By PR | 06:40 PM November 23, 2019
Kasadya! Pasko sa Bohol celebrates the happiest season with the revitalization of two of most lasting local traditions.
The provincial government of Bohol under the leadership of Gov. Art Yap revitalizes the local traditions of the nativity scene and Christmas carols with province-wide Belen and Dayegon contests in Kasadya.
The religious tradition of setting up the belen or nativity scene is a showcase of Catholic heritage inherited from the Spanish colonization and instilled in deep Boholano faith.
Beginning December 1, eight finalists will install their respective Belen at the Carlos P. Garcia Park. The finalists will be chosen from participating towns that include Maribojoc, Catigbian, Cortes, Jagna, Corella, Bilar, Dauis, Tagbilaran City, Valencia, Balilihan, Baclayon, San Miguel, Sevilla, Sagbayan, Sikatuna, Loboc, and Antequera.
The grand prize winner will receive P350,000 while the second prize and third prize winners will receive P250,000 and P150,000 correspondingly. Five finalists will receive P50,000 and the rest of participating entries will get P30,000.
The dayegon, on the other hand which means to praise or worship in local word, is practiced as a devotion to the belen.
Singing groups from Maribojoc, Calape, Trinidad, Catigbian, Loboc, Sevilla, Jagna, Tagbilaran City, Dauis, San Miguel, Panglao, and Dimiao signified participation in the Dayegon contest. The competition finals will be held on December 13, 2019 at the Bohol Cultural Center.
Prizes at stake are P200,000 for the first prize winner, P150,000 for the second prize winner, P100,000 for the third prize winner and consolation prize of P30,000 for non-winning contestants.
The announcement and awarding of winners will be held at the culmination program of Kasadya on December 15, 2019 at the CPG Park.
The belen and dayegon contests are part of efforts to boost tourism which is Bohol’s development agenda through the preservation and promotion of Bohol arts, culture, and heritage in Kasadya.
Kasadya is ongoing daily at the CPG Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., displaying Boholano cuisine, arts and handicraft, fresh farm produce and processed food products, with nightly entertainment from local music groups. (Primer Bohol)