NEGROS ORIENTAL | Year Round Fiestas

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Negros Oriental Year Round Fiesta Calendar

Fiestas celebrate harvests, births, and victories, as well as religious events.


The Philippines is a country of fiestas, Negros Oriental is a proivince full or year round fiestas. We have 24 fiestas each dedicated to their respective patron saints, and topping it off is the BUGLASAN FESTIVAL the fiesta of the entire province, usually taking place in the 2nd week of October.

NEGROS ORIENTAL | Festival Guide

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Hudyaka sa Bais BAIS CITY September 30

Spectacular Mardi gras parade and plaza revelry to highlight the fiesta of San Nicolas de Tolentino, patron of the city which cradled the province's sugar industry.


Kasadya-an Festival DUMAGUETE CITY December 3rd Week

Cultural pageants, student frolics, mardi gras parade; Negros Oriental's oldest uninterrupted annual festival. The Province's oldest continuing festival, established by FU founder Dr Vicente G Sinco in 1949 as a concluding campus Christmas celebration. Began as a torch parade in costume, with mardi gras as motif.


Grew into the longest parade to pass through Dumaguete thoroughfares, with eclectic motifs and spectacular costumes. The festival's other components include booth presentations, grand production numbers in the Frolics competition, and a beauty pageant.


Kasulad Festival PAMPLONA October 11

Derived from kawit, sugong and salad, the tools used for harvesting the coconuts and cutting the bugang in olden times, the latter being the tall reeds that once covered the island and gave it its old name, Buglas. Streetdancing and showdown competitions.


Libod Sayaw Festival BINDOY Last Weekend of April

Libod means "to make the rounds" while sayaw is vernacular for dance. Libod Sayaw refers to the street dancing around the town center, an original moving pageantry with choreography based on Philippine folk dances. The pristine beauty of the shallow Mantalip Reef is now the subject of the libod-sayaw, a mardi gras celebration during the feast of the town patron saint Vincent Ferrer.


Pasayaw Festival CANLAON CITY March 9

Streetdancing and showdown in honor of the patron, St Joseph the Worker. Presentation is highly-influenced by the MassKara Festival of Bacolod, where a common recorded music, usually a samba, is used by all contingents.Past Pasayaw Festivals used vegetables and other crops, by way of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvests that make Canlaon City the vegetable bowl of the Province.


Pinaskuhan Festival DUMAGUETE CITY December 1st Week

Grand finals of province wide sayawit competitions showcasing indigenous dances and music, folklore, and local Christmas customs, produced annually by the Negros Oriental Culture and Arts Council.


Sakobhan Festival STA. CATALINA April 24

Streetdancing and showdown competitions, derived from "sakob" or sheath for the bolo used in the "katubhan" or sugar cane fields. The festival revolves around the town's sugar industry and its patron, Santa Catalina de Alejandria. Held usually every April 24 as a fiesta highlight.


Sandurot Festival DUMAGUETE CITY November 2nd Week

Derived from the Visayan term for the cordial custom of offering and enjoying hospitability, Sandurot celebrates the captivating quality of Dumaguete. The festival is an elaborate welcome for the different cultures drawn to the shores of the city. It begins on the Dumaguete beachfront with contingents representing the various cultural strains arriving in decorated seacraft.


A beachfront ceremony welcomes decorated seacraft from which disembark costumed contingents representing these migrations. Streetdancing follows, concluding with a showdown, with the contingents in their respective regional or national costumes choreographed accordingly.Now a symbolic gesture of inviting the world to the city of gentle people. Performed close to fiesta day November 25.


Santacruzan Festival DUMAGUETE CITY May 3rd Week

A movable event, featuring mainly local beauties escorted by film stars. Street dancing and showdown presentations play on the attributes of Our Lady, such as Reina de las Flores, though other traditional Santacruzan characters are not employed.


Tawo-Tawo Festival BAYAWAN CITY December 23

Began as a post-harvest celebration by workers in an hacienda, recognizing the scarecrow as traditional sentinels of the town's rice fields and, therefore, guardians of the town's future.Features giant papier mache scarecrows (tawo-tawo in the vernacular) and streetdancers costumed as denizens of the rice fields, i.e., carabaos and maya birds.


Recent showdowns included a brief dramatization of the legend surrounding the town's place name, where a fierce native slays the priest at the height of the Mass, during the elevation, or bayaw.Moved from its original February date when Bayawan's city charter was signed on December 23, 2000.


Yag-yag Festival Sibulan Last Sunday of April

Yagyag is the vernacular for spawning, to lay eggs or spread, propagate and grow. The process refers in particular to the crabs and other marine creatures, which gather during the months of October to December in Sapa, one of the springs, found in Barangay Cangmating of Sibulan.


The creatures lay and float their eggs during high tide, to mature in the swamps. In the coming months, people from the neighboring barrios from Agan-an to Maningcao would come in groups for nature's marine bounty, which are harvested for food and as materials for crafts. This is also an occasion for trading and barter, and celebration.


The festival is showcase of local arts and culture, fashion, and unity. It features Madri gras-type street dancing and related events. Held last Sunday of April.


Ayuquitan Festival BASAY May 7

Streetdancing and showdown competitions dramatizing the old name of San Jose town (Ayuquitan) which is derived from the vernacular "inukitan" or the chaff and hulls of fruits after birds have picked at the crops.


Highlights the feast of patron St Joseph. Streetdancing and showdown competitions. Main feature is the re-telling of the origin of the town's place name. It is said that in olden times, Spanish colonials came to the town and encountered a native beside a pile of husks, the( "inukitan" ) or left-overs of fruits and grain after birds have pecked the meat. The Spanish visitors asked for the name of the place.


The native, not understanding a word but assuming it to be a question about the husks, told them what it was. The Spanish eventually came to refer to the area as "Ayuquitan," the old name of San Jose.


Budyas Festival TANDAYAG,AMLAN November 29

The budyas, a traditional ritual on the waterfront, where offerings are made to the spirits to involve good fortune on the fishermen and their fishing implements. The image of the town patron, St Andrew the Apostle, is then brought out of the Tandayag south chapel and transported, by elaborately decorated boats filled with devotees and a band, to the Tandayag north chapel where a Mass of thanksgiving is celebrated. Streetdancing to the town plaza follows.


The coastal Barangay of Tandayag has two chapels, one in Tandayag Norte and another in Tandayag Sur. The budyas is a ritual blessing of the fishermen and their fishing gear on the beach in front of the south chapel, after which the images of the two patrons of Amlan, Saints Peter and Paul, are transported to the northern chapel in a fluvial procession of elaborately decorated sea craft. Street dancing follows, with the contingents in fish folk motif. A feature of the town's November 30 fiesta.


Buglasan Festival DUMAGUETE CITY October 2nd week

The Buglasan Festival is Negros Oriental's movable provincial fiesta, participated in by the Province's five component Cities and 20 municipalities.


Gapnod Festival SIBULAN June 12

Legend has it that the image of San Antonio de Padua was washed ashore in Sibulan by the waves, gapnod, where it was adopted as the town's patron saint. Every June 12 the saint is celebrated by a fluvial procession of gaily-decorated boats.




Decorated watercraft ferry devotees and their venerated saints along the length of Sibulan Bay and to the parish church, hub of the June 13 fiesta; the church enshrines St. Anthony, who arrests hundreds of supplicants every 13th day of the month from all over the province.

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