Kali-Kalihan: Celebrating The National Martial Arts Of Filipinos

Negros Occidental

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Feb 08, 2017
Kali-Kalihan: Celebrating The National Martial Arts Of Filipinos

The Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto (DSB) is celebrating its 34th Founding Anniversary and 27th Kali-kalihan Harvest Festival on February 3-9, 2017.

DSB is known as the “Summer Capital of Negros Occidental” or the “Little Baguio of Negros” because of its cool temperature that ranges from 16 to 27 degrees Celsius and the long strip of pine trees. December to February is the coldest months of the municipality.

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

The Kali-kalihan Harvest Festival illustrates the diverse traditional and cultural heritage of Negrenses through the different activities such as street dance parades, pageants and presentations. It has adopted the art of “kali” as their cultural heritage and is also known as “escrima” or “arnis.” Since way back 7th century, “kali” has been the traditional martial arts of Filipinos.

Diwata sang Kali 2017 candidates; photo from Don Salvador Benedicto FB page

The annual harvest festival is celebrated every second week of February in the municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto.

Parade of Lechon in Kali-kali costume 2017; photo from Don Salvador Benedicto FB page

For more info about the Kali-kalihan Festival, contact the Office of the City Mayor at (034) 473-0188.

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 asked to be taken to the Bacolod North Bus Terminal.

Don Salvador Benedicto is approximately an hour’s drive from Bacolod City by public utility vehicles and about 45 minutes by private car.

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