Sinulog sa Kabakankalan 2016: The Convergence of Festivals in Negros Island
, Negros Occidental,
Belle Piccio | Jan 28, 2016
Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental is located in the central portion of the southern Negros Island. Every year, it celebrates its town fiesta with revelers garbed in distinctively colorful costumes and others with bare bodies painted in black soot. The festival is known as Sinulog sa Kabankalan.
The Sinulog sa Kabankalan is celebrated every third week of January. The festival is in honor of the Señor Santo Niño just like the Kalibo Ati-atihan in Aklan, Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo.
Initially staged in 1976 as a festival, the Sinulog sa Kabankalan has grown to become one of the major festivals not only in Negros Occidental but in the whole of Western Visayas. As a top tourist attraction particularly among locals from neighboring areas, the festival celebration has managed to retain its authenticity and grassroots appeal. Visitors who come to share in the revelry experience the genuine community spirit of the Kabankalanons.
One of the main highlights of activities is the Grand Tribal Dance Competition where participants from the different barangays of Kabankalan dance to the riotous and frenzied beats of drums. Now on its 40th year, it added an open category to the Grand Tribal Dance Competition in preparation of the Philippines’ newest region, Region 18 or Negros Island Region (NIR).
Sinulog sa Kabankalan has managed to gather 6 participating towns from Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental for the Grand Tribal Dance Competition – Open Category:
Dinagsa Festival of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
Langub Festival of Mabinay Municipality, Negros Oriental
MassKara Festival of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
Sandurot Festival of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Yagyag Festival of Sibulan Municipality, Negros Oriental
The Yagyag Festival of Sibulan Municipality won the Tribal Dance Competition – Open Category.
Sinulog sa Kabankalan should be on your list for your January Must-Visit Festivals in Negros Island.
Kabankalan City is a vibrant, first-class city with the second largest population in the province of Negros Occidental. Considered the heart of Negros Island, it is 90-km away from Bacolod City in Negros Occidental and 100-km from Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.
Viva Señor Santo Niño!
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or hail a cab and ask to be taken to the Bacolod South Bus Terminal.
From Bacolod, ride a bus at the city's south terminal (estimated cost is Php90++, one way). Kabankalan City is strategically located in the southern part of the Negros Occidental province. It is 92.6 kilometers away and a 2-hour drive south of Bacolod City.
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