Sway, Shake and Judder at the Karansa Festival
Belle Piccio | Sep 10, 2018
Danao is a component city of Cebu province. The city lies within the Metro Cebu area and is comprised of 42 barangays.
The city is well known for its gun industry that started about 1905-1906. It is also known for its tourist sites like old churches, golf course, mangroves, marine sanctuaries and other heritage sites.
Every month of September, Danao annually celebrates Karansa Festival that showcases the city’s past and present heritage and culture.
Karansa symbolizes the true spirit of Danaowanons. It is a dance expressing one's happiness.
Karansa is performed in 4 basic steps: the (1) kiay, (2) karag, (3) kurug, and (4) karahay that jibes with the Karansa official beat. The sway, shake and judder dance movements are discernible during street dancing.
The word “karansa” is a word native to Barangay Suba. The people of the barangay were known potters of Danao. Pottery is one of the many popular products of the city. It is customary for the pottery makers to drink tuba (coconut wine) to feel relax and dance as an expression of thanksgiving after a hard day’s work. They would say “Tara na magkaransa na ta!”
The festival is a thanksgiving celebration in honor of Santo Tomas de Villanueva that also celebrates its feast day every third Monday of September.
The festivity includes showdown competition and street dancing in vibrant costumes participated by the different schools from the elementary and secondary division of Danao City.
To know more about the festival, contact the Danao City’s Mayor Office at (032) 200-4420 or (032) 200-3300.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Cebu (estimated cost of Php3,500++, round trip, 45 minutes). And from the Cebu Airport, you will need to hire a cab to go to the city proper or to your destination (bus terminal).
From the Cebu North Terminal, ride a bus plying to Danao City. If you are in a hurry, you can also hire a van located at SM going to Danao. You can also ride a taxi but it’s more expensive so prepare to haggle for a reasonable fare.