4 Visayan Festival in November: From Flower Festival to the First Bloodless Revolution

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Belle Piccio | Oct 28, 2015

They say to know and learn firsthand the culture of the place, it is best that you immerse yourself with its people and the community. One will not run out of activities to attend to as various festivals are celebrated all over the archipelago almost every month. Here’s a list of festivals in the central islands of the country for the month of November.


1) Kabkaban Festival of Carcar City, Cebu

Kabkaban Festival

Celebrated either Saturday or Sunday before the town fiesta, Kabkaban Festival is not just a religious event, but it's a showcase of the town’s history, arts and culture. The festival honors the town’s patroness, St. Catherine of Alexandria. Kabkaban Festival is derived from a kind of fern called “kabkab” which is also the town’s old name. One of the highlights of the festival is the street parade and street dancing competition where performers wear vibrant colored flowery costumes.

November 3-5:

2) Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

Pintaflores Festival; photo by Enrico Dee | byahilo.com

Pintaflores is the flower festival of Negros Island. The name of the festival was derived from 2 words: “pinta” which is “paint” in the local dialect and “flores” which means flowers in Spanish.

The highlight of the festival starts on November 3 and concludes on November 5. The festival commemorates the practice of dancing just like the “pintados” in welcoming guests and visitors when the Spaniards came in the Visayas Region. But, instead of putting on tattoos on their bodies, flowers were painted on their skin and outfits. To highlight the body painting ritual during the festival, different contests that provide expression through the arts are organized by San Carlos City.

READ: Pintaflores Festival and the Tale of Princess Nabingka

November 5

3) Cinco de Noviembre of Negros Occidental

Al Cinco de Noviembre; photo from republicanegrense.com

Cinco de Noviembre or also called as Negros Day is the commemoration of Negros Occidental during the time Negrenses attained liberation from the Spaniards. This event in history which happened in November 5, 1898 is believed to be the first bloodless revolution in the country.

READ: Cinco de Noviembre

Second Week of November

4) Sandurot Festival of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental

Sandurot Festival

The festival is held at the scenic and seaside Rizal Boulevard. It reenacts how the natives welcome their foreign visitors with dance and songs. The name of the festival is derived from the Visayan term “pakig-sandurot” which means Dumagueteños offering and enjoyment of hospitality. The street dancing competition is the main event of the festival.

READ: Everyone's Your Friend at Dumaguete's Sandurot Festival!

Don’t forget to bring pasalubong for your friends and love ones.

READ:  The Pasalubong Map: Visayas

(Photos from Department of Tourism unless otherwise stated.)

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