Alimango Festival: Watch the Dancing Mud Crabs of Samar

Have you witnessed the courtship dance between male and female alimangos? The Philippine mud crab, scientific name Scylla serrata, also called as mangrove crabs or black crabs is an economically important crab species.  It is because of the business opportunity for the growing demand of these crustaceans commercially. Mud crab, commonly called by Filipinos as alimango, is…

Be Ready For An Epic Road Trip: Travel Via Bus From Luzon To Mindanao

Despite being a small country, a majority of the Philippine islands are still widely separated by vast oceans. This essentially makes travel by land difficult, and air travel is often the more practical choice among travelers pressed for time. However, despite its difficulty, traveling the islands of the Philippines is not impossible: in fact, here’s a…

The Legend of the Miraculous Lady in White Lurking in Eastern Samar’s Hamorawan Spring

Eastern Samar annually celebrates the Padul-ong Festival in honor of the Blessed Virigin Mary. Celebrated in Eastern Samar province, the Padul-ong Festival is the province’s way to pay homage to its Patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary. The capital city of the province, pronounced as “bo-rong-gan”, was derived from the Waray-waray word “borong” which means “fog.” The festival commemorates the day…

Three Stars And A Sun: What Do They Mean?

The famous “Three Stars and a Sun” was originally a symbol of the Katipuneros fighting for the independence of the country. The three stars signify the three principal islands of the archipelago during the time the flag was first flown: Luzon, Mindanao, and Panay. The sun symbolizes the efforts of all the revolutionaries who shed their…

The Negros Museum: A Quick Way to Get to Know the Island of Negros

The Negros Museum is the first in the Philippines curatorially conceived without focus on precious artifacts but instead on the complex stories and people whose lives make up the stories. In telling the story of Negros Island, The Negros Museum makes innovative use of original contemporary artworks and quality reproductions. It is a child-friendly museum…

Babaylan Festival of Bago City

The Babaylan Festival of Bago City, Negros Occidental is celebrated every February. Come join the fun! Babaylan Festival 2013 file photo by Sir Billy Lopue | Camera Club of Negros  The Babaylan Festival is based on the rituals performed by the babaylans, like rituals on marriage, baptism, healing, harvest and others. The babaylan is a…