THE THEME AND THE ICON
(Understanding the symbolical theme and the symbolic icon)
Before writing anything, it is proper and logical to learn and understand the message behind the theme and the icon of the 70th Araw ng Compostela and the 12th Buganihan Festival.
Directly from the originator of the concepts and design in the person of Dodong Emelito Revano Quijano, the designated tourism officer of the town, I’ll share the stories behind the symbols.
There is a respectable Filipino saying, “ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan”.
True indeed, the theme of this year’s celebration is a clear recognition of the essence of the town’s expressing, merrymaking and unifying of the productive history and beginning of Compostela’a identity, by stating “Pasundayag, Pagsadya, Paghiusa sa Mabungahong Kasumaran”.
The sun in the icon symbolizes the strong foundation of the town. The mask represents diversity of culture and people converging in one geographical location while enjoying the fruits of the fertile and productive soils represented by various fruits and crops the town is producing, and placed within the hub of hardworking people depicted by a huge basket (bukag).
Traversing along is a road-like structure of a native mat (banig) resembling the roadmap of social and economic evolution, and political maturity defining the local civilization.
The graphical abstraction of people dancing in the lower portion shows festivities and thanksgiving of communities and people.
Both the theme and the icon been officially adopted by the Executive Committee of this year’s celebration.
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