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Hinugyaw sa Hinigaran Festival 2014

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Belle Piccio | Apr 25, 2014

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The Hinugyaw Festival is a weeklong celebration that culminates with a grand parade and street-dancing performers dressed in vibrant costumes. It's an annual thanksgiving festival that the people of Hinigaran hold every April 30.

"Hinugyaw" is a local term that means rejoicing or jubilation. Legend has it that a long-haired woman protected the town from an invasion of Moro pirates. The incursion was thwarted. The tales have it that the woman was no other than Saint Mary Magadalene. There was great rejoicing and celebration, thus, the term “hinugyaw.”

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Landmarks to Visit
  • Mary Magdalene Church is a century-old church with Romanesque architecture. Its walls are about 2-meters thick and are made of limestone blocks that were transported from Guimaras province.

  • The Old Church Convent is just beside the Mary Magdalene Church. Several old buildings were destroyed during the Pacific war except the old convent which was guarded. It was used by the locals as temporary evacuation center at the height of the Japanese mopping-up operations. The old church is now occupied by the La Consolacion School of the Augustinian Sisters.

  • Just in front of the century-old church is the public plaza where you’ll find the Mini Rizal Park. The park was constructed in 1970 and is adorned with monuments of soldiers during World War II.

  • Since Hinigaran is known for its oysters, don’t fail to visit the town’s Talabahan Plantation which is just under the bridge.

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How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (estimated cost of Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab and ask to be dropped off at the South Terminal / bus station for Bacolod-Hinigaran.

Buses and vans for hire regularly ply the northern Negros highway. Hinigaran is approximately an hour and 15 minute drive from Bacolod city.

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