December began with a festive mood for Foundation University and it happens every year. The celebration of Kasadyaan Festival, formerly known throughout the province as the Mardi Gras, is a long-standing tradition of the University. During its inception 1949, the primary aim was to cheer up and lift the spirit of the community after the Second World War.
According to Dumaguete City Tourism Officer Jackie Veloso-Antonio, “Long before festivals became a popular practice unlike now, every city, municipality, barangay and school have their own festival. Foundation (University) started the practice.”
In the statement, it can be evident that the University indeed began the trend of creating and holding a festival. Not to mention the birthing of Negros Oriental’s Buglasan Festival inside the campus of Foundation University in May of 1981. Years later, the festival was formally turned over for the province to sustain and develop.
Moreover, behind the dances, presentations, colorful costumes and props, there is a deeper purpose. Holding a festival celebrates and upholds culture – an aspect often neglected today. The holding of festivals, in a way, inculcates culture not just to the academic community but as well as, the whole city and province.
This year, Foundation University treated the public with a glimpse of the different cultures from the world over through the creative portrayals and presentations featuring the mythical and legendary birds. Two of which were close to every Filipino’s heart: the Sarimanok and the Ibong Adarna.
Lastly, it is through creative portrayals and presentations that one can truly learn new viewpoints on culture and realize that culture is powerful enough to influence and encourage the audience to take action or think deeper especially on issues concerning the present society.
Culture educates the community and it cultivates the thoughts of the people. Therefore, cultural advocacy must be pursued in order to develop further the society.