Pintaverde Festival: A Green and Environment-Friendly Celebration

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Dec 24, 2015

In the late 19th century, Ilog was the first capital of Negros Island and Siquijor. The municipality was called “Ilog” because of its river which is the longest in Negros Island.

Dancalan is just one of the Barangays of the Municipality of Ilog in Negros Occidental. Its annual town fiesta, Pintaverde, is celebrated every 8th of December together with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Pintaverde Festival file photo from Barangay Dancalan FB account

The Pintaverde Festival proudly showcases the several tribes of Brgy. Dancalan through various activities such as street dancing and different competitions. Performers wear brightly-colored costumes and dance to lively beat of the native drums.

Pintaflores Festival 2015 via ABS-CBN Bacolod

For this year, five tribes from different puroks joined the arena dance competition, which are: 

  • Tribu Lasang
  • Tribu Engkanto
  • Tribu Pintaflores
  • Tribu Filomena
  • Tribu Imago

Each tribe performed a number that honors Mother Nature and shows the importance of taking care of the environment. Pintaverde Festival emphasizes the importance of the environment.

Pintaverde Festival file photo from Barangay Dancalan FB account

.Activities include body painting contest, on-the-spot painting competition, dance showdown and Lin-ay sang Dancalan to name a few.

Pintaflores Festival 2015 via ABS-CBN Bacolod

One of the highlights of the festival is the palhitanay where merrymakers splatter green paint to everyone and anyone in the barangay. The color green represents the trees or dancal trees where the barangay got its name.

Pintaflores Festival 2015 via ABS-CBN Bacolod

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (PhP 2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of PhP 400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

Ilog is 103.7km away from Bacolod City. From Bacolod, you can take a bus plying to Ilog (about 2.5 hours) at the South Terminal or by private transportation (about 2 hours) through the main highway going south.

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