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13 Fun Things We Saw at the Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Mar 27, 2014

Formerly known as Magallon (pronounced as ma-gal-yon), the municipality celebrates its Magayon Hinuptanan Festival every month of March. (Read the brief history of the festival).

The street-dancing competition is one of the festival's highlights. It also serves as the finale of the festivities.

The inspiration of the street-dance competition comes from the municipality’s abundance of livestock animals. Every market day, the merchants of Moises Padilla bring and sell their carabaos, chickens, pigs, goats, and other stockyard animals, which the locals call “hinuptan” or “hinuptanan.”

Each participating barangay represents an assigned animal. This 2014, more animals joined the festivities compared to last year, in which they focused solely on carabaos.

Thirteen barangays joined the competition; thirteen wacky costumes were on display. These are:

1: The Carabaos of Brgy. Montilla

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

2: The Cows of Brgy. Quintin Remo

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

3: The Horses of Brgy. 6

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

4: The Pigs of Brgy. 5

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

5: The Ducks of Brgy. 4

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

6: The Chickens of Brgy. Odiong

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

7: The Ducks of Brgy. Inolingan

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

8: The Carabaos of Brgy. 1

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

9: The Cows of Brgys. 2 & 3

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

10: The Horses of Brgy. Magallon Cadre

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

11: The Pigs of Brgy. Crossing Magallon

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

12: The Chickens of Brgy. Guinpana-an

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

13: The Goats of Brgy. 7

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Magayon Hinuptanan Festival 2014; photo by Dustin Mijares

What to Do

  • Visit the town’s famous landmarks during the day. One of these is the Old Municipal Building that was built during the early 1950s. Pass by the Japanese Barracks, too, which hosts a historical marker of World War II.

  • The Hinuptan Streetdancing competition usually starts early in the afternoon. You can watch the program at plaza or witness it on the streets. Take note that the road going to the New Magallon Auditorium is always packed with tourists and spectators.

  • After the event, you can relax and end the day at the mountain resort, Ang Tuburan sa Balanhigan. Also known as the Tuburan Spring Resort, the place offers good accommodations for visitors. Or if you want a little more adventure, you can unwind at the Kaitulari Resort where Mother Nature is at its best.

Did you know that Moises Padilla was named after a personality who was tortured and killed for political reasons by assassins? The late Ramon Magsaysay, the National Defense Secretary during the early fifties, declared him a martyr. Padilla was believed to be an ardent supporter of Magsaysay in every political arena after the war.

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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