From December 2 to 7, Foundation University will stage the annual Kasadyaan Festival – formerly called Mardi Gras and is the longest running festival in Negros Oriental, tracing its roots from the early 1950s. The then Foundation College began the Mardi Gras parade tradition of colorful lights and costumes passing through the main thoroughfares of Dumaguete City.
For a week, the University will hold events to formally cap the year-round celebration of the 70th founding anniversary of the institution and to uphold the lasting tradition of merrymaking through Kasadyaan – the summit of FU’s cultural life.
This year, the theme revolves on the festivals celebrated around the world. The said theme gives the public a glimpse of the high-spirited and colorful celebration of Kasadyaan.
Prior to the Kasadyaan’s opening, Hara sa FU 2019 Presentation will be held by November 7 at 5:30 in the afternoon at the Pantawan, Rizal Boulevard This will be followed by “Panaghiusa” – the Grand Alumni Homecoming set by November 30 at the Sofia Soller Sinco Hall.
The conferment of Juris Doctor to the graduates of the FU College of Law and Jurisprudence will be held in the morning of December 2 and in the afternoon of the same day, the University Mass will be celebrated to be followed by the formal opening of the Kasadyaan Village – featuring display booths designed by the colleges and units in the University.
Meanwhile, in the evening of December 4, equally charming candidates will vie for the Hara sa FU 2020 crown at the Sofia Soller Sinco Hall. The winner will serve as FU’s ambassador of goodwill. This year, as the campus pageants turns 70 years old, the past queens will grace the said occasion as the new Hara sa FU will wear the new crown.
On the other hand, the various colleges and units will depict the festivals around the world through colorful and moving productions during the Gabi-i sa Pasundayag on December 6, 7PM at the Sofia Soller Sinco Hall.
Kasadyaan Parada by December 7 will pass through the main streets of Dumaguete. The parade contingents will be dressed in colorful costumes and lighted props.
The annual Kasadyaan Festival was formally known as “mardi gras” initiated by Foundation University is one of Negros Oriental’s oldest and longest-running annual festivals. It began as a torch parade in costume with mardi gras as motif in 1949 by Foundation University’s founder Dr. Vicente G. Sinco.