Kansilay Festival: A Celebration Dedicated To A Princess

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Jun 22, 2017

The Kansilay Festival was just one of the many highlights of Silay City’s 59th Charter Anniversary. The weeklong celebration was held last June 6 and lasted until June 12, 2017.

Sixteen barangays of Silay joined the dance-drama presentation based on the legend of Silay. The story is about how the thriving community of Silay was founded and the heroism of Princess Kansilay, and her love story with Lawaan. It follows a storyline complete with characters, conflict, climax, and setting just like in movies or plays.

The main characters were:

  • Kansilay – a village princess
  • Lawaan – lover of Kansilay
  • Bubog – chieftain and father of Kansilay
  • Lunok – villain and leader of the bandits
  • Diwata – fairy of the flowers
  • Kamangyan – babaylan in the village

“Hugyaw Silay! Hugyaw kay Kansilay!” is the battle cry of Silaynons. It is their chant that shows how proud they are of their heritage.

Kansilay Festival Winners 2017

Street and Arena Dance Competition

  • Fourth Runner-up: Barangay Uno
  • Third Runner-up: E. Lopez
  • Second Runner-up: Mabulac
  • First Runner-up: Barangay Hawaiian
  • Champion: Barangay Cinco

Special Awardees

  • Barangay Cinco Best in Street Dance, Best in Choreography, Best Kansilay, Best Diwata and Best Lawaan
  • E. Lopez Best in Costume and Best Lunok Best in Costume and Best Lunok
  • Barangay UnoBest Headdress and Best Banner

Aside from the street and arena dance competition which was one of the highlights of the festivities, there was also a grand parade that featured the different floats of Lin-ay and Lakan sang Silay 2017 winners, Miss Gay Philippines Universe 2017 and offices of the Silay City Government.

Let’s proudly shout: Hugyaw Silay!

(Kansilay Festival 2017 photos courtesy of Michael Angelo Gumban Cubos)

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (estimated cost of Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). Silay is the site of the New Bacolod-Silay airport.

From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle, or a cab to take you to your destination.

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