NEGROS ORIENTAL ISLANDS PHILIPPINES
Negros Oriental Festivals & Events
|Sinulog de Tanjay (Tanjay City; June 24)|
Street dancing and a mock battle between the Moros and Christians, followed by their reconciliation through the intercession of town patron Señor Santiago, held on the eve of the patron’s feast day. This is an old tradition that began with old men engaged in swordplay and dancing from house to house.
Hugyawan Dalansayaw (Dumaguete City; December)
Hugyawan means “merrymaking” and is the main concept of the celebration and street dancing presentations, with contingents coming from all parts of the province. The object is to showcase the unique way of life in Negros Oriental and capture the attitude of the Negrenses towards nature, fate, and God.
Ayuquitan Festival (San Jose; May 7)
The town’s name is derived from “inukitan” or bird pickings, recounted in colorful production numbers.
Balik Lantaw sa Amlan (Amlan; November 28)
A dance festival depicting the folk ways of Amlan.
Buglasan (Dumaguete City; May 4)
The festival of festivals, Buglasan brings together the finest street dancers of the province for a day of competition and merrymaking. Other activities include an agri-tourism fair, pageants, and musical variety shows.
Budyas (Tandayag, Amlan; June 29)
Traditional ritual invokes good fortune on fishermen, their boats and paraphernalia; fluvial procession of elaborately decorated vessels ferry patrons St. Peter and St. Paul between the two chapels of Tandayag.
Daro Sinulog (Dumaguete City; 3rd week of January)
The traditional festival in barangay Daro is held in honor of the Infant Jesus. The barangay’s various “puroks” participate as “tribus” (tribes).
Fluvial Procession of Sibulan (Sibulan; June 12)
Precedes the June 13 fiesta of St. Anthony de Padua; lighted and decorated vessels ferry the saint’s image and devotees along the waters off the town, which attracts mammoth crowds of supplicants to the patron’s shrine in the parish church.
Kasadyaan Festival / Foundation University Founder’s Day (Dumaguete City; December 12-14)
Initiated by Foundation University to add color to the local community’s Christmas season. The 50-year old tradition is the longest established festival in Negros Oriental. Highlights includes field presentations and beauty pagents, and culminates in the Kasadyaan mardi gras.
Hudyaka Festival (Bais City; September 7)
Highlight of the Bais City fiesta and Charter Day celebration; features street dancing and mardi gras with showdown competitions and grand floats.
Mei Hua Festival (Dumaguete City)
Held to coincide with the Chinese Lunar New Year. Mei Hua (Beautiful China) comprises parades and pageants, exhibits, film showing, the Lion Dance and Chinese Food Festival.
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