With the cancellation of the annual grand fireworks display in Tacurong, people are asking: what, then, is the highlight of this year’s Inugyunay Festival?
Pure entertainment
If you fancy extravagant and colorful carnival costumes, the festival’s best part may be Makasining Lahi’s Christmas Mardi Gras on Dec 15, 7PM, at the City Gymnasium.
Looking for hip and cool choreographies? Radyo Natin FM’s Hip-Hop Contest on December 16, 7PM may just be the highlight you are looking for. 
Want to sing your heart out with local bands? Head to the City Gymnasium on December 16, 7PM for the Musikahan 2013 or support the ROTArock: Battle of the Bands for a Cause (December 21, 7PM) sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tacurong and Rotaract Club of Talakudong.
Adding to the festival’s musical vibe is the Search for Singing Peacekeepers and the Inter-agency Christmas Carol Competition. Both events will be conducted on December 18 at 5PM and 7PM, respectively.
Prepare for an amusing night on December 22, 7PM with the Whimsical Variety and Comedy Show at the City Gymnasium. 
Adrenalin rush
Inugyunay Festival will also guarantee energy-filled activities such as the Open League Basketball Tournament on November 23-December 10 and the National Dart Tournament on December 6-8.
Tacurong taekwondo jins will be expecting your support in the 3rd Mindanao Inter-School Taekwondo Tournament on December 14-15 or you may want to cheer for drops and spins during the National Table Tennis Tournament on December 26-27.
Grab a snack or enjoy inasal ala Tacurong after all the thrilling sports activities! Visit the Inugyunay Food Plaza which will run from December 18 to 23 at the City Hall Ground.
Goodwill
The annual Inugyunay sa Paskwa is a thanks-giving festival. For that reason, the city government and different sectors work hand-in-hand to gather and bring enjoyment to Tacurongnons.  Aside from entertainment, public service activities are also conducted.
If you want to witness couples simultaneously exchanging I do’s, then be at the Nuestra Señora dela Candelaria Parish on December 17, 8AM for the Kasalang Bayan. Ceremony for couples who opted for a civil wedding is on December 18, 8:30AM at the City Gymnasium. The city government sponsors the annual Kasalang Bayan to legalize bonds of couples who have been living together but cannot afford wedding expenses.
Living by the Christmas tradition of giving and sharing, the city government will also conduct a gift-giving activity for indigent families on December 20, 5PM, City Gymnasium.
If you want to see our educators and business professionals reveal their talents share their advocacies, watch out for the Education Sector’s Night on December 19 and the Business Sector’s Night on December 20, 7PM at the City Gymnasium.
The Tacurong youth will also be giving their best during the Inter-school Skills Competition on December 19, 9AM-5PM.
The city government will wrap up the festival with Gab-i sang Pasalamat kag Pasidungog on December 23, 7PM, at the City Gymnasium. This activity is devoted to recognize the philanthropy of organizations during calamities and disasters. It is also for those whose invaluable contribution led to the success of the LGU’s projects and programs.
The Inugyunay highlight
So, what really is this year’s festival highlight? I hope that we all remember the meaning of inugyunay. This Hiligaynon word means ‘to unite’.  All these years, the festival’s best part is always the people—warm, welcoming, united in service and thanks-giving.
The Inugyunay sa Paskwa 2013, which will officially open on December 16, 5PM at the City Hall Ground, has been cut with grand spectacles as the city’s way of showing sympathy with the disaster-hit areas in the Visayas
(Jezereel Louise Billano-LGU Information)