The municipality of Wao in Lanao del Sur celebrated its 52nd Kariyala Festival. A dance festival of ceremonial gatherings and merry making for a bountiful harvest, being a municipality of cast agricultural lands suitable for all kinds of agricultural crops, it is also a thanksgiving for peace, prosperity and progress to the Almighty.
With this year’s theme: “Wao Celebrating its Excellence through Strong Governance and Effective Partnership. The week-long festivities include Street Parade, Showtime Dance Contest, Search for Mutya ng Wao 2013, Agro Fair that is participated not only by the people of Wao but also from the neighboring municipalities, Sports fest and Kalilang Contest which showcases Muslim dances and the playing of Kulintang and Agong.
The Highlight of the Festival was the Kariyala Showdown. Unlike the previous showdowns where it is participated by the different schools in Wao, this year, NGO’s and Government Agencies in the municipality are the participants. They showcased the distinctive cultures and heritage of the various ethnic tribes residing in Wao (Addy Alonto/2-26/13)