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Bicol Festivals

Bicol Festivals

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Pabirik Festival February 1-2 Paracale, Camarines Norte Held in the town of Paracale, the festival is highlighted by ⽠pabirik⽠street dancing, depicting the gold mining industry in the province. Office of the Mayor Paracale, Cam. Norte Bicol Arts Festival February 1-28 Legazpi City A week-long festival showcasing the region⽌s arts and culture, crafts and agro-industrial products coming from the six (6) provinces and three (3) cities of Bicol. It coincides with the celebration of the National Arts Month every February. Dr. Ramona B. Rañeses Dean, Graduate School Bicol University, Legazpi City Telefax: (052) 480-1454 Tinagba Festival February 11 Iriga City A tradition of the first harvest offering coinciding on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes. Derived from the early rituals of the ancient Bicolanos offering their harvest to their own gods as a form of thanksgiving and to seek favor for a more bountiful harvest throughout the year. A long parade of colorfully and grandiosely decorated bull and carabao carts, carrying newly harvested crops, ending with a mass before the Emerald Grotto at Calvary Hills. Here all the offerings are blessed, then distributed to indigent families. Ms. Marilyn Okuszko City Tourism Officer Tourism Dev⽌t. Office Iriga City Tel. No. (054) 655-1387 Fax: (054) 655-0330 1st Annual ⽠Harana: Karantahan nin Pagranga⽠(A Music Festival) February 14 San Jose, Camarines Sur The festival feature local talents and young artists in its effortsa to promote cultural awareness, tourism development and youth empowerment in the District of partido. Highlighted by the Bicol Love Song Choral Competition. Other activities are lined up to drumbeat the affair. Office of the Mayor San Jose, Camarines Sur Karanowan Fish-tival February 15

games and contests. beauty competition.: (056)333-2176/333-3012 ⽠Baybayon ⽦ A Festival of Advocacy⽠April 9-20 Bacacay. cowpunchibn⽌ affair. Masbate Rodeo Masbateño April 6-8 Masbate Hold on to your horses. apart from our local games like the good old carabao race. among others. Office of the Mayor Paracale. Derived from local dialect ⽠ranow⽠meaning lake. Office of the Mayor Bato. Mayor Carlos Estonilo Office of the Mayor Placer. Zafra Tourism Office Office of the Governor Masbate City Tel. while ⽠Palayag⽠is another boat race . Masbate A celebration of praise and thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest in farming or good catch in fishing expressed through various forms of activities like street dancing. Jose C. food fairs. Albay Senakulo Good Friday Paracale This is lenten presentation reenacting the Passion of Christ. dust-kickin⽌. caballeros. its rodeo time in Masbate once again! Feel the excitement as our local cowboys pit their brains against bovine brawn in western style rodeo events like bull riding and sterr wrestling. Camarines Sur Himag-ulaw Festival February 17 Placer. Camarines Norte Tel No. MR. Albay A boat race of outriggered sea crafts powdered manually. So put on them boots and saddle up ⽴ its gonna be a rope-slingin⽌.Bato. Lenten observance includes Visita Iglesias or altar visitations and processions. Camarines Sur Acelebration promoting the rich aquatic resources of Lake Bato. participants are clad in fish-like costumes depicting the different indigenous fish of Bato Lake while gracefully dancing to creatively choreographed movements in their gaily colored unique outfits fashioned from indigenous materials. (054) 449-1008 Kadagatan Festival Black Saturday Bacacay. No.

win big cash prizes and earn the honor of most skilled sailor. travel and tourism beyond Majestic Mount Mayon. It is a festival showing fertility and thanksgiving. Ms. Denise Silerio Prov⽌l. Nitz Pedragoza Donsol Visitors Center Donsol. street parade. trade. The festival is highlighted by a street parade. Visitors converge in Nato shoreline or Baybayon in local dialect where various activities are featured. sports fest. Ms. because Boa was taken from the young embryo of the coconut and thanksgiving for it was their only source of food after the ravage of floodwaters. Albay Tel. guided tours. (052) 487-2010 Partido Baybayon Festival April 26-28 Sagñay. No. Sur Tel. alinsangan. Sorsogon Boa-Boahan ⽠Alinsangan⽠Festival May 1 Nabua. photo/art exhibit. Mayor Eligio Berango Bacacay. its cultural heritage. No. Participants from the different parts of Albay merge in this small in this small progressive coastal town of Bacacay to join. No. The festival includes various activity such as beauty pageant. The grandiose spectacle is the show of colorful sails set against the backdrop of Albay Gulf puncture by the deep ultramarine color of the sea. Derived from the dialect.with sails. a word that describes the characteristics of the people living in the early settlements. showcasing Albay as it comes to age. Office of the Mayor Nabua.PTCAO Albay Astrodome Complex Legazpi City Tel. Tourism Officer Albay . Cam. Camarines Sur Magayon Festival May 1-31 Albay A festival in the merry month of May. Camarines Sur This festival showcases the different tourism areas in the district and launch the municipality of Sagñay as summer capital of Partido.: (054)452-3530 Butanding Festival April 28-30 Donsol. Camarines Sur A colorful cultural festival of pagan origin. Sorsogon A festival which ushers the ⽠Butanding⽠(whaleshark season) and a thanksgiving for the blessings that it give to the people of Donsol. (052) 480-4956/57 . Mayor Roberto Briones Sagñay. Fertility. etc. trade fair.

albay Tel. Domingo. Santo Cristo de Burgos. parade or display⽠. The festival is held in honor of its patron saint. Office of the Mayor San Jacinto. It showcases a variety of cultural and religious activities. Dalan on the other hand. Beauty Search. food and sports fest. (054) 721-4341 Fax: 440-2013 Black Nazarene Feast May 13 Capalonga. Norte Tel. dayaw is to present with pride what is distinctly and essentially inherent in a person. Office of the Mayor Sto. which is the object of veneration not only by the locals but by foreign devotees as well. Domingo. Masbate Palong Festival May 10-13 Capalonga. Mr. Camarines Norte Higlighted by a street dancing and agro industrial fair which expresses local folks⽌ gratitude for their town⽌s name etymology and signifies the abundant presence of rooster available in the locality. a mountain trail which now includes path. folksong fest. means in olden times. Abel Icatlo Provincial Tourism Officer Provincial Captiol Daet. Camarines Norte A two-day religious festivity in honor of the town⽌s Patron Saint. Mr. It is highlighted by a pligrimage where people come in thousands to give in their respect to the miraculous Patron Saint. Dayaw Dalan Festival symbolizes the best of what the municipality of San Jacinto have as a town and as a people. Cam. Norte Tel.Dayaw Dalan Festival May 1-3 San Jacinto.: (052) 487-1002 . Albay A fun-filled 8-day summer activity to immortalize the song Sarung Banggi and pay tribute to its composer Potenciano Gregorio. (054) 721-4341 Fax: 440-2013 Sarung Banggi Festival May 18-25 Sto. agro-industrial fair and many more. No. Masbate Dayaw is an old Tigaonon term which means ⽠to show off. Cam. street and highway. Ticao Island. In its strictest meaning. the Black Nazarene. Abel Icatlo Provincial Tourism Officer Provincial Captiol Daet. No. Held also in celebration of their Black Nazarene⽌s Feast Day on May 13. No.

(052) 820-3664/ 482-0712/Fax: 820-5066 .Catandungan ⽠Padayaw⽠Festival May 20-24 Virac. It⽌s highlight is a street presentation where participants⽌ showcases the legend of the City. Ms. No. Pili. Sorsogon A festival showcsing colorful costumes fashioned from the abaca fiber. It is highlighted by a grand street presentation wherein the participants are clad in colorful costumes using the abaca fibers. (054)477-3172 Fax: 473-0391 Padaraw Festival May 30 Bulan. Mariefe Nolasco Head. This is a street-dancing of delegation per town to the tune of Pantomina. The towns are encouraged to flaunt its own image by associating its delegations costume and dance to what the town is best known for. Rawis. Ms. Catanduanes Tel. meaning bolo. No. Sorsogon Tabak Festival June 16-21 Tabaco City Held in conjunction with the celebration of the City⽌s 1st Foundation Anniversary. beauty pageant. where the name of the City (Tabaco) was taken from. Catanduanes ⽠Padadyaw⽠is an old Catandunganon term which means to show one⽌s best with pride and dignity coupled with excitement. sports events. Cam. Ravanilla DOT-V. Ms. The festival features numerous activities such as cultural expositions. procession and Grand Parade. Carmel Bonifacio Office of the Governor Virac. Numerous other activities are lined up to drum beat the affair. (054) 811-1141-75 F: 811-1335 Kaogma Festival May 21-27 Camarines Sur A week-long celebration of the of the foundation anniversary of the Province of Camarines Sur. Legazpi City Tel. The festival derived its name from a local word ⽠Tabak⽠. No. PTCSO Provincial Capitol Cadlan. Lynda Asuncion Argaño Public Information Officer Municipality of Bulan Bulan. Maria O. Sur Tel. Dir.

James the Greater. Agnes Dycoco c/o Office of the Mayor Libon. This festival showcases the Pili. from green (young fruit) to violet (half-mature) to black (mature) nuts and how it is being processed into different kinds of sweets and delicacies. (052) 486-6101 Mercedes Fishtival August 6-11 Mercedes. Sorsogon or Mrs. a highlight of the festival. Office of the Mayor Sorsogon. fiesta celebration and the Balik-Gubat which is the highlight of the festival. The festival aims to revive the rich cultural heritage of the town and at the same time promote local tourism. is held in conjunction with the Libon Town Fiesta and the feast of its Patron Saint. Duran Tel. particularly Sorsogon. Cecilia H. The ⽠fishtival⽠is not only a week-long merry making but . Ms. (056) 211-1357 Ginubat Festival June 11-12 Gubat. Sorsogon A festival based on the roots of the town of which its name was derived. exhibits. Camarines Norte It is a fishermen⽌s holiday celebration. the primary purpose of which is to emphasize its importance and to increase the awareness of the public on its various economic uses. sailboat race. Albay Katalingkasan which means freedom and rebirth. One way of doing this is through a street dance presentation. Albay Office of the Mayor Polangui. No. No. Albay Tel. No. ()52) 486-1096 Fax: 212-6285 Pili Festival June 20-29 Sorsogon. Sorsogon Pili is an indigenous crop of Bicol region. The street dance presents the three (3) stages of Pili.⽠Oyange Kaugman Festival⽠June 20-29 Polangui. St. It features the following activities: cultural street parade. Sorsogon Katalingkasan Festival July 21-25 Libon. Office of the Mayor Gubat. beauty pageant. fishing expeditions and fish farming endeavors. Albay Tel. in which said festivity is dedicated as a time of annual thanksgiving for the blessings and bounty received from the Almighty during the seafaring.

Maria O. Various activities are lined up highlighted by a street presentation. devewlopment and progress of the municipality. Albay Tel. (054) 440-1011 ⽠Pagsuwak Festival⽠August 12-17 Guinobatan. which is held to coincide with the town fiesta signifies act of thanksgiving for the bounties from the land. Albay Every 3rd Saturday of August. carrying the pilgrims and devotees to the shores and village at Sogod where a concelebrated mass is held again. the festival⽌s main feature is the municipalities pottery industry which is done with skills passed from parents to children and perfected through long years of practice without the benfit of written manuals. (052) 488-5975 F: 488-5051 Pilgrimage to Joroan 3rd Saturday of August Joroan. No. Tiwi. Camarines Norte Tel. The image is carried by the menfolks down to the beach where a large and well-decorated trawl boat is docked. It is highlighted by a maritime procession after a mass at Joroan Church. No. Thus. magnificent shorelines and other aquatic potentials and the wise utilization and preservation of ecological balance for the attainment of environmental dignity and beauty. Office of the Mayor Tiwi.: (052) 838-0211 Coron Festival August 15-17 Tiwi. Patroness of albay. Mrs. Albay ⽠Coron⽠is a Bicol dialect meaning clay-pot or potteries of which the town of Tiwi is popularly known for. thus. Nos. Highlight of the festival is a Street Presentation. ⽠pagsuwak⽠is a sign of growth. Office of the Mayor Mercedes. An entourage of similarly decorated pumpboats follow. Albay Tel. Art Osia Office of the Mayor Guinoabatan. The festival. (052) 482-0712 820-3664 Fax: (052) 820-5066 . Ravanilla Regional Director DOT-Region V Rawis. Mr. Legazpi City Tel. therefore. No. Albay Derived from a local word su⽌wak meaning the process of flowering or blossoming.also a moment of retrospect and recognition of Mother Nature for having endowed Mercedes with a gift of vast fishery resources. thousands of devotees flocked to this coastal town in Albay to pay homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Salvation.

The festivity begins on the second Friday of September when the Image of the Virgin of Peñafrancia is carried by hundreds of male devotees from her shrine to Naga Cathedral. Its highlight is the Himoloan street presentation and the Carrosa Contest wherein it is participated by the different barangay and is also open to other barangays of other nearby towns to gather and bring the carrosa/andas of their patron decorated with their produce as well as native materials found within their reach. Patroness of the Bicol Region. Amelita P. Albay Tel: (052) 824-3172/3161 Voyadores Festival 3rd Friday of September Naga City Borne on the shoulders of her male devotees. Thus. (054) 473-2240 Fax: (054) 811-1286 Himoloan Festival September 28-29 Oas. Eugene Sangil Mun. (052) 485-6022 . Albay This festival commemorates the Patronal Feast of St. it is the time of the year when the faithful honor their patron. Various colorful activities are lined up for this celebration. Office of the Mayor Oas. Main highlight is the fluvial procession along the Naga River. It aims to showcase the cultural life of Daragueños. Albay A historical and religious celebration in honor of the town⽌s patron saint. 106 Jacob St. DIBA Found. No. (054) 473-9949 Peñafrancia Festival 3rd Saturday of September Naga City A religious festival honoring the feast day of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. No. Himoloan literally means pag-atang or tinagba (offering). Saenz Chairman. Albay Tel. No. Michael on the Feast of the Archangels by offering to him not only material goods but the ⽠talents⽠that God bestowed upon all as well. Naga City Tel. It is named after the male devotees (voyadores) who accompany and carry the Virgin⽌s image in a procession called Traslacion for a Novena at the Metropolitan Cathedral Ms. and her voyage back in a fluvial procession along the Bicol River. Our Lady of the Gate.Daragang Magayon Festival August 26-September 8 Daraga. St. Information officer Daraga.. Office of the Mayor Naga City Tel. Mr. Michael the Archangel.

combined with song and dances. guided tour. beauty pageant. beauty pageant and other colorful competitions. (056) 211-1398 Fax: (056) 211-2121 Catandungan Festival October 22-24 Virac. The name was the early nomenclature of Bicol region. NGOs and other civic organizations. among others. etc. Various activities include: Mardi Gras. beauty pageant. (052) 811-1571/811-1690 . to continuously remind the people of Catanduanes of the province⽌s independence from the province of Albay. Baltog and Bantong among others. art exhibit. Michael the Archangel. The highlight is the ⽠Pantomina sa Tinampo⽠participated in by LGUs. cultural show. Catanduanes Tel. (052) 820-3679 Kasanggayahan Festival October 15-25 Sorsogon. Office of the Governor Sorsogon. Ms. Main features of the festival are: street dance Pantomina. Sorsogon This festival was derived from the dialect which means ⽠prosperity and happiness⽠. which depicts the victory of the Archangels over the Black Angel. Other activities include trade fair. Office of the Mayor Irosin. sports fest. It is a joyous celebration held primarily to commemorate the Foundation Anniversary of Sorsogon since its establishment as a separate province from Albay. The festival traces the struggles of the people of Irosin at various stages of its history and aims to renew the enthusiasm and faith among people for sustained involvement in community building. Ma. agro-trade fair. agro-trade fair. St. Catanduanes A celebration of the province⽌s anniversary and tribute to its founders. food festival. schools. Sabio Acting City Tourism Officer Legazpi City Tel. Aissa N. The festival is highlighted by a street presentation where masks of heroes and villains are paraded on mainstreets.Hin-Ay Festival September 28-29 Irosin. and at the same time a rediscovery of the town⽌s cultural heritage. guided tours. Nos. No. It showcases many superheroes such as Handiong. Sorsogon Tel. sports fest such as the triathlon. No. Sorsogon Ibalong Festival October Legazpi City A festival depicting Bicol⽌s early beginning as portrayed by the characters in the epic entitled ⽴ IBALONG. art/photo exhibits. Sorsogon This festival is a commemoration of the feast day of the town⽌s Patron Saint. Office of the Governor Virac.

Maria O. agro-industrial fair. civic parade. (0-52) 482-0712 Fax: 820-5066 Kamundagan Festival December 1-31 Naga City In the month of December. expand business and provide livelihood opportunities by showcasing various activities. here they are clad in colorful costumes with the traditional arc and â½ musikerosâ½ as they sing and dance to the tune of â½ Pastores a Belen. The festivity seeks to boost tourism. Naga City opens its door for a whole month in celebrating its charter anniversary and the Birth of Christ with the cooperative efforts of Camarines Sur and Naga City. cultural shows and other colorful events. the highlights of which are the â½ kiri-kitiâ½ . â½ pastorasâ½ .â½ Mrs. No. Locally known as â½ pastoresâ½ . beauty search. No.Pastores Bicol December 18 Legazpi City An interpretative folk festival related to the celebration of Christmas tradition. (054) 473-2240 Fax: (054) 811-1286 . It reenacts the rejoicing shepherds who sang the first Christmas Carol during the birth of Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Office of the Mayor Tel. Ravanilla Regional Director DOT-Region V Legazpi City Tel.

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