Davao Sur town festival kicks off

Fun run participants take a break after finishing the 4-k footrace.

By Anthony S. Allada

MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur – The 5th Kialegnon Festival here officially commenced early Monday morning with a fun run that was participated by more than 700 runners led Mayor Jess Lumanog and Vice Mayor Marty Basunillo and municipal councilors.

This was the first time that a fun run activity was listed as part of the weeklong festival celebration that culminates on September 28 with a grand parade.

Rainshowers did not prevent the footrace to start at 5:30 a.m. from the Public Market Square, the start and finish line of the run.

Meanwhile, the festival name came from the word Kialeg, a tribute to Datu Kialeg who was a legendary B’laan leader who fought against bandits in his time to protect his community, thus Kialegnon, a town resident emulating the examples of the great leader.

Lumanog, the only mayor who started this festival, said that it is but fitting to celebrate what is due for the indigenous peoples whose cultures and tradition are very rich and magnifying.

Part of the weeklong celebration is the “Search for  Byaning ng Kialegnon 2012”, the competition to recognize the beauty of  lumad women in Magsaysay.

“We also mark the bountiful harvest in our town. That’s why, we really intend it to happen in September because this month is our harvest time,” he said.

Magsaysay is considered as the rice granary of Davao del Sur, being the number one rice producer in the province. Other crops in the town are corn, durian, rambutan, coconut, rubber and various vegetables.

Other activities include Lumba sa Karabao, Karabao Make-over, Lumba sa Kabayo, Pig Catching, Bamboo Pole Climbing, and Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan. (ASA)

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