Shout "Kruuuuhayyyy!" in This Bombastic Festival: Binirayan
Belle Piccio | Nov 27, 2014
The Binirayan Festival is an annual celebration in the province of Antique (pronounced as “An–tee–keh”). It commemorates the colorful heritage of the Malays and the Ati -- the roots of the Antiqueños -- showcasing the province's rich culture.
The event depicts the barter trade of Panay Island between the mythical 10 Bornean Datus and the Ati natives, wherein the latter traded their lowlands for golden necklaces and “sadok” (a kind of hat) before resettling in the mountains.
"Binirayan" comes from the word “biray,” which refers to the colorful boats used by the Bornean datus in fleeing the cruel sultan of Borneo.
For the schedule, click the link below:
For inquiries, contact Binirayan Foundation, Inc., at (036) 540-7343 or the Tourism Office at (036) 540-9765.
(All photos are taken from Binirayan Festival 2011 FB page, otherwise indicated.)
How to Get There
Antique is accessible from major cities of the country through Iloilo City from where buses leave for San Jose, the province's capital town. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). From Iloilo Airport, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination.