Getting Ready for this Year’s Festival Show During the Feast of Tabernacles in Baguio City

The Festival Show is an evening event that is presented to the Feast goers in Baguio City under the banner of the United Church of God. This will be the 4th year that I will be coordinating it. It will never be the same since I’ve always depended on my mom for the costumes (she sewed most of them in the past). Now that she’s gone I have to resort to immediate plan B.

The show must go on.

I already have a lineup (almost complete). Most will be a showcase of Filipino folk dances and songs. At least it is easier to buy ready made local folk costumes than it is to have international costumes be custom-made.

German folk dance. (Photo credit: Cherry Javier)
Live band. (That’s my back with the red hair tie.) (Photo credit: Cherry Javier.)
Sayaw sa Bangko (Bench dance). (Photo credit: Mark Mangahas)
Carinosa. (Photo credit: Mark Mangahas)

The rondalla ensemble will also be revived to render a lively number for the enjoyment of the whole audience and participants. Glad to have my musically-talented husband to be a major participant in this show. He is really being used to the full as he often does the accompaniment for most songs, as a lead or bass guitarist while others do the rhythm. (He’s even dreaming of having his own amp, something like the Fender bassman, for his retirement.) Without him, coordinating the Festival Show would be so difficult for me.

I have tapped the people who would be participants, during the past 2 weeks.  Thanks to their support and willingness to spend their time and effort in practicing and being present when needed. It takes about 3 months for the whole preparation and an hour and a half to present the show.

The Festival Show is not a talent show. A talent show is merely about one’s talent. It’s a lot easier to present. You’ve got the talent? You’re in! But it’s about one’s talent. One’s self. The Festival Show, on the other hand, is a collaboration or many people who work together to be able to present a show that has been worked up with a lot of patience and longsuffering, for the benefit of the whole. It offers a lot of opportunities to develop one’s character. It is fun too!

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