Get a Taste of Marang This Weekend in Negros Island
Belle Piccio | Oct 22, 2018
The 3rd Marang Festival in Sagay City, Negros Occidental is set this weekend on October 21-22, 2018.
With the theme: “Marang Padamoon kag Tatapon para sa mas Matam-is na Palaaboton” roughly translated to “to manage and increase the production of marang for a sweeter future.”
Schedule of Activities
October 21, 2018
- 04:00 AM - Zumba sa Plaza
- 05:00 AM - Unang Tikang: Lakat kag Dalagan Para sa Dunang Manggad
- 07:00 AM - Opening Parade
- 07:30 AM - Tabangay-Buligay!: Community Unity Clean-up
- 08:00 AM - Thanksgiving Mass (by ALAPH Divine Temple)
- 10:00 AM - ASTIG! Talent and Variety Showdown (Audition & Elimination)
- 01:00 PM - SK Laro ng Lahi
- 02:00 PM - Basketball League Semi-Finals
- 06:00 PM - Mr & Ms Marang Festival 2018 Talent Night
- 09:00 PM - Disco
October 22, 2018
- 05:00 AM - Zumba Sa Plaza
- 07:00 AM - Motorcross Parade (Sagay City to Colonia Divina)
- 09:00 AM - Salubong & Opening Of Marang Village
- 10:00 AM - First Marang Festival Salubong Dance
- 11:00 AM - Unlimited Marang
- 01:00 PM - ASTIG! Talent and Variety Showdown (Finals)
- 02:00 PM - Basketball League Championship
- 05:00 PM - Mr & Ms Marang Festival 2018 Pageant Night
- 09:00 PM - Disco
For those who are not familiar with marang, the tree is native to Borneo and the Philippines. It is also cultivated in other Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand for its fruit. Scientific name Artocarpus odoratissimus, “marang” is very much related to breadfruit and jackfruit trees.
In Brgy. Colonia Divina of Sagay City, Negros Occidental the fruit is made the center of attraction. Now on its 3rd-year celebration, it will have its first Marang Festival Salubong Dance.
The town’s bountiful harvest of marang, the fruit is not only sold as it is but it is also turned into different delicious products such as ice cream, bread, candies, and anything else edible you can imagine.
For more information, contact the Sagay City Tourism Office at (034) 488-0649, 488-0649 or 435-8571.
(Image by Barangay Colonia Divina unless otherwise stated.)
How to Get There
Sagay is at the northernmost tip of Negros. It's approximately 82 kilometers northeast of Bacolod City (2-hour drive), the provincial capital of Negros Occidental.
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php3500++, 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 at the nearest bus station for Bacolod-Sagay.
Or you can also go to Bacolod via ferry (estimated cost of Php2700++ with meal, round trip, 20-22 hours) from Manila. From the port, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at the north terminal bus station for Bacolod-Sagay. Going to Sagay City, buses and vans for hire regularly ply the northbound route of the Negros highway. Sagay is approximately a two-hour drive by private car from Bacolod city.