SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA) -- The Antique's "Binirayan Festival" has finally made its way back for face-to-face celebrations after two years of restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubbed the "Mother of All Festivals in Antique," Binirayan festivities kicked off on December 1 with the opening of the "Fiesta Binirayan" food and trade fair and the "Binirayan Turismo" tourism fair at the Binirayan Sports Complex, San Jose town.
The food and trade fair offers a variety of local and foreign-infused dishes, as well as different arts, crafts, and other interesting finds, while the tourism fair provides a glimpse of renowned landmarks of the participating municipalities.
The fairs were followed by the opening of Lights with Fireworks Display and the Tanuman Festival at the Evelio B. Javier (EBJ) Freedom Park which received scores of spectators.
Governor Rhodora Cadiao led the switch-on of lights, together with various provincial officials such as Binirayan 2022 Executive Committee chair and Sanggu-
niang Panlalawigan (SP) member Dante Beriong, and fellow SP members Karmila Rose Dimamay, Rony Molina, and Noel Alamis representing Vice Governor Edgar Denosta.
In a message, Gov. Cadiao expressed delight in seeing Antiqueños enjoying what the holidays in the province have to offer, noting that this is the time for families and friends to be together.
Cadiao also urged the public to remain on the outlook against COVID-19, especially since more exciting events are lined up for the celebration of the Binirayan Festival.
Some of the highlights scheduled from December 19-21 are the enactment of the “Maragtas kang Pagpasad” or the “Story of the First Malay Settlement," "Parada kang mga Balangay" or float parade, Lin-ay kang Antique, “Pasundayag kang Duna nga Kultura” by the Department of Education (DepEd) Antique, “Pasundayag kang Duna nga Kinaadman” by the Office of Representative Antonio B. Legarda, Jr., and the Malay-Ati Competition.
Five-member Filipino alternative rock band "Mayonnaise" is also set to perform at the closing ceremony on December 21, sponsored by Anakalusugan Party-list. (AAL/BPS/PIA Antique)