- Tagbilaran City, Philippines
In a country of endless festivities with religious and cultural significance, Bohol has several festivals and community events that are must-see for tourists.
The Sandugo Festival is a spectacular month-long celebration featuring cultural and historical presentations, agro industrial fairs, pageants and other variety shows. The highlight of the festival is the street dancing competition where contingents show off their ingenuity and creative movements. The Sandugo which means “ONE BLOOD” is a commemoration of the historic Blood Compact.
The Ubifest in January celebrates the harvest of the purple yam, known as “Ube” with a display ube varieties and search for best food items utilizing ube. Bolibongkingking Festival is a music and dance festival of folkloric tradition from the town of Loboc. The event takes its name from the sounds and rhythm of local drums known as “gimbaw”.
With lavish preparation in food and entertainment, each town in Bohol marks an annual fiesta. Town-based festivals; such as the Pahinungod festival in Calape, the Sidlakasilak Festival in Loon, the Sinu-og Estokada Festival in Jagna, and the Sambat Maskara y Regatta in Loay; are also being held in time for the fiesta celebration.
Other Festivals in Bohol:
SUROY SA MUSIKERO
This is revelry where the Loboc town musicians cover daily the assigned areas to partake the food serve by the host and to play music to the tune of Kuradang, Dalaga sa Baybayon, etc. This is also the period where carolers render Christmas songs to the families of the host area. It is celebrated every December 25 to February 2 at the town of Loboc.
SAMBAT MASCARA Y REGATTA FESTIVAL
Celebrated every 1st Saturday of December. The festival is celebrated in honor of Loay town’s second Patron Saint, St. Francis Xavier. Colorful activities are lined up, like agro-industrial fair, group masked street dancing, drum and bugle competition, boat racing along the river and many more. The event is highlighted by a fluvial parade of the Image along the river.
Celebrated every 27th of May of the town of Garcia-Hernandez. Sinugbu-an is a term closely related to the Cebuano word Sugbo, meaning to wallow. The use of vernacular past tense Sinugbu denotes an event of historical import. The festival highlights the town’s annual commemoration of her foundation day. Activities include agro-industrial fair, recognition program for achievers, various games and a street dancing competition where the story line focuses on the creation and establishment of Garcia- Hernandez.
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