Kalesayahan in Gasan

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January 8th 2010
Published: January 8th 2010
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Kalesayahan is a contraction of two Tagalog words, "kalesa", a local horse-drawn vehicle and "kasayahan", festivity. A festival celebrating kalesas in Gasan town during the past decade to generate interest in this form of local transportation and to preserve the few existing ones, has been successfully undertaken in the month of August of every year. This is timed with the town's celebration of its founding anniversary.

Kalesas and horses are decorated gaily with indigenous materials, carrying a young couple dressed up in 'Filipiniana' attire. Photos here show samplings of the village folks ingenuity shown in various expressions of their creativity in decorating, a community project involving men, women and children. Winners often receive cash and livelihood projects for their barangay, village.

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