By Analou De Vera
The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Sunday commended Sorsogon after it recently bagged the Guinness World Record for the largest Filipino folk dance performance during the Kasanggayahan Festival.
The tourism department said that a total of 7,127 dancers performed the “Pantomina Sa Tinampo”, a traditional Bikolano dance of love and courtship that copy the movement of doves.
“Witnessing Kasanggayahan Festival is exciting for tourists, with the interagency efforts to make each year a bigger and grandiose showcase of talent and offerings. What better way to do this than with a record-setting performance that is truly Bicolano,” said DOT Region 5 Director Benjamin Santiago in a statement.
The festival also marked the 125th year of Sorsogon’s foundation as a province. Another highlight of the festival was the 450th commemoration of the first Mass in Luzon, the DOT said.
The Kasanggayahan Festival, which means “life of prosperity,” also featured an agri-tourism trade fair, historic-cultural parade, pageants, singing and dancing showdowns; as well as arts, sports, and culinary competitions.
“We always ensure that the activities and events for Kasanggayahan Festival is geared towards upholding five main components—agriculture, trade, tourism, art, culture and history,” said Sorsogon Provincial Tourism Officer Bobby Gigantone.
The DOT assured that it will further boost the cultural tourism in the Philippines in adherence to the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) 2016-2022.
“Almost always, festivals in the Philippines are deeply ingrained with stories that show the diverse culture that we have. The Bicol region alone has many festivals that DOT helps keep alive with our intensified efforts to promote them to local and foreign visitors,” said Santiago.