‘Kinabayo Festival’ kicks off in Dapitan City

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, July 11 (PNA) — The annual “Kinabayo Festival” has kicked-off Friday in Dapitan City in the nearby Zamboanga del Norte province, a tourism official announced.

Dapitan City Tourism Officer Apple Marie Agolong said the festival kicked off 1 p.m. Friday with a motorcade around the city.

It will be followed by the search for Miss Silka 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Gloria de Dapitan.

Agolong said the activities of this year’s festival started five days earlier compared to the previous celebration.

This year’s activities of the Kinabayo Festival are slated from July 11 and will end July 25.

Agolong said the festival was extended for five days in a bid to attract more tourists.

Agolong said they have lined up several activities including nightly cultural presentations as part of the 15-day festival.

The festival will culminate July 25, the feast day of Saint James the Greater, the patron saint of Dapitan City.

The highlight of the festival is the reenactment of the Battle of Covadonga between the Spanish forces under General Pelagio and Muslim Moors.(PNA)