KORONADAL CITY – Buoyed by the success of its maiden staging three years ago, Koronadal City will launch the Second PyestaKolonDatal International Folklore Festival starting today.
The eight-day event, organized by the City of Koronadal under the auspices of the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Art (CIOFF) and UNESCO, aims to promote world culture through traditional dance, music, songs and crafts of various countries.
Nine foreign groups and five local associations are taking part in the event.
The foreign groups, according to Koronadal City Peter Miguel, are Caribbean Islands, Estonia, Romania, South Africa, French Polynesia-Tahiti, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand.
The local groups are Koronadal Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe, UP Dance Company-UP Diliman, Binunyawan Folkloric Troupe, Bukidnon State University, ECD Dance Company-Ilo-Ilo City, and SiningKambayoka Ensemble-MSU.
This year’s theme – Cultural Exchange, the Soul of Preserving the Heritage of One’s Nation – is in parallel with the President’s vision for the country’s culture and the arts.
Through the hosting of PyestaKolondatal International Festival, Koronadal City will become a representative of peace and friendship that Mindanao offers and what its people continue to work and live for.
CIOFF has been working towards safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of folklore and traditional cultures; promoting the intangible cultural heritage through dance, music, songs, games, rituals, ceremonies, customs, traditional crafts, costumes and food.
Through its activities, CIOFF affects social life of people and communities throughout the world, by promoting friendship and peace and bringing people together. (Joseph Jubelag)