Musikahan fest opening draws over 20T revelers

THE GRAND opening of this year’s Musikahan Festival proved that no amount of rain could dampen the crave of more than 20,000 Tagumenyos and revelers from nearby towns for a celebration that is eclectic and breathtaking.

Music lovers from all taste made a sea of crowd in the open arena of the New City Hall Atrium last February 28, 2017 as the Local Government of Tagum and the Tagum City Tourism Council kicked off the Musikahan Festival 2017 through a set of jam-packed productions, opening Davao Region’s first festival of the year in a high note.

Mayor Allan Rellon was amazed by the number of spectators that flocked the arena in spite of the drizzle. He also extended his gratitude to the crowd and sponsors who remained high-spirited amidst the weather and promised them to give a Musikahan Festival that is taken to the next level.

“This year, we in the City Government through our City Tourism Office, has made this festival even more cheerful with a wide array of events slated in our weeklong celebration,” said the local chief executive.

A major highlight of the festival is the 3000 Voices where 3000 Tagumenyos from varying sectors including the persons with disabilities will sing in a chorale-like manner. This is to accentuate Tagum City’s identity as the Music Capital of the South.

The Musikahan Festival is part of the 5-in-1 Celebration of the city that includes the conduct of Tagumenyo Bisa’g Asa, the gathering of national and overseas migrants from Tagum; the 1st anniversary of the formal transfer of the government workforce to the New City Hall; the celebration of 19th Araw ng Tagum; and Mayor Rellon’s State of the City Address. The 5-in-1 Celebration will run until March 07.

Meanwhile, the Musikahan Festival is also tuned up with other big competitions such as Tunog Tagum Battle of the Bands, Himig Handog Chorale Competition, the Barangay Musikahan, and Kasikas sa Tagum: DBLC competition, among others.

Being the Mother of all Festivals in Tagum City, the city government is hopeful that this year’s Musikahan Festival will convince the thousand revelers from all around the country to witness the other festivals here.

On the other hand, the grand opening of Musikahan 2017 was made more iconic with the lighting of the Giant Musical Tree and the exhibition of colorful fireworks in the showery night sky. Roy Banias/CIO Tagum

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