“This event will showcase not just our friend Koronadal, but our whole paradise that is Region XII,” stated Tacurong City Mayor Lina O. Montilla on Koronadal City’s International Folklore Festival dubbed Pyesta Kolon Datal to be held on August 9-18, 2015. “We are definitely backing this ground-breaking Festival,” she added.

Montilla personally expressed the support of LGU-Tacurong to Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel. Miguel, who is also the Festival Director, conducted an orientation among LGU-Tacurong City’s officials on July 1 at the Tacurong City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Center.

Mayor Miguel attested to the readiness of Koronadal in accommodating cultural performers from twelve countries in Asia and Europe. The public will witness world-class presentations from Armenia, Slovenia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Indonesia, Chinese Taipei, India, and Thailand.

Aside from the excitement that guest countries will bring, LGU-Koronadal assured that one of the highlights of the Festival is its very own B’laan cultural heritage. “Pyesta Kolon Datal highlights the unique and distinct culture of our Indigenous People, the Blaans and we want to share it with the rest of the world,” affirmed Miguel.

A B’laan Cultural Showcase will be held on August 18.

For the benefit of those who cannot make it to Koronadal on August 9-18, its LGU made sure that international cultural performers get to visit neighboring towns. “They will not just dance, they will interact with the crowd and even teach dance steps or give tokens,” shared Miguel.

LGU-Koronadal scheduled lecture-demos of two guest countries in Tacurong City. “Tacurongnons will definitely enjoy this experience,” said Montilla.

The Pyesta Kolon Datal was made possible through the efforts of LGU-Koronadal to link with the Conseil International Des Organisations De Festivals De Folklore Et D’arts Tradionnels or CIOFF. Through this effort, the Philippines is now an active associate member country of CIOFF.

Pyesta Kolon Datal is also in time for the celebration of Koronadal’s 75th Foundation Anniversary.

For more details on Pyesta Kolon Datal, visit www.cioff2015.koronadal.gov.ph. (LGU-Tacurong City Information)