The Museum and Cultural Affairs Office and the Makati City Government is now all set to celebrate the Caracol Festival 2010 this Sunday at 4pm at the Paseo de Roxas in the center of Makati City.
Makati’s Caracol Festival is the city’s unique version of the Mardi Gras, according to Mayor Jejomar C. Binay who will lead other city officials, family members, residents and guests in a grand parade marking the opening of one of the city’s major tourist attractions.
“The annual celebration of Caracol is part of the city government’s continuing commitment to preserving our cultural heritage and promoting the importance of conserving our environment and natural resources,” Binay said.
Caracol was conceptualized in 1986 and ushered in the Fiesta Islands Program of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in 1989. It features students from the city’s public schools wearing nature-inspired costumes and performing dances, with the objective of instilling appreciation and respect for the bounty of Mother Earth and making them active participants in the protection and conservation of nature.
Also invited to the event are the officials from the Department of Tourism (DOT) led by Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, Undersecretary Evelyn Pantig and NCR Director Reynato Chua.
The Philippine Department of Tourism will be one of the sponsors of the Caracol.
Participants will convene at the Gabriela Silang Car Park at the corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues at 3pm for a grand parade along Ayala Avenue that will end at the corners of Paseo and Ayala Avenue.
Hundreds of students from selected public schools representing the different school divisions and levels of Makati will take part in the event. This year’s participants include West Rembo Elementary School representing Makati I division; Rizal Elementary School for Makati II; Hen. Pio del Pilar Elementary School Main for Makati III; Maximo Estrella, F. Benitez Main, Nicanor Garcia, and Jose Magsaysay Elementary Schools for Makati IV; Cembo Elementary School for Makati V; and San Antonio Village Elementary School for Makati VI.
The secondary level will be represented by Bangkal High School, Benigno Aquino High School, Fort Bonifacio High School, Gen. Pio del Pilar National High School, Makati High School, Makati Science High School, San Antonio National High School, San Isidro National High School, and Tibagan High School.
On the other hand, four groups from four different colleges of the University of Makati will vie for the title in the tertiary level.
The highlight of the festivity will be a costume and dance competition wherein the participants, all dressed-up in colorful Mother Earth-inspired costumes such as flowers, fruits, trees, and rare animals, will perform ethnic and tribal dances.
MCAO provided different themes for the three categories. Endangered species (except marine life) for the Elementary level, flowers and insects for the High School level, and marine life for the Tertiary level.
Interested festival goers are also encouraged to wear body paints, masks and other costumes of flowers, birds, fruits, animals and endangered species, and join in the parade.
Consisting of 40 members each, every group has been given P45,000 as their participating allowance.
The contestants will compete for trophies and cash prizes as follows: First Prize – P50,000; Second Prize – P45,000; and Third Prize – P40,000. The overall champion of the contest will likewise receive P50,000.
Special awards will also be given for the Most Original Costume and Best in Choreography, including a cash prize of P10,000 for each winning group.
Source -> (PNA)