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It's A Festive February In Negros Occidental With These 7 Must-See Events!

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Feb 03, 2017
It's A Festive February In Negros Occidental With These 7 Must-See Events!

Negros Occidental is just half of the twin provinces in the Negros Island Region. It occupies the northwestern portion of the island where its capital city is Bacolod.

Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Building via en.wikipedia.org under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

The province is bounded by the Visayan Sea in the north, Panay Gulf on the west, Sulu Sea on the south, and both the Tañon Strait and Negros Oriental province on the east.

If you’re planning to visit the “Sugar Bowl of the Philippines” this February, here are the best dates to come. Get to know and immerse with the Negrenses through their fun festivals!

February 9

Bulang-bulang Festival (San Enrique)

Negros Island is not only known as the major supplier of sugar, producing more than half the country’s supply, it is also known for its fighting cocks or roosters. The festival gives recognition to the game fowl industry. It is the main source of livelihood in the municipality of San Enrique. The “bulang-bulang” illustrates the nature and life of fighting cocks through dance performances.

Kali-kalihan Harvest Festival (Don Salvador Benedicto/DSB)

Kali-kalihan Festival; photo by Arthur Ang | Camera Club of Negros (CCN)

The festival illustrates the diverse traditional and cultural heritage of Negrenses through the different activities such as the highly-anticipated street dance parades, pageants and presentations. The annual harvest festival is celebrated every second week of February in the municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto. It has adopted the art of “kali” as their cultural heritage—the martial art is also known as “escrima” or “arnis.” Since way back in the early 7th century, “kali” has been the traditional martial arts of Filipinos.

February 11

Dinagyaw sa Tablas (Candoni)

Also known as “Pabalhas sa Tablas,” the festival’s concept originated from the history of the municipality of Candoni. The story is about a group of settlers that decided to look for a land that can freely call as their own. These settlers are believed to be composed of Hinigaranon, Ilonggo, Isabeleños and etc.

Salapan Festival (Pulupandan)

The name of the festival came from the combination of 2 words: (1) salap and (2) pandan. “Salap” is the native word for “fishnet” and ‘pan’ from the word “pandan” is the origin of the town “Pulo sang Pandan.” It is also believed that the word ‘pan’ comes from the word “pantalan” which is the local word for “port.” Fishing is one of the major sources of livelihood of the municipality of Pulupandan. The festival offers different activities such as fishing tournaments, live bands, agro trade fair, regatta, search for the festival queen and the street dancing competition.

Pasidungog Festival (Talisay City)

The festival is the Charter Day thanksgiving festival celebration of Talisay City. It is packed with different activities for 3-days that showcase the skills and artistry of Talisaynons. The festival highlights is the a beauty and talent search known as the Pasidungog Queen Pageant.

February 19

Babaylan Festival (Bago City)

Babaylan Festival file photo by Sir Billy Lopue | Camera Club of Negros (CCN)

The festival is celebrated together with Bago City’s charter anniversary. It is based on and showcases the Babaylans rituals like healing, marriage and baptism and believed to get their healing powers from unseen spirits.

February 28

Pasundayag Festival (Valladolid)

The festival is Negrenses, specifically the residents of Valladolid, thanksgiving celebration for the good harvest received for the year enjoyed by fisher folks and farmers. The festival is also in honor of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, the town’s patroness.

For more information, contact the Negros Occidental Tourism Division at (034) 433-2515.


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 a cab and ask to be dropped off to your destination.

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