TALAKAG - the etymology of which came from the Bisayan dialect LAKAG meaning "to go after” or
“follow in pursuit” and the prefix TA denoting “fondness in doing such”.
In other words, Talakag means “fondness in giving pursuit”.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Acrobatic Show in Talakag

Thousands came to watch the “New Millennium Acrobatic Show” in the Gym, Talakag Public Plaza during the Valentine’s Weekend. The group is normally based in Baguio City but is currently on tour around the country. Mr Randil F. Villajuan, the instructor/manager, promised to put on the “best show for the family” for only 20 pesos per person. True to his word, the performers delivered and featured different acrobatic formations. Clowns with their usual tricks entertained the crowd during intervals.

I thought that the balancing acts were very good. What made them more thrilling was the absence of safety nets. They were so daring that some people were willing the acrobats not to fall; while others were shouting for more stunts. A child behind me was praying loudly “Oh God! Please keep them safe” and another woman said that she could feel her toes curling under her chair hoping that such act would help the acrobats concentrate and cling on the tight rope. The danger factor certainly kept the crowd’s attention.

By 11:00 pm the show was over and everyone left (on foot, on bicyles or aboard trisikads, motorelas, trucks, vans, jeepneys, etc) with their own stories to tell. When in Talakag, you can’t help but go along to public entertainment (such as this) as part of your social engagements, otherwise you would miss out on what everyone is talking about. Of course, I was there! It was full house. My advice for the future events like this is get there early and bring your own chair. Also position yourself well away from the entrance as late comers tend to push themselves in and can block your view.

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