Kalilangan Festival depicts GenSan’s colorful history

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By Marjorie Gorospe

GENERAL  SANTOS CITY, SOUTH COTABATO-  Celebrated every February 27, the Kalilangan festival is a commemoration of how pioneering migrants first got to General Santos.

“Kalilangan” came from the root word “kalilang” which means “jubilee” or celebration.

The festival is considered a social gathering and the exchanging of gifts among traditional leaders, elders, allies and subordinates.

The festival is also a time when noble traditions are passed on from generation to generation. Colorful ethnic rites and enthronement of royal dignitaries are also part of the festivities.

General Santos City will be celebrating its 72nd founding anniversary. This year’s festival will be a month long celebration highlighted by dance competitions, traditional games exhibitions, cultural night, and other events.

Schedules of the rest of city’s activities can be found on the city’s official website.

(Photo courtesy of Bobby Timonera)

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