The wait is over. Our town Pandi held the inaugural edition of its very own Barong At Saya Festival last Friday.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn about this festival about two weeks ago. I remember back in January after shooting Bustos town's Minasa Festival, I was wondering when Pandi would have its own festival. I also had the idea of a "Barong Festival" (see the Minasa festival photos and my comments of Pandi having a festival at http://gwapoi.multiply.com/photos/album/406/Minasa_Festival). Two months later, I got a Facebook tag announcing the Barong at Saya Festival. Our town is known to produce excellent Filipiniana wear and accessories (if you still havent' heard, then now you know).
The preparations were rushed due to the lack of time, but nonetheless I was really impressed with the turnout of the event. I have to admit I was out of the loop as to what exactly would be happening during the street parade and culminating activity at the Pandi Sports Complex. I thought the contingents would be performing at the complex, but was later told only the awarding and showcasing of formal wear would take place (they also did a short number for the Unang Hirit TV coverage). As an unfortunate result, I wasn't able to take photos of the street dancing (which is really disappointing on my part). But there's always next year.
Here are my photos of the event, all shot in the sports complex :
That's all I have to show for now. I'll shoot it again next year. I have no doubt the event will be bigger and better organized. I shall be inviting my photographer friends and we'll be having a blast. =)
Way to go, Pandi!
[13 April 2012]