The celebration of Araw ng Lanao del Norte will never be complete without the Sagayan Festival. In this year of the 59th Founding Anniversary, contingents from Kapatagan National High School, Magsaysay National High School, Masibay National High School of Nunungan, Teofila Quibranza National High School, of Tubod, Lala National High School, Maigo National High School, and Geronima Cabrera National High School of Kolambugan showcased their interpretation of the WAR DANCE, a fight between the good and the evil at the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex Grandstand on July 3, 2018.
The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte adopted the Sagayan in its through Resolution No. 140, Series of 1994. Sagayan narrates the exploits, mysterious powers and remarkable character of Datu Bantugan.
Datu Bantugan is legendary hero of the “Darangen”, a Maranao epic. His name connotes Brilliance, fame and Honor, one who makes history, the pride of Bumbaran, Maramanay and Simban among the several names attributed to Bantugan, which means, “Crown of the Ayunan”.
Thousands of residents, young and old filled the grandstand to see and capture the remarkable performances of the students in colourful costumes depicting the early warriors of Lanao carrying shields and noisemakers and a prop resembling double bladed swords while trying to outmanoeuvre each other synchronizing their movements to the tunes of the kulintang and every beat of the drums.
In the competition, Magsaysay National High School took the 1st Place, Lala National High School grabbed the 2nd, while Maigo National High School received 3rd Place.
Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo is proud to have the Sagayan Festival being incorporated every Araw ng Lanao del Norte, as one of the major activities in the celebration.
Congressman Zajid ‘Dong’ Mangudadatu, 2nd District Representative of Maguindanao received a warm welcome by the constituents of the province in witnessing the festivity PIO-LDN