Sinulog Sa Kabankalan: The Grand Celebration Of Southern Negros
Belle Piccio | Jan 19, 2017
The feast day of the Holy Child, also known as Santo Niño, is every third Sunday of January. The devotion to the Santo Niño is the oldest and a popular one in the Philippines. In honor of the Child Jesus, it has become a month-long celebration in the country.
If Cebu has Sinulog and Aklan has Ati-Atihan, the province of Negros Occidental has Sinulog sa Kabankalan!
The Sinulog is Kabankalan’s version of Ati-Atihan which is a tribal war dance of our ancestors. The festival is first staged in 1976 and it is the Negrense devotees’ thanksgiving to God for all the abundant blessings received through the years and years to come.
With the theme “Señor Santo Niño Masaligan nga tabang sang Kabankalan” (rough translation: Señor Santo Niño is the trusted help of Kabankalan) the Sinulog sa Kabankalan is already on its 41st year.
The festival’s main highlight is the Grand Tribal Competition held during the last day of the festivities on 15 January 2017.
The competing tribes came from the different barangays of Kabankalan City. The 8 Tribes are:
- Tribu Dhayting of Barangay Daan Banua
- Tribu Salongnon of Barangay Salong
- Tribu Lasang of Barangay Magballo
- Tribu Atiklan of Barangay Binicuil
- Tribu Tres of Barangay 3
- Tribu Camingawan of Barangay Camingawan
- Tribu Ompong of Barangay Tabugon
- Tribu Tapi of Barangay Tapi
Third runner-up is Tribu Ompong.
Second runner-up is Tribu Tres who was also awarded best in tribal banner and best in street dancing.
First runner-up is Tribu Atiklan.
And, the champion is Tribu Lasang who also won best in choreography and best in music.
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.