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The Kahilwayan Festival features hundreds of students garbed in colorful period costumes competing in street dancing and theater to reenact the struggle for freedom from Spanish occupation.
Kahilwayan is an Ilonggo term that means freedom or independence and Santa Barbara's cultural festival depicts the role of the Ilonggos in the historic uprising against Spain.
The town's Kahilwayan Festival showcases in a dance drama the series of events that led to the open declaration of the revolution in the Visayas that's now known as the Cry of Santa Barbara.
The raising of the Philippine flag ...
Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. graced the 11th Kahilwayan Festival of the Municipality of Sta. Barbara Thursday.
Gov. Defensor, in his speech before the holding of the dance drama depicting the Cry of Sta. Barbara which is an important historical event when former Gen. Martin T. Delgado first raised the Philippine flag in the Visayas and Mindanao and led the revolution against the Spanish colonizers in his hometown.
Defensor said that as the local government celebrates the freedom and democracy its political leaders should have to put more meaning on it by coming up with what the prese ...
In the conventional history text books, they would mentioned that when Aguinaldo declared Independence, all of the islands have been independent from the Spanish colonizers. They were dead wrong. After that mock battle between the Americans and the Spaniards in August 1898, the latter transferred their power at Iloilo to make last reforms but they were too late.
Given that the Ilonggos were loyal to the Spanish crown (as manifested by thge city of Iloilo's seal "La Muy Leal y Noble Ciudad"), the Spaniards stayed here thinking that they will be confident with the company of one of the most l ...
It's one festival that Celebrates not a religion but fetes bravery and heroism.
While Emilio Aguinaldo had already declared Philippine independence in Kawit, Cavite in 1898, the Ilonggos down south were still up in arms. They had their own victory when Gen. Martin Delgado led Ilonggos against the Spanish troops in what would eventually be commemorated as the Cry of Santa Barbara.
Six years ago, on its 103rd year, Cry of Santa Barbara took an even more festive twist when the municipal tourism council launched the Kahilwayan Festival, to showcase a dance drama form that depicts the histori ...
Show your love for the country!. Celebrate the Kahilwayan Festival in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo on November 17.
The festival commemorates the historic event that sparked a revolution in Visayas and Mindanao during 1898. The event is popularly known as the Cry of Sta. Barbara in our history books. The story is about the patriotism and bravery of Ilonggos in fighting for freedom during the Spanish colonization.
"Kahilwayan" is a Hiligaynon word for "freedom" or "liberty".
The Kahilwayan Festival is commemorated through a reenactment of the uprising of the Ilonggos against Spain. One of the h ...
In between Halloween and Christmas is a festival that rekindles your love of country. And hey, it's a great reason to visit Iloilo and indulge in its culinary and cultural delights!.
Conventional history textbooks will mention that when Aguinaldo declared Independence, all of the islands in the Philippine archipelago were also liberated from the Spanish colonizers. They're dead wrong.
After that mock battle between the Americans and the Spaniards in August 1898, the latter transferred their power to Iloilo to make last reforms. They were too late, though.
Given that the Ilonggos were ...