Kinabayo Festival 2017
Festivals and Fairs
Kinabayo Festival is celebrated every 25th day of July in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte Philippines. The patron saint of the City is St. James, the Greater. During the Spanish rule, Dapitan was populated by Moro pirates. The Jesuit priests fatefully set up St. James, to protect the Dapitanons from an attack of invaders. On that day, there is a wonderful re-enactment of the Battle of Covadonga. Participants were men divided into two groups, attired as Christian and Moorish soldiers riding in mock horses made of rattan and bamboo. The climax of the pageant is the appearance of St. James the Greater astride in a white horse slashing at his imaginary enemies with a sword to the delight and adoring shouts of the devotees of the warrior saint. Famous showbiz personalities are also expected to attend the said festival.
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