Kaogma wraps up with a bang!


PILI, Camarines Sur --- The historic celebration of the province of Camarines Sur’s founding anniversary wrapped up with an almost 20,000 crowd cheering at the CamSur Rockfest held Sunday at the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) grounds, Friday, May 25, in Iriga City.

Top billed by Ely Buedia, the lead vocalist of the popular Filipino rock band Eraserheads and the frontman of Oktaves, the show was undoubtedly a massive success. The presence of other famous bands, Mayonnaise, Autotelic, December Avenue and IV of Spades, all the more added up to the excitement of the audience and painted more color to the show.

With the huge number of attendees, the Incident Management Team (IMT) assigned to secure the area and ensure the safety of everyone, no longer allowed other spectators from entering the already jam-packed venue for security reasons.

The same display of warmth was already felt during the Grand Opening of the annual KAOGMA fest with Francisco Gaudencio Lope Belardo Mañalac, popularly known in his mononym as “Bamboo”, gracing the opening salvo of Camarines Sur’s 440th Founding Anniversary.

In his opening speech during the Grand Opening, Governor Migz expressed his gratitude to the crowd of Iriga City for the support he received in the recently concluded midterm elections. He called for unity and oneness among the leaders of the province and for ‘less politicking, and more public service’.

Governor Migz also urged the leaders to set aside their political differences and to collaborate for the benefit of their constituents.

The young Villafuerte, who was given a fresh mandate of the Camarinenses and now on his last term as father of the province, announced that starting this year, Kaogma Festival will be brought to the different districts of the province.

“Nothing more than just spreading the love, spreading the happiness,” Governor Migz added.

The 8-day star studded KAOGMA fest was also graced by prominent actress and actresses.

Guests Andrea Brillantes, Kyle Echarri and Bamboo opened the Kaogma Festival, along with host Sam YG and the Dance Revolution, with special guests Ella Cruz and Julian Trono and the Big V, The Big V graced by talented singer Katrina Velarde.

Other activities that wowed the crowd include: Search for Mr. Kaogma, the first male pageant spearheaded by the provincial government of CamSur, the Dog Show with the Mayon Kennel Club at the Capitol Convention Center, the Philippine Cable Wakeboard Nationals 2019 held at the CamSur Watersports Complex, Miss Kaogma 2019, the Street Dance Competition and Rock fest held at UNEP and “Boy Kayod”, the first grassroots triathlon in the country.

On the the last day of the Kaogma fest, the provincial government spearheaded the Kaogamara, a variety show with guest Nicki Balaj. Guests and visitors also enjoyed the free rides and show of the local bands offering worship songs.

The festival ended with a Foundation Mass as thanksgiving for the fruitful celebration of Camarines Sur’s 440th Foundation anniversary. (With reports from ELEstropia,OG-PIAV/Camarines Sur)