These are some of the pictures I took during the Opening of Kalilangan Festival 2008 on Saturday, February 16, 2008 which was covered live by ABS-CBN at their affiliate SkyCable Channel 28. The festival commemorates the 69th Foundation Anniversary of General Santos City on February 27th where everything culminates in one big street party invoking the city’s multi-faceted cultural heritage.

Little Kalilangan Festival Queen

Young Kalilangan Folk Dancer is all smiles for the camera

Folk dancers from a public primary school looking cool

Wacky Folk Dancers and their parents and teachers

Young Maria Claras

Mayor Jun Acharon leading city officials, guests & festival staff in releasing the Kalilangan balloon signaling the formal opening of the festival.

The grand fireworks display!