KALILANGAN SA HENERAL SANTOS
By: Bai Janena JA. Tito
Kalilangan is derived from the rootword “Kalilang”
which typically means celebration or commemoration in the Maguindanaon dialect.
In a broader perspective, kalilang projects a positive and dynamic meaning for it engulfs the artistic, humane and altruistic aspects of social interaction that takes place in any occasion or celebration.
Kalilangan means festival, feastivity or jubilee. It is a social gathering marked by exchanging of amenities among traditional leaders, elders, allies and subordinates in varying tones.
It is also a pageantry of unique and colorful ethnic rites, rituals and traditions like marriage celebrations, religious ceremonies, anniversaries, funerals, enthronement of royal dignitaries, thanksgiving and other social forms of social, political and economic activities.
It is not just an economic activity, but a continuous season of merriment, gaiety and merrymaking accentuated by sharing of gifts, traditional sports competition, dancing, singing and instrument rendition and other forms of exhibition games, entertainment and amusement.
Kalilangan is a noble tradition. It is a compleat work of art nourished and nurtured by a rich cultural heritage that has withstand the test of time from generation to generation.
General Santos is a part of this tradition. Let us enshrine the “Kalilangan sa Heneral Santos” in the golden pages of its history.