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CITIES & MUNICIPAL
Amlan Jimalalud
Bais City Pamplona
Bayawan City San Jose
Bindoy Sibulan
Canlaon City Santa Catalina
Dumaguete City Tanjay City
Guihulngan  

 

 

 

THE MOST CELEBRATED EVENTS IN Negros Oriental

Amlan Map AMLAN

BUDYAS FESTIVALNovember 30
The town of Amlan is known for its fishing industry.
Amlan Budyas Festival
Beautiful young maidens adorn one of the seacrafts and paraphernalia, during the fluvial procession of decorated boats
The coastal Barangay of Tandayag has two chapels, one in Tandayag Norte and another in Tandayag Sur. The budyas is a ritual blessing of the fishermen and their fishing gear on the beach in front of the south chapel, after which the images of the two patrons of Amlan, Saints Peter and Paul, are transported to the northern chapel in a fluvial procession of elaborately decorated sea craft. Street dancing follows, with the contingents in fish folk motif. A feature of the town’s November 30 fiesta. Old ritual on the beach to invoke good fortune on fishing vessels and paraphernalia, followed by fluvial procession of decorated boats. Budyas festival is a traditional ritual on the waterfront of the town of Amlan where offerings are made for the spirits of the sea to invoke good fortune for the fishermen and their fishing implements. The images of St. Peter and St. Paul are then ferried on a lavishly decorated boat followed by other well decorated seacrafts from the chapel of Tandayag Sur (south) to the chapel of Tandayag Norte (north). This fluvial procession is held every 30th day of November, the town fiesta of Amlan. A Catholic church Mass follows the procession which is then concluded with a streetdancing to the town plaza where a field presentation is finally held.
Bais MapBAIS CITY

Hudyaka sa BaisSeptember 7
Bais City is one of the three cities in the Province of Negros Oriental occupying the eastern portion of Negros Island.

Spectacular Mardi gras parade and plaza revelry to highlight the fiesta of San Nicolas de Tolentino, patron of the city which cradled the province's sugar industry participated by different barangays in a street dancing to celebrate the fiesta of the city.
Hudyaka sa Bais
Bayawan MapBAYAWAN CITY

Tawo-tawo FestivalDecember 23
The city of Bayawan lies in the southwest tip of Negros Oriental.
Bayawan city is known as the agricultural capital of Negros Oriental. An abundant harvest is always anticipated and the presence of the "Tawo-Tawo" or scarecrow had always been a great help to the farmers for several decades. This farmer's creation has resulted to achieve bountiful yield during harvest--for the "tawo-tawo" has been known to be an effective scare to drive away the birds locally known as "maya" that feeds on the ripening rice grains. Thus, the birth of the "Tawo-Tawo" festival. This festival has been an added attraction to the city fiesta of Bayawan. The festival has drawn mixed crowds--the local townspeople, visitors from nearby towns and even foreigners. They came in droves to witness the streetdancing spectacle and field presentation. The tableau of rice culture from planting to harvesting complete with the primary characters--farmers, mayas, scarecrows and carabaos are presented by the different contingents in an artistically choreographed movements to the beating of the drums and other musical instruments.
In the past, participation is open to schools, barangays, private entities and even neighboring municipalities. Presently, the festival is confined as a competition among the twenty-eight barangays of the city.
Tawo-tawo Festival
Tawo-tawo Festival
Dancers wearing scarecrow costumes during the field presentation.

Bindoy MapBINDOY

Libod-Sayaw April 4
Bindoy is a coastal town located north of the capital city of Dumaguete.

SinulogLast Friday of January (Domolog, Bindoy)

The term "libod sayaw" comes from two visayan words, "libod" meaning moving around and "sayaw" meaning dance. The whole term "libod sayaw" means dancing in the streets along designated routes of the town of Bindoy. The streetdancing is in honor of the town's patron saint, St. Vincent Ferrer. The festival is held together with the annual town fiesta of Bindoy which is the 4th day of April.
Libod-Sayaw
Dancing ladies performing for their patron saint.

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Canlaon MapCANLAON CITY

Pasayaw Festival March 19
Canlaon City is situated on the eastern side of Mt. Canlaon in the Province of Negros Oriental.
Streetdancing and Showdown
A combined word of "Pasalamat Pinaagi sa Sayaw" (thanksgiving through dance), Pasayaw expresses joy and jubilation in praise and thanksgiving to the Almighty God through the intercession of St. Joseph. Streetdancing and showdown in honor of the patron, St Joseph the Worker. Presentation is highly-influenced by the MassKara Festival of Bacolod , where a common recorded music, usually a samba, is used by all contingents. Past Pasayaw Festivals used vegetables and other crops, by way of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvests that make Canlaon City the vegetable bowl of the Province. Highlight of the city fiesta.

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DUMAGUETE CITY
The city is known as City of Gentle People.

Buglasan FestivalOctober

Sandurot FestivalNovember 25

Hugyawan Dalansayaw1st Sunday of December

Kasadya-an Festival

Kabulakan FestivalMay

Buglasan Festival - October

These festivals are highlights of fiestas everywhere in the province. Two of these are school-based: the relatively new HUGYAWAN DALANSAYAW of Negros Oriental State University, and the KASADYA-AN December Festival of Foundation University, at over 50 years the longest-running Mardi gras of Negros Oriental. Along with the SANDUROT Festival of Dumaguete City, TAWO-TAWO (scarecrow) of Bayawan, YAG-YAG (egg-scattering on the shoreline by certain sea creatures) of Cangmating, and HUDYAKA of Bais City, these festivals are secular (non-religious) in nature. The rest are based on legends surrounding local patron saints ad religious practices: GAPNOD of Sibulan, SINULOG DE TANJAY, SINULOG DE JIMALALUD, LIBOD- SAYAW of Bindoy, KANGLAMBAT of Vallehermoso, NABINTUAN of Mabinay, PASAYAW of Canlaon City, AYUQUITAN of San Jose, BUDYAS of Amlan, KASUBHAN of Santa Catalina, and KASAULOGAN of Valencia.

Buglasan Festival
Fireworks display

RODEO competition, fireworks display, street dancing and "showdown'' competition, with alluring booths portraying the uniqueness, wealth and creativity of every locality, mixed together, to produce a crowd-drawer show. Blended with food and agricultural fairs, and nightly cultural shows featuring young and old talents, the result would be a great festival, a magnet to tourists and a certain source of income.

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Sandurot Festival November 25

A joyful celebration of the people of Dumaguete, their innate hospitality, friendliness, and their propensity to live harmoniously with people of different race, religion, and cultural beliefs. Through the course of history and to the present time, the people of Dumaguete have always been known to welcome strangers from different shores and countries, and to live with them in complete peace and understanding. This is the innate trait of Dumagueteños celebrated by the Sandurot Festival. Held during the city fiesta in November at the Rizal Boulevard, the festival reenacts the coming of these foreigners and how, with dance and song, they were welcomed by the natives. It is participated in by city barangays and/or schools, with each contingent representing a foreign culture.

Sandurot Festival Sandurot Festival Sandurot Festival

The group, wearing the chosen country's native costume, will then perform an intricately choreographed dance, interpreting the meaning of "Sandurot", which means genuine unity and sharing. In the local language, it means "arrival", and that's what it celebrates: the arrival of various foreign peoples and cultures to this seaside city. The parade, organized by the barangays, displays the costumes of various immigrant cultures: Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese, among many others. Of course, there is also the indispensable rhythmic dancing. The Sandurot festival is comprised of the re-enactment, held right on the shore of the boulevard, street dancing, and a contest of the different participating contingents and is usually participated by the different barangays, schools, and other government and non-government organizations. It is a lively, colorful affair, most awaited by the citizens of Dumaguete.

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Hugyawan Dalansayaw1st Sunday of December
A major event that the Negros Oriental State University will celebrate this year is the Hugyawan, a merrymaking activity highlighting the celebration of NORSU’s Founders’ Day celebration.

Hugyawan DalansayawIt is Dumaguete City’s most awaited street dancing competition. Hugyawan comes from the Cebuano term “hugyaw” is a condensation of the phrase “hugot sa pagbayaw”, which literally translates to sincere tribute or heartfelt offering to God, country and culture and to ourselves. On the cultural front, “hugyaw” means “to make very loud noise using drums and other musical instruments or any other indigenous materials that would make varied types of noise” Making noise is done while dancing, jumping and parading on the streets. It is participated in by all the campuses of the NORSU System NORSU celebrates 'Hugyawan' in the province of Negros Oriental. For this year, NORSU will celebrate its 77th Founders’ Day. The celebration starts on November 29 and will end on December 3. The first day will include such major activities as General Academic Convocation and the “Mr. & Ms. NORSU Pageant”. The second day marks the opening of intercampus sports and athletics, as well as cheering and cheerdance contests. The third day focuses on sports and athletics and choir competition. The fourth day focuses on ball games, cultural shows and various alumni activities. The Hugyawan comes in on the last day. Hugyawan is a jovial celebration of the rich cultural legacies and legends, as well folk practices of Negros Oriental. Dramatized through chants and street dancing accompanied by drumbeats and various kinds of noises.

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Kasadya-an Festival

Kasadya-an FestivalThe annual Kasadyaan Festival is celebrated at Foundation University this year from December 15 to 17. As Foundation University celebrates, it also acknowledges the community it serves. It has shared its history with its alumni and friends, and it hopes to give back to the nation by aiming at a bigger sphere of influence in Asia, by offering its educational program to its Asian neighbors in China, Indonesia, South Korea, and other countries. Kasadya-an means to "make merry", and in this season of hope and love, it is a fitting preparation for Christmas and the New Year. This is the time to take stock of the gains made in the year that is about to end and to take on new goals and challenges for the year to come.

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Kabulakan Festival - May

Santacruzan Festival A movable event, featuring mainly local beauties escorted by film star. Streetdancing and showdown presentations play on the attributes of Our Lady, such as Reina de las Flores, though other traditional santacruzan characters are not employed.


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Guihulngan MapGUIHULNGAN

Sinulog De BagawinesMay 16
Guihulngan is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness

 

 

Sinulog De BagawinesOld folks tell of fishermen who went off for their usual catch. They meet a terrible storm. Meanwhile, the villagers waited until night but no fisherman returned. Worried, they scour the beach and find an old chest floating ashore. Upon opening, they find an image of the Santo Niño. They venerate it and seek divine intercession for the safe return of the fishermen. Not long after, the fishermen do return, safe, with tales of a frightening encounter with a fierce storm. The villagers erupted into celebration, in gratitude to the Holy Child for keeping their kin safe.


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Jimalalud MapJIMALALUD

Sinulog De JimalaludJanuary 13
Jimalalud is a 4th class municipality in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines.

 

 

Sinulog De JimalaludBorn from widespread devotion to the Santo Niño, the festival follows the more popular sinulog traditions including the religious conversion of the Moro population. Staged January 13 as a fiesta highlight. Streetdancing and a grand showdown dramatize the Santo Niño's presence in the varied pursuits of Jimalalud's different sectors; the festival preludes the town fiesta honoring the Holy child; another crowd-drawing highlight is the rousing traditional horsefight.

 

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Pamplona MapPAMPLONA

Kasulad FestivalDecember 23
The town of Pamplona sits on the mountain range that divides the two provinces of the island of Negros.

 



Kasulad FestivalThe term "kasulad" comes from the first syllables of the three tools used by the local farmers to harvest their crops. "Kawit" is a container for "tuba" or coconut wine with a curve handle used to hook the container to the shoulder of a "tuba" gatherer. "Sungkit" is a long bamboo pole with a sharp sickle to harvest coconut fruits. "Lading" is a very thin type of bolo, the lightest among all types of short swords used in cutting and harvesting sugarcanes. Kasulad festival is referred to as the season of merrymaking in the town of Pamplona. It is held on the 12th of October highlighting the town fiesta as a form of thanksgiving to God for the bounties of harvest. Streetdancing and showdown are the main features of the festival.

 


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San Jose MapSAN JOSE

Ayuquitan FestivalMay 7
The municipality of San Jose is located north of the city of Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental.

 

 

    One of the colorful entries during the festival showdown held at the town plaza

The municipality of San Jose was formerly called "Ayuquitan", a name that was born due to a communication problem between the natives and Spanish Conquistadores. The story was that one day a group of Spaniards searching for flourishing communities came upon a group of natives harvesting rice. The Spaniards approached the natives and asked the name of the place while pointing to the ground filled with piles of rice chaffs. The natives thought they were asked for the name of the pile and answered "Inoquitan". From then on, the Spaniards called the place "Inoquitan". In time, the name "Ayuquitan" was adapted from the phrase "may inoquitan". This story is the theme for the town's colorful festival--the Ayuquitan festival. It is held every May 7, one of the highlights of the town fiesta which is celebrated on May 10. Streetdancing and showdown are the main features of the festival.

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Sibulan MapSIBULAN

Cangmating hugs part of the shoreline of the town of Sibulan.

Yagyag FestivalLast Sunday of April

Gapnod/Fluvial ProcessionJune 12

 

 

 


Yagyag FestivalLast Sunday of April

Yagyag Festival
Pictures of the colorful and unique Yag Yag Festival.

Cangmating is a small barangay of the town of Sibulan situated along its coastline. In this area, the "cagang" or land crab (cardisoma carniflex) and the "alalasan" (episesarma singaparense) are plenty during the last quarter of the year. Thousands of these creatures crawl out of its habitat at night to mate and lay their eggs along the shoreline and riverbanks. The spawning process is locally referred to as "pagyag-yag". At the start of this season, the local residents bring out their bamboo baskets, crab traps and coconut -frond torches to gather the matured crabs which they cooked and sold or bartered for farm crops from the neighboring barangays. To honor this practice and tradition, the barangay government initiated a festival held every last Sunday of April to highlight the barangay fiesta of Cangmating on May 1. The movements of the crabs during the courting, mating and laying periods are the themes of the streetdancing and field presentation during the festival. To date, the Yag Yag festival has won a national competition held in Manila, Philippines and was judged as the champion of the Philippine festivals. The festival was also brought to Japan where it was shown to the Japanese to promote tourism for the province of Negros Oriental.

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Gapnod/Fluvial ProcessionJune 12

Gapnod/Fluvial ProcessionLegend has it that the image of San Antonio de Padua was washed ashore in Sibulan by the waves, gapnod , where it was adopted as the town's patron saint. Every June 12 the saint is celebrated by a fluvial procession of gaily-decorated boats.

 

 

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Sta Catalina MapSANTA CATALINA

Sakobhan FestivalApril 24
The municipality of Santa Catalina is known by their huge Sugar cane Plantation.

 

 

Sakobhan FestivalDerived from “sakob” or sheath for the bolo used in the “katubhan” or sugar cane fields. The festival revolves around the town's sugar industry and its patron, Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Held usually every April 24 as a fiesta highlight. The highlights of the fiesta are streetdancing and showdown competitions, named after the sakob , or sheath of the bolos used to work the katubhan, or sugarcane fields.

 

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Tanjay MapTANJAY CITY

Sinulog De TanjayJuly 24
Tanjay has just been made into a city being a progressive town once.

 

 

 

A young local dancer holds on to the icon of St. James the Greater during the festival streetdancing.

"Saulog de Tanjay" is held every July 24th, the day before the city's fiesta. Before, it was known as "Sinulog" but has been renamed to "Saulog" to distinguish it from the Sinulog of Cebu. It features a unique reenactment of the battle between the Christians and the Moros. The natives of Tanjay were christianized by the Spanish friars in the name of Saint James the Greater when they came to the eastern coast of Negros for a religious expedition. Tanjay was regularly frequented by the Moros who had a knack in seizing the beautiful local maidens. The natives during such battles never failed to call on their patron saint, St. James the Greater for aid and protection. Miraculously, the Moros had never won in any of these battles. To commemorate such historical event, the "Saulog de Tanjay" festival was born.


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