Tolentino guest of honor at Sinigayan Festival 2023

Senator Francis Tolentino *

Senator Francis Tolentino will be the guest of honor at the 27th Sinigayan Festival opening at the Sagay City Public Plaza, Wednesday, March 15.

The festival is back to its face-to-face activities after three years of postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a press release from Sagay City said.

Tolentino and Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson are expected to arrive for a program at the plaza and the opening of the Sinigayan festival villages, together with Mayor Narciso Javelosa, Jr., Vice Mayor Leo Rafael Cueva, Rep. Alfredo Marañon III (Neg. Occ., 2nd District), and the city councilors.

These festival villages are “Bugay-Sagay Agro-Aqua Festival Village” that features the products of the 25 barangays of Sagay City, “Dagway Sagay Arts and Culture Festival Village” that features the local artists and their works, “Taliambong Food Festival Village” at the Taliambong Activity Center that features various heritage dishes of different restaurants and cafes in the city, and the “Livestock and Poultry Fair and Exhibits” beside the Sagay City Government Center that features the livestock and the best practices of Sagaynon animal farmers.

The Bugay-Sagay and Dagway-Sagay villages are located in the old transport terminal fronting Maria Lopez Elementary School.

Prior to the opening program, floats from various public and private institutions will be paraded around major city thoroughfares as part of the Sinigayan Floats Competition.

This year’s theme is “We Listen… We Act Together” as it challenges the government and stakeholders to be more sensitive to the needs of the city and Sagaynons.

Aside from the opening ceremony, this 5-day celebration will be highlighted by the Sinigayan Queen pageant presented by Sagay “Sigay” Jaycees and Miss SiniGAYan pageants, livestock competition and seminars, cultural events at the villages and taliambong, sports events around the city, and the “Saot Para Sa Dunang Manggad” Streetdance and Arena Competition on the last day of the festivities on March 19 in partnership with Association of Barangay Captains, Sagay Water District, Rotaract Club of Sagay Sinigayan, Community Affairs Office and SICADA.

Artists and celebrities like Gigi de Lana and GIgi Vibes Band, Silent Sanctuary, I Belong to the Zoo, Max Sy, and Hanna Villame will be performing during the festival.*

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