sticking to the guidelines of COVID-19, said by Xylee Labastida-Palomata, the CCCAD manager.
But, as furthered by her, success never came short for them. She attributed it to the thorough and effective planning with the production team.
On the other hand, Mayor Allan L. Rellon applauded the efforts of the team for conceptualizing and staging the show to celebrate the Islamic culture in Tagum.
The actualization of the Online Pakaradyan Festival is a strong manifestation of the LGU’s passion to cater to the needs and rights of every Tagumenyo in this city—may it an IP, an immigrant, or an Islamized Ethno-Linguistic tribe. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum