The Buhayani Festival, the oﬃcial festival of the City of Calamba was the brainchild of Hon. Mayor Justin Marc SB. Chipeco during his ﬁrst year as Mayor in 2013. Mayor Timmy wanted the city to have a festival that will best characterize its culture, progress and tourism potential. He wanted to capitalize on the city’s historical heritage as the birthplace of Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Thus, the Buhayani Festival was born.
The term “BUHAYANI” was coined by joining two Filipino words, “buhay” meaning life or the state of being alive and lively and “bayani” or hero. The festival’s tagline “Buhay ng Bayani, Buháy na Bayani” literally translates to “Life of the Hero”pertaining to the life of our famous kababayan, Dr. Jose Rizal and “Living Hero”which refers to the common man who has the capacity and potential to become everyday heroes in their own small ways.
“We want everyone who revere our kababayan, Dr. Jose Rizal to come to Calamba and join us in honouring him on his birthday and in celebrating the modern Rizal in us. We want to make our National Hero modern and relevant in today’s challenging times and we want to celebrate the spirit of heroism that lives in each Filipino, not just in us Calambeños,” Mayor Chipeco was quoted saying.
Diﬀerent activities were lined up for this year’s Buhayani Festival--Kuwentong Bayani for selected Grade 5 students, Talinong Rizal Quiz Bee, Buhayani Football Cup, Independence Day Job Fair, SayawIndak Street Dancing Competition, Marching Band Competition, Baile de Gala, Hawig Rizal (Rizal Look-a-Like), Buhayani Eye Care Mission and a whole lot more. Highlighting this year’s celebration is the Morning Program wherein Philippine National Police Chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is the Guest of Honor and Speaker. A special wreath-laying ceremony shall also commence at the Museo ni Rizal sa Calamba after a simultaneous ﬂoral oﬀering at ﬁve diﬀerent Rizal monuments around the city.
“Jose Rizal is not just the pride of Calamba, he is the pride of the entire country as he was the Greatest Malay to have lived. His works, teachings and ideals have inspired and will continue to inspire us as we strive to live up to his ideals of nationalism and love of country. In the Buhayani Festival, we celebrate an ideal and an advocacy that through this festival, we can rekindle the ﬁre of patriotism and heroism in the hearts of every Filipino. Come to Calamba--retrace history’s footsteps, rediscover the richness and uniqueness of our heritage, ﬁre up our Filipino pride and be inspired to share and spread what you have experienced and be part of the force that will bring about a renewed love of country in every Filipino,” Mayor Chipeco challenged.