One thing I like about living here in Makati is the Caracol Festival, An annual event that has brilliantly evolved from the combination of the country’s three major festivals – Ati-Atihan, Dinagyang, and Sinulog – this year’s Caracol Festival becomes a spectacular showcase of the Philippines’ diverse flora and fauna as interpreted by the Filipino’s sheer creative genius and outstanding artistry. Last weekend, the City of Makati bursts into a paradise of vibrant colors and widespread merrymaking.
It is also my first time to visit the Globe Event Grounds, Circuit Makati . Very big space for recreational and staging concerts and any events that needs larger space and audience.
The Caracol Festival 2013 was organized by the Makati Local Government through its Museum and Cultural Affairs office to celebrate the beautiful bounties of Mother Earth and highlight the need to spread awareness on environmental protection and conservation. This was done in such a festive and colorful way to communicate the message among all participants, visitors, and observers who took part in the catching euphoria of the city-wide celebration.
MORE PHOTOS HERE OF THE PARADE
Caracol Festival 2013 proved to be the biggest production of the annual Makati City festivity as it brought together hundreds of elementary and high school students and residents from six baranggay clusters in Makati who competed in the Best Dance and Best Costume categories, along with members of various youth groups and other organizations, in a grand parade of nature-inspired costumes. The procession of the Makati community covered the length of A.P. Reyes Avenue up to Baranggay Carmona where everyone convened at the city’s newly-opened entertainment center, Circuit Makati, for the program proper.
In the dance and costume competition, each group from the elementary, high school and baranggay clusters performed dynamic dance routines while portraying various forms of flora and fauna, including endangered species facing extinction due to the rampant destruction of the environment. This makes the Caracol a festival that engages local communities not only in expressing their talent and creativity but also in getting themselves involved in their city’s long-term commitment to protecting nature’s ecosystem.
A participation allowance worth P65,000 was given to each contending dance group, which consisted of 30 to 40 members each. They vied for trophies and cash awards amounting to P60,000 for the First Prize, P50,000 for the Second Prize, P40,000 for the Third Prize, and an additional grand prize of P60,000 for the overall contest champion. Special awards for the Most Original Costume and Best in Choreography were also given an additional cash prize of P20,000 for each award.
“Beyond being a visual feast and jovial celebration, the Caracol Festival seeks to inspire other cities in the country to promote similar activities geared to rouse public awareness on the urgent need for definitive action to save and conserve our environment and natural resources,” shares Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay.
Derived from the Spanish term “caracol” referring to the “shell” that people use as shield against life’s harsh realities, the Caracol Festival encourages people to forget their troubles, join in the city merry–making, and collectively celebrate the wonders and beauty of nature. Since it was conceptualized in 1986 and included in the Department of Tourism’s Fiesta Island Program in 1989, the Caracol Festival has become a much-anticipated yearly celebration attended by city residents, visitors, and foreign tourists alike.
I will definitely cover this again! While the Mardi Gras-inspired festival highlights Makati’s status as a cultural and environment-friendly city, Ayala Land vows to support Makati City’s other activities in line with the company’s Make It Happen. Make It Makati campaign. This is a campaign that aims to provide a truly diverse and dynamic city experience to reinforce Makati’s unparalleled status as the country’s leading city for business, lifestyle, entertainment and culture.