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The City of Pagadian successfully showcased the annual celebration of the Pasalamat Festival last January 15, 2017 filling the city's streets leading to Plaza Luz with vibrant hues of participants performing their distinctive yet synchronized dances while singing "Viva! Senyor Sto. Niño! Pit Senyor!".

Pasalamat Festival is an annual celebration of the locals of Pagadian City giving thanks for the bountiful and fruitful harvest in honor to its patron saint, Sto. Niño (The Holy Child Jesus), which coincides with the feast-day of Cebu City. The festivity celebrated every third Sunday of January. Accordingly, the origin of the Pasalamat Festival was meant to honor the folklore god of agriculture. "The locals had to go to Mt. Kanlaon to honor the god and to give their gratitude from an abundant harvest. But as time had passed, it was transformed into far more colorful and exciting event to be in."

One of the highlight events during the Pasalamat Festival are the Street Dancing, Ritual Showdown, and the Festival Queen Competition participated by thirteen public secondary schools in the city.

Sta. Lucia National High School was announced as the Champion for the ritual showdown competition bagging the grand prize worth P200,000.00. The Pagadian City Science High School garnered the Second Placer receiving P100,000.00 while Co Tek Chun National High School placed on the Third Placer receiving P75,000.00.

For the Street Dancing Competition, Pagadian City Science High School announced as the Champion receiving the cash prize of P100,000.00 followed by Zamboanga del Sur National High School (San Pedro Annex) as the 2nd Placer with P75,000.00. Napolan National High School was announced as the 3rd Placer receiving P50,000.00.

On the other hand, Ms Shiela Mae Navaro, an 18-year old student of Co Tek Chun National High School was announced as the Festival Queen 2017.

All winners received trophies while non-lucky contingents received consolation prizes.

Photos courtesy of Al-Rashid Ahadain with permission.

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