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Thursday, January 9, 2020

7th Kuyamis Festival - A Thanksgiving and Celebration of Culture and the People of Misamis Oriental

Staged every second week of January, Kuyamis Festival is being celebrated annually as a Founding Anniversary of Misamis Oriental. Kuyamis Festival is derived from the coconut, locally called "Kuyamis" which is very abundant all throughout Misamis Oriental, from the Municipality of Lugait in the west to the Municipality of Magsaysay in the east, coconut trees are very visible when you travel around the Province.

History revealed that Kuyamis is the original name of Misamis, it is a variety of sweet coconut. Which was the staple food of the earliest known Negritos settlers of Misamis. The word Kuyamis was later corrupted to Misamis when Christianity was yet new in the Philippines. One of the main sources of livelihood in the province is coconut production. Based on the data released by the Philippine Coconut Authority, Misamis Oriental ranks number 5 among the top 10 major coconut producers of the country, with 102,622 hectares planted with coconut that makes one of the remarkable economic contributions to the province of Misamis Oriental.

In fact, one of the export-oriented manufacturers of premium coconut products with a thrust of maximizing the almost limitless potential of the coconut and of developing a full line of fine coconut-based food ingredients is situated in the Municipality of Medina, Misamis Oriental - the Axelum Resources Corp. that produces the Fiesta Brands.

That is why Misamis Oriental takes its pride to celebrate the full potential of coconut as their main focus of the festival and of course together with its indigenous people. The Father of Kuyamis Festival, Governor Bambi Emano is right of giving honor to Kuyamis or the Coconut through this festival because it is one of the main sources of income to the province as it generates the province's export earnings. The festival is also a way of thanksgiving for the bountiful blessings the coconut continues to give to the province, the celebration of the rich culture and of course the people of Misamis Oriental.

So, right after our New Year celebrations, the fun doesn't end there because Misamis Oriental continues the fun and excitement with their series of activities for this year's Kuyamis Festival activities.

In an early as January 6, the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental transforms into a colorful and vibrant facade as the Booth Competition opened and has been participated by the 23 municipalities and 2 component cities of Misamis Oriental, where they decorated their booths based on the theme by using indigenous materials made from coconuts, including the Farmer's Market where you can buy local products of Misamis Oriental.

You can also enjoy the Culture and the Arts Exhibit, which features the Misamis Oriental's Culture and Arts that are being displayed at the Centrio Ayala Mall's Activity Center which was also launched last January 6, 2020 and will last until January 10, 2020.

A festival is not complete if there's no Street Dancing, that is why the Kuyamis Festival Street Dance Competition is always on the top list of the events at the Kuyamis Festival's Calendar of Activities.

This year, there are 15 contingents competed for the grand champion title which was held at the Misamis Oriental Integrated Sports Complex yesterday, January 8, 2020 and the results are the following:

Best in Street Dancing: Municipality of Talisayan
Best in Story Line: Municipality of Talisayan
Best in Musicality: Municipality of Talisayan
Best in Costume: Municipality of Sugbongcogon
Best in Choreography: Municipality of Talisayan

3rd Place: Gingoog City
2nd Place: Municipality of Balingoan
Grand Winner: Municipality of Talisayan

And of course, they are not going to end the festival without crowning a queen. Just December of 2019, the 21 lovely candidates for the Miss Kuyamis 2020 have been presented and they will be competing for the crown tonight, January 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM at the newly constructed El Salvador City Gymnasium.

The fun doesn't end there because there are more fun activities all throughout the Kuyamis Festival week such as the following:
  • 2nd Gov. Bambi Emano Horse Show and Competition
  • Dog Fashion Show
  • Explore MisOr Mindanao Overland Expedition
  • the Autocross and Car Show
  • Coronation Night of the Queen of Misamis Oriental 2020 and of course... 
  • the Kuyamis Festival Governor's Night and Awarding Ceremony at the Provincial Capitol Grounds.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and join the fun at the 7th Kuyamis Festival at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol and together let's Explore MisOr!

For more information about the series of activities of the Kuyamis Festival check out the schedule below:

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