If we could reminisce the history episodes of Kuyamis Festival in the past years, this year’s festivity in Misamis Oriental is way different from the usual as it made huge feat in transpiring its activities online – a novel celebration of hope and resiliency, in a nutshell.
Since the prelude of the progressive leadership of Governor Bambi Emano, the father of Kuyamis Festival, it is gratifying to note that the province of Misamis Oriental is persistently making a name by promoting its tourism-related events such as Kuyamis Festival in the national scale. Kuyamis Festival – launched less than a year after Governor Bambi was first assumed governor in the province – is a weeklong celebration of cultural fete and bountiful harvest of golden coconuts.
This year, several online activities have been lined-up. First major activity held was the most-anticipated Miss Kuyamis 2021. Albeit virtual, Miss Kuyamis 2021 Organizing Committee, headed by Atty. Jeffrey C. Saclot, successfully hosted the virtual Coronation Event in El Salvador City Auditorium on January 7, 2021 strictly following the IATF guidelines. Dannah Joy Tempra, representing the municipality of Jasaan, bested 19 other hopefuls making her this year’s Miss Kuyamis. Her royal courts are Katheryn Tan Guipetacio of Sugbongcogon – 1st Runner Up, Princess Nicole Segundo of Naawan – 2nd Runner Up, Angeliza Navajo of Claveria – 3rd Runner Up and Alyssa Marie Cordova of Gitagum – 4th Runner Up. Soon, Tempra will bring the name of the province across her chest in the national pageant scene.
Another activity was the Kuyamis Booth Competition. Sixteen (16) municipalities and cities in the province artfully exhibited their awe-inspiring Kuyamis Festival Booths, displayed at a strategic location in the Municipal/City Hall or any accessible tourist destination premise. Apart from showcasing the structural design of their booths, each participating booth also features their One Town, One Product (OTOP). For two successive win strikes, Naawan tops the competition during the awarding cerermony held at the Capitol Kiosk on January 8. The municipality of Initao placed second, and Binuangan finished third place.
“For the last eight years, the level has been growing and the competition also has been growing.” the good governor exudes.
Many were in awe of the Kuyamis Photo and Handicraft Exhibit held at the Centrio Ayala Mall Event Center where it showcased the photos from the past years and the amazing handicrafts made by the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in Misamis Oriental.
Sublimely, Governor Bambi Emano commended the hardwork of the Provincial Tourism Officer, Atty. Jeffrey C. Saclot, along with his staff, in transpiring the entire event victoriously. The mounting of the festival is also never possible without the collective efforts of the Association of Tourism Officers of Misamis Oriental (ATOM) .
“I call the 2021 Kuyamis Festival a novel” – Governor Bambi inspiringly concludes.