Along a narrow river, several bamboo rafts rendezvoused in an orderly fashion. One raft after another crossed the river. A few blocks away, on a bridge's platform, hundreds and hundreds of spectators watched as the rafts disembarked at the adjacent dam.
It has been 12 years since the island of Guimaras was proclaimed an independent province. Every year, Guimarasnons express their colorful way of life through a festival called Manggahan Festival sg Guimaras. The island is not only known locally and nationally for its fresh and bountiful harvest of mangoes, but also for the artistry of its people.
Dinagyang, oh Dinagyang! The Ilonggo's spirit of revelry and eternal devotion to the Senior Sto. Niño fueled by the invigorating drumbeats and panoramic kaleidoscope of motions, colors and enchantment .
In the wake of modernization and technological breakthrough in the world today, an age-old cultural heritage that mirrors the vast wealth of the past is deeply carved in the gentle hearts of the “ Calinognons ” as depicted in their annual celebration of Hirinugyaw Festival.
The wealth of Lambunao's cultural and religious essence cannot only be traced on its wonderful church, plaza and famous attractions such as the “ Tinagong dagat ”, the Bukidnons and their “ Binukot ” women but through its legendary “ Binanog ” dance that was artistically transformed into a major festivity of the town every first week of January.
The Miag-aoanons are known in the region as among the bravest people in the local history. Further, this humble town kept an age-old weaving wealth that has left unfading marks of relevance in the hearts of the Ilonggos . Its world-renowned age-old church which is included in the Unesco's World Heritage List add glitter and significance to the town's greatness.
Tultugan Festival will feature competition of tribes and street dancing with participants wearing native costumes made of bamboo as dominant material and dancing to the live beats of bamboo instruments.
Binirayan is Antique's annual festival. Literally means, “where they landed”, recalls the story of the ten Bornean datus led by Datu Puti and Datu Sumakwel who fled from the oppressive rule of Sultan Makatunaw and their subsequent settlement in Panay in the early 15 th century.
Pavia 's fiesta celebration is held every May and is highlighted by its world-famed Carabao-Carroza Festival celebrated annually. This 31-year old festival displays the Pavianhon's ingenuity as a people.
Old records have revealed that Katagman was the original name of Barangay San Antonio before the coming of the Spaniards. It was in San Antonio where the civilization in this part of the country started.
Masskara is a cardinal symbol that depicts the many faces of life and the challenges it brings. It is a festival of thanksgiving for the bounty showered upon the Negrenses during the season of harvest. Animated street dancing highlights the celebration flocked in by thousands of spectators from all over the country.