2013 is the 15th Salakayan Festival with the theme: "Saulogon: Dugong Miagawanon".
The 9-day long Salakayan Festival celebration is held every first week of February. Salakayan came from the Hiligaynon word "salakay" which means "to attack".
The festival is a competition of tribes through street dance drama that merges arts and customs of the town. The street dance portrays a historical event, the victorious battle by the locals against Muslim marauders in May 1754.
The weeklong activity showcased products of local producers, small fishery and agricultural groups in Miagao at the Agro-Trade Fair of 2013 Salakayan Festival. It is organized by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist.
Aside from the Agro-Trade Fair, the annual Salakayan Festival attracts guests and tourists through activities such as Food Fair, Higante Contests, Fluvial Parade, Literary Musical Contests, evening socials and Fashion Show of hablon and patadyong.
Miagao is one of the seven towns comprising the First District of Iloilo Province. It is situated 40 kilometers southwest of Iloilo City and 58 kilometers from San Jose, the capital town of the Province of Antique.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). From Iloilo terminal, you can hire a cab or if you opt to ride a jeepney you need to go to Iloilo Terminal Market. Look for Southern Iloilo bound jeepneys locally known as "supers". Miagao is about 30-45minutes away from Iloilo City, one-way jeepney fare is about Php34.
Salakayan Festival 2013 photos courtesy of Antoine Greg | agboi.blogspot.com
source/reference: pia.gov.ph | miagao.gov.ph