Surprisingly, this year’s celebration of Kalilangan, a festival that celebrates General Santos City’s early settlers, is designated to an academic institution, Mindanao State University. Thus, a good number of city locals are quite surprised and disappointed by the sudden change. There are still usual events like exhibits, sports games, barangay showcases among other, we can’t help but compare the implementation with the old Kalilangan organizers.
But, most locals like the mini – zoo and carabao rides that they rarely see in the old Kalilangan celebrations. So, the young ones get to appreciate farm and wild animals and boost their care for environment. We however missed seeing horses with their horse tack to boot; it shall be fun if kids can ride on these pricey animals too.
The 2011 Kalilangan Festival shall conclude today but the open – field exhibit shall end early March. So, the city locals can continuously see the city’s pride.
We can only wish that next year’s Festival celebration be grander and happier.