Higaonon tribe holds historic royal wedding
Invited guests: Dionesia Pacquiao & VP Jejomar Binay
GINGOOG CITY, Philippines (July 3, 2014) — Higaonon Tribe held recently a historic Royal Tribal Wedding at the hinterland barangay, here around 800 kilometers south of Metro Manila.
Mommy Dionesia, mother of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay, two of the most popular invited guests were not able to attend the event.
The lavish occasion that’s only in the Philippines and probably the first time of its kind in the world was attended by thousands of people and prominent government officials and journalists from Metro Manila who later savor the various delicious foods from 300 slaughtered pigs, 30 cows and thousands of chickens and hundreds of turkeys and ducks.
A local weekly newspaper “Monitor Today” published last week a banner headline “Thousands Attend Historic Higaonon Royal Wedding” written by journalist Nancy Muring which goes “Thousands of people have attended and witnessed the historical Royal Higaonon Tribal Wedding that took place last June 21, 2014 at the enchanting, panoramic, beautiful and peaceful site of Mt. Sioan Tri-Rock Resort and Adventure Park, Gingoog City, Misamis Orental. The terrain is surrounded by lush green Mountain of wilderness with unpolished crystal-clear river.
The said Royal Tribal Wedding was between Datu Makasilang (Francisco R. Baguiz), the celebrant groom and bride Bae Nay-Anggaan (Ma. Contessa P. Baguiz).
The royal couple beamed with kingly and queenly graces, honors and pride as they marched with the beating of gongs towards a wide stage designed and decorated with indigenous-touch and colorful banners.
It was officiated by a tribal ritual, the “Pagsalu” or “Pamalas” (called for the officiator). The formal ceremony began with what the Higaonon’s call “Pamada” (greetings), followed by the “Manumbaga” (welcoming the visitors), then, “Pangapog” (a Higaonon wedding prayer), and the “Pagbulho” or “Mag-iyaw” (the tribal ritual butchering of a pig and chicken as offering).
Several presentations called the “Tumbaga” were performed. Then concluded with the couple savoring the awaited cooked chicken in bare hands feeding together each other’s mouth in which the significance is final binding of the couple to eternal love.
The event was amazingly considered the first of its kind in this part of the country and probably in the world as the most joyous and colorful royal tribal wedding event ever witnessed in awe by thousands of invited guests and dignitaries including spectators.
Most of the wedding principal sponsors attended the celebration are: Hon. Yevgeny Vicente “Bambi” Emano, Governor of Misamis Oriental, Hon. Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao, Congresswoman of Dinagat Island Province, Atty. Virgilio Mendez, NBI Drector, Mr. Sonny Casulla, DZRH Radio Announcer/Broadcaster, Hon. Mario T. Okinlay, Mayor of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, Atty. Gamaliel “Gam” Galliao, former Gingoog City Councilor, with the special presence of Hon. Marie L. Guingona and Hon. Erick Canosa, Mayor and Vice Mayor of Gingoog City respectively.
The guests were served and treated to a sumptuous meals prepared from 300 slaughtered pigs, 100 of which were cooked in a “lechon” manner (grilling the whole pig in charcoal lined-up in an approximately 100 meters more or less open makeshift lechon cottage with 100 “lechoneros” (lechon cooks), 30 cows, 2 of which were cooked as well in “lechon” type called by many as “Lechon Baka”, thousands of chickens, hundreds of turkeys and ducks, and variety of menus of exotic meat.
The celebration culminated with a concert presentation tendered by professional singers and bands that was participated by the groom and the bride.
The guests indeed enjoyed the blissful occasion not just the lavish foods, the warm accommodation of the tribal people and the community, but also the free amenities of the place such as the ride on the 280 meters zipline, free use of 3 large swimming pools, a non-stop singing of the bands and wonderful fireworks at night. On the following day, a Motocross Challenge was held within the Sioan Race Track.
All the guests went home whose hearts were full of love, thrills and happiness of this once-in-a-lifetime experience of witnessing this historic wedding, and treasured it forever in their hearts and mind.” (LOR VILLA ENCENZO)