CIOFF in Koronadal City

The feat of Koronadal City in making CIOFF possible has never been done anywhere else in the country. International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts with the acronym CIOFF, from its French name, has brought in the city exposure to the worldwide community which aims for the celebration and preservation of their cultures and traditional dance, music, songs and crafts.

It has been four years since Koronadal City has joined CIOFF. The city has hosted the Folklore Festival twice and quite successfully welcomed participating countries from different continents.

For a small city such as Koronadal, it is quite a big deal to host an international event. Since the city is also focusing on the preservation of its culture and celebrates the contributions of ethnic groups in laying the foundation of the city, Pyesta Kolon Datal International Folklore Festival is one of the best ways to highlight the rich and dynamic culture of, not only the City of Koronadal but, the province of South Cotabato.

Not only does the city open its culture internationally but the province has also had a glimpse of the culture and ethnic representations of the participating countries.

Various performances are scheduled mainly in Koronadal City and General Santos City. Commonly, the performances are open for public.

The visitors also toured some of the well-known destinations in the province; and in some cases, they are brought to the beaches and other locations in the neighbouring province of Sarangani.

The province of South Cotabato is very rich in culture and tradition. It is a necessary initiative to take major steps in their preservation especially in today’s age of technology. While CIOFF takes a huge role in bringing international highlight to the cultures and traditions of South Cotabato, the host City of Koronadal is also reaping benefits through exposures and potentially inviting investors to consider the city.

Koronadal City’s Hinugyaw Festival

Hinugyaw Festival starts the year of the Koronadaleños with festivities which celebrate the founding anniversary of the city. Arguably one of the busiest in South Cotabato, Koronadal City has been attracting numerous tourists both local and international through its activities strategically spread throughout the year.

The colourful celebration in the city pays tribute to the remembrance of the city’s beginnings. Clad in vibrant costumes, the street dancing competition lights up the streets of the cities and impedes traffic for a few hours. What separates the street dancing of Hinugyaw from those of other places is that the event is held in the afternoon before dusk so that the participants will not suffer from the heat of the sun. This initiative may not be highlighted enough but it is important to prioritize the welfare of the participants especially that most of them are students. Being also one of the highlights of the celebration, the street dancing is attended by a lot of people.

There are also other events which revolve around paying tributes to the pioneer settlers of the city. The city’s website bears the complete schedule of the events as well as where they will be held in the city.

Aside from the street dancing, Hinugyaw Festival also organizes a number of sports open to all Mindanaoans to participate in. Socio cultural events are also organized.

Above all else, Hinugyaw Festival can be considered as the city’s non-direct preparation of the province’s T’nalak Festival in July. Nevertheless, this city’s festivities are attended by neighbouring municipalities and its events are participated by other regions in Mindanao, for now.          

Culture and Arts

Assessment of Existing Situation

Arts and Letters

The Arts and Letters are categorized into eight sub-sectors namely; Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Literature, Allied Arts, Theater, Cinema and Architecture.

Dance encompasses Cultural dances, HipHop/Popular, Modern Contemporary and Ballroom.  Among the type of dance, Hiphop has the highest number with seven (7) dance groups.  (Table 121)   Music involves Choral groups, Drum & Lyre/Bugle and Band which are usually formed in schools except for the City Band. 

Visual Arts refer to paintings, sculptures, mixed media and fashion designing.  Literature covers writing and composition, oratoricals, speech choir, poems, newsletter.  Theatre covers real-life acting while Cinema refers to film masterpieces. Allied arts connote the traditional practices (bilasyon, etc) and Architecture to building/structural art pieces.

Table 121. Inventory of Existing Arts & Letters

Socio-Cultural Activities

The enumerated activities in Table 122 portray the culture that are preserved and traditionally observed in the city where people actively participate.  These activities helped in fostering, especially the children, the spirit of nationalism, the values they shall continue to uphold wherever they maybe, and the like. 

In the same manner, an Integrated Character Building Project was initiated in 2008 with the technical assistance of Notre Dame of Marbel University.  From there,  the eight (8) core values were identified and crafted upon.      These are the values the City always want to  instill among its people as development partners.  These 8 values include the Love of God, Love of Country, Respectfulness, Integrity, Commitment, Discipline, Stewardship, and Competitiveness.

Inventory of Socio-Cultural Activities ( Fiestas, Religious, Festivals, Foundations, etc.)

Foundation Anniversaries and Patronal Fiestas

The regular socio-cultural activity which are routinely held are barangay and purok/sitio patronal fiestas and foundation  anniversaries totaling to 716 activities annually. 

Foundation Anniversaries and Patronal Fiestas

Referred to in Table 124 is the Cultural heritage which covers historical sites, monuments, museum, libraries and artifacts.  For the past 4 years, the five (5) historical sites remained unchanged. The libraries included those from public and private schools and the city government with one (1) public library. While the two (2)  identified museum are NDMU museums and the provincial museum.

Inventory of Cultural Heritage (Sites, Monuments, Museums)