Magayon Hinuptanan Festival: A History

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Mar 17, 2014


The Municipality of Moises Padilla was formerly called Magallon (pronounced as ma-gal-yon). The town is famous for its significant livestock yard and livestock animals, the town’s major source of income. In fact, it's known as the “Livestock Capital” of Negros Occidental where merchants from all over the island come to buy, sell, and trade all kinds of dairy and farm animals.


Early settlers of the town were easily offended and angered whenever provoked, and so they were described to be like angry lions. The neighboring towns were therefore understandably cautious of pre-Hispanic Magallon, and would often refer to the latter's people with, “Basi maga leon naman sila” (They might be like lions again).

The frequent use of the term “maga leon” made an impact on the people, and the town was named “Magalyon,” which was later on hispanized as “Magallon.”


The festival's highlight is the Hinuptan Streetdancing Competition. "Hinuptan" is all about taking care of farm animals, and the dance sees the performers dressed as carabaos, chickens, horses, cows, goats and the town's other animals.


Famous Landmarks To Visit While You're There
  • "Ang Tuburan sa Balanhigan" is a mountain resort that offers accommodations for visitors.
  • The Old Municipal Building was built in the early 50s.
  • The Japanese Barracks is a Wold War II historical marker.
  • The Kaitulari Ecotourism Zone is a place for adventure and relaxation. It's where Mother Nature is at its best.


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 nearest bus station for Moises Padilla.

You can also go to Bacolod by ferry (estimated cost of Php2700++ with meal, round trip, 20-22 hours) from Manila. From the port you can get a cab and ask to be dropped off at the south terminal bus station for Moises Padilla.

Buses and vans for hire regularly ply the southern Negros highway. The municipality of Moises Padilla is approximately a 2-hour drive (approximately 85.6 kilometers) by private car from Bacolod City.


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