67th Charter Day Parade and Sandurot 2015

  
The celebration kick started at Rizal Boulevard with the annual “Paghimamat” presentation led by different local artists. The presentation focused on the cities origin and how it got its name.

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The event was joined by the delegates from Yeongdong-gun of South Korea and Alameda, California who are both Dunaguete sister cities. Different contingents from baranggays and LGU’s in Dumaguete City paraded the city streets for its Annual Charter Day and Sandurot Festival.

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Since 2013, Sandurot Festival participants shifted from barangay to school-based. This year’s participants are  Asian College Dumaguete (ACSAT), Dumaguete City High School (DCHS), Piapi High School, Negros Oriental HS, and St. Paul University-Dumaguete. Sandurot Festival is divided into two parts: the “Pasigarbo” or street dancing which starts at the Rizal Boulevard and the “Pasundayag”, or grand festival showdown at the Quezon Park.St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) won this year’s Sandurot Street Dance Competition while Dumaguete City High School (DCHS) won the Sandurot Stage Showdown.

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Sandurot, which means “fellowship and reaching out” is an annual celebration depicting friendship & unity of the different regional and foreign influences which compose the residents of Dumaguete, known as the City of Gentle People.

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This year, November 24 marked the city’s 67th Charter Day and is celebrated together with the Sandurot Festival.

See more of the event photos here

 

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Miss Dumaguete 2015 Coronation Night

It was an enchanting night started with an Ariana Grande production where the ten candidates wore a leopard body suit. Together with Dumaguete’s pride Prime Machine, the ten lovely candidates had their production number with a hit from Ariana Grande’s My everything album entitled Problem. Each candidate fearlessly introduced themselves making their own spots to the judges and to all of their supporters. The shoes they used all throughout the pageant were sponsored by SHANDAR designed by a Cebu designer, Mark Anthony Tenchavez.

What makes the event more prestigious is that it was graced by our sister cities from Yeongdon and Alameda. Delegates from these two cities were able to witness a night of ten stunning ladies vying for the prestigious title as Miss Dumaguete 2015.

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Every candidate made sure to showcase their true beauty, distinct personality and talent to showcase to the people how confident and glamorous Dumagueteñas are. The event was  hosted by Jonathan Cimafranca and Blinky de Leon both from Mag-TV na Cebu.

Event hosts Jonathan Cimafranca and Blinky de Leon both from Mag-TV na Cebu

The girls likewise showcased their Victoria Secret inspired swimwear carrying each candidate with pink wings. With one of the most popular hits by OMI- Hula hoop, all the ten captivating ladies exhibit their curves while having a cat walk on stage in their swimsuit attire.

Victoria’s Secret inspired swimwear with their pink wings

As stated in our previous blog (Read here), one thing different for this year’s Miss Dumaguete is that the candidates evening gowns were sponsored by the top designers in the Philippines, coming from Cebu. All the lovely ladies wore gowns in shades of blue. They also flaunt their majestic gowns during their evening gown category.

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The 10 lovely ladies in their stunning evening gowns

 

After passing through a preliminary interview, the candidates were trimmed down from ten to five. The five lovely ladies who were able to beg the chance to bring home the crown were candidate numbers 10 -Marie Caroline Primicias, number 6- Honelyn Bato, number 3- Mavelle Tano, number 1- Sharon Fuschs and number 9-Karen Bustos. During the Final Interview, each candidate was given spare time to answer one similar question.

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Chitchat with the 10 lovely candidates before choosing the Top 5

After which, the judges will determine who should deserve to be crowned as the new Queen based on the criteria set. Panel of judges contains local designers, pageant experts and celebrities such as Miss Cory Quirino, John Spainhour and Mark Anthony Tenchavez to name a few.

Celebrity Judge Miss Cory Quirino

The entire venue is completely supported by families and supporters of all candidates who showed their console from the beginning until the event ended. The night was concealed with spectacular led lights took off all over the venue thus made the place more majestic.

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Miss Dumaguete 2015 – Karen Mae Pialago Bustos

Nineteen year old Silliman University Mass Communication Major in Broadcasting student Karen Mae Pialago Bustos was hailed Miss Dumaguete 201 5 in the coronation night held Monday evening, November 23,2015  at the Negros Oriental Convention Center. Karen Mae bested 9 other beauties who also vied for the title.

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Miss Dumaguete 2015 Karen Mae Bustos’ winning moment

 

Miss Dumaguete 2014 winner Malka Shaver personally handed over the crown to her successor.

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Miss Dumaguete 2014, Malka Shaver

 

Apart from winning the coveted title, Karen Mae also received most of the pageant’s special awards namely Best in Swimwear, Best in Production Number, Best in Evening Gown, Miss Wow Them 2015, Miss 2GO Travel and Miss Coca-Cola.

Photo grabbed from Miss Dumaguete 2015 Karen Mae Bustos FB account

Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to ask the newly crowned Miss Dumaguete 2015 of what’s next for her after the pageant and according to her as an ambassador of goodwill, she wants to fulfill her advocacy by joining green movement campaigns as she believes that by the help of one another, they can make the city a better place to live in for everyone and for mother nature. ” I believe that I can do it by taking step-by-step actions which could impact the community here in Dumaguete as well as to make people environment conscious” she added.

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When asked about her plans in joining bigger pageants like Bb. Pilipinas, “I have plans on joining national pageants but I’m not yet sure for it varies on the opportunities.,” she replied.

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Dagit Duma Article Contributor, Ella Elciario with celebrity judge John Spainhour

See more photos of the event from our FB page DAGIT DUMAGUETE

UPDATED: Dumaguete City celebrates 67th Charter Day, Sandurot Festival 2015 in a few days

Dumaguete City will once again showcase the city’s innate hospitality and friendliness this month as we commemorate the 67th Charter Day celebration of our beloved Dumaguete City. Of course, let us not forget one of the highlights during the 10-day fiesta celebration the Sandurot Festival 2015.

This year’s fiesta celebration will be held November 20-29, 2015. Three venues will be used this year for the entire fiesta celebration; the Quezon Park, the Boulevard and Robinsons Mall Dumaguete.

Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to talk with City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. to find out what’s in store for us this month. Truly, there are new things to expect this month as we celebrate our city’s charter day.

One of the many new things to expect this year is the Sandurot Festival 2015 Street Dancing and Showdown Competition. Compared to previous years celebration, Sandurot Festival 2015 will be held on the exact Charter Day Celebration of the city on November 24, 2015. Yes, this will go together with the annual Charter Day Parade after which the Showdown Competition will take place at the Quezon Park.

One of the photos taken by Mark Trayvilla during Sandurot Festival 2013 street dancing competition.
One of the photos taken by Mark Trayvilla during Sandurot Festival 2013 street dancing competition.

“Will probably make the Charter Day Parade shorter this time. Sandurot will come last after the Charter Parade,” says Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr.

Since 2013, Dumaguete City Tourism has already engaged different schools in the city to compete for Sandurot Festival. This year, six (6) schools are expected to compete for the street dancing and showdown competition.

Sandurot Festival 2015 will still showcase the re-enactment of how Dumaguete City entices foreigners to come and stay in our place through song and dance presentation.

“Sandurot is DAGIT,” added Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. He also narrated that the SANDUROT contingent in this year’s Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015, which won second place and best in street dancing depicted the story line on DAGIT. Dumaguete City’s name after all was coined from the vernacular word dagit.

One of the contingents during the SANDUROT street dancing competition last 2013. Photo credit to Mark Trayvilla.
One of the contingents during the SANDUROT street dancing competition last 2013. Photo credit to Mark Trayvilla.

Participating schools get a subsidy and prizes will be given to the street dancing competition winner as well as the showdown winner.

“This is not yet final but we already sent out a letter to Bacolod City Mayor inviting the winner for this year’s Masskara Festival to join the street dancing parade as guest performers. This is in view of the Negros Island Region,” disclosed Maquiling.

The fun doesn’t stop there because this year new events will be introduced. One event people can look forward to is the SANDUROT Airsoft Tournament which will take place on November 22, 2015 at the Boulevard.

“This is something new,” says Maquiling. According to him the organization of airsoft enthusiasts in the city approached them and wanted to expose themselves and make people know what airsoft game is.

Maquiling said there will be a mock war. Participating airsoft teams during the tournament will be in full gears and real encounters will be set up. The mock war will cover the boulevard, a few spots in the city and will end up at Robinsons Mall.

Streamers will be put up around the city to alert people of the mock war event so Dumagueteños will not be surprised if war games happen around the streets of Dumaguete.

Also, there will be a SANDUROT Festival Queen Costume Expo at the newly opened Paseo Perdices in Rizal Boulevard. The production number of this year’s Miss Dumaguete will showcase the SANDUROT Festival Queen costumes. The 10 costumes will be displayed at Paseo Perdices on November 22-29, 2015 during mall hours. (Please stay tuned for our MISS DUMAGUETE 2015 blog post. Dagit Dumaguete will make a separate blog post about this.)

Lastly, the Fiesta Directorate Committee will once again bring back Flavors of Dumaguete as one of the main events this year. If you remember, Dumaguete held its first food expo, Flavors of Dumaguete September this year in celebration of the World Tourism Day. The event was a success and a lot of chefs and business owners in the city showed interests in bringing back the food expo during the fiesta celebration.

Flavors of Dumaguete held September this year at the boulevard. This year, chef and business owners in the city will gather together to make Dumagueteños experience the flavors of the world in one location this November 24, 2015 at the Rizal Boulevard, 6:00pm
Flavors of Dumaguete held September this year at the boulevard in celebration of the World Tourism Day. This month, chefs and business owners in the city will gather together to make Dumagueteños experience the flavors of the world in one location this November 24, 2015 at the Rizal Boulevard, 6:00pm

International visitors and diplomats will be coming over the city too to celebrate with us. The Mayor of Alameda City, sister city of Dumaguete in the US and the Mayor of Yeongdong, South Korea, another sister city of Dumaguete will come to the city to celebrate with us. (Please stay tuned for our SPOTLIGHT blog post about this. More details will be provided.)

When asked how this year’s charter week celebration will differ from the previous years, Maquiling said that this year’s 67th Charter Day celebration will be very historic since we have diplomatic visitors coming over to celebrate with us.

“It’s a milestone in terms of Dumaguete City reaching out to the world especially that we are signing the Memorandum of Agreement between two cities,” explained Maquiling.

“We enjoin everyone to join the festivities. This is not just our fiesta celebration. Not just the people who work for the government but everybody, every single citizen here or even visitors we enjoin them. We invite all to participate and take pride of what Dumaguete has become after 67 years since it became a city.”

Here’s a copy of the calendar of activities for this year’s Charter Week celebration. Changes may apply to this calendar of activities.

This year’s 67th Charter Day Celebration theme is: “Dumaguete City: Celebrating 67 years of service, from community to the world.”

Here's the initial Sandurot Festival 2015 Calendar of Activities. Will post an updated one once it's available.
Here’s the initial Sandurot Festival 2015 Calendar of Activities. Will post an updated one once it’s available.
Dumaguete City 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration Highlights. Don't dare miss it! Mark your calendars now. :)
Dumaguete City 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration Highlights. Don’t dare miss it! Mark your calendars now. 🙂
Dumaguete City 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration Highlights. Don't dare miss it! Mark your calendars now. :)
Dumaguete City 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration Highlights. Don’t dare miss it! Mark your calendars now. 🙂

Buglasan 2015 Festival of Festivals and Street Dancing

The grand showdown and street dancing competition were the highlights of the Buglasan 2015 10-day festivity. Every year, people gather together to watch the most awaited Showdown and Street Dancing Competition of different participating LGU’s of Negros Oriental. The street dance was held last Oct 23, which had been officially declared as a non-working holiday in the province of Negros Oriental. This is to give way to the locals to watch and support their respective municipalities. In the morning, contingents from different municipalities compete in a Dance Showdown held in Lamberto Macias Sports Complex. Each presentation depicted stories of their own municipality’s fiesta history. In the afternoon is the street dancing competition. This year, 8 participating LGU’s showcased their festivities along the streets of Dumaguete City. The streets were packed with people waiting for the parade to start. The performers were dressed colorfully in their costumes as they would dance to the beat of the drums through the parade , stopping at some point along the streets to do a dance routine with their colorful and amazing props.

Let’s take a look again at the performances of the different municipalities in their colorful costumes.

Sibulan – Yagyag Festival

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“Yagyag” is the vernacular for spawning, to lay eggs or spread, propagate and grow. the process refers in the particular to the crabs and the other marine creatures that gather during the months of October to December in Sapa, one of spring found in Brgy. Cangmating of Sibulan, – SOURCE: here

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Dumaguete City – Sandurot Festival

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Sandurot which means, “fellowship and reaching out,” and is derived from the Visayan word “pakig-sandurot” for the offering and enjoyment of hospitality. It is a colorful, annual fiesta event to commemorate Dumaguete’s rich history dating the pre-Hispanic period. – SOURCE: here

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Photo credits to the photo owner Charlie Sindiong. Photo from his FB account. Dagit Duma does not own the photo. Please credit the owner properly
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Bayawan City – Tawo Tawo Festival

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Tawo-tawo or commonly known as scarecrow is significantly used to drive away the little native birds called “maya” that feed on the ripening golden rice grains. This agricultural method was what led to Bayawan’s Tawo-tawo Festival. The TawoTawo Festival is celebrated annually every month of December in Negros Oriental. – SOURCE: here

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Tanjay  – Sinulog sa Tanjay Festival

The Saulog sa Tanjay is a colorful celebration in honor of St. James the Greater. It is held  yearly on the 24th of July before the fiesta celebration. Street dancing is performed by the participants wearing colorful costumes . This religious event is based on the legend of St. James the Greater miraculously aided the Christians riding a white horse and slew hundreds of moors during the battle. – SOURCE: here

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Manjuyod – Anihan Festival

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The word “anihan” means harvest.  From the word itself, people showcases their harvested crops as a sign of thanksgiving. Anihan Festival is a thanksgiving celebration that expresses gratefulness for a bountiful harvest

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Bais City – Hudyaka Festival

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Hudyaka sa Bais is a spectacular Mardi Gras parade and plaza revelry to highlight the fiesta of San Nicolas de Tolentino, patron of the city of Bais. – Source: HERE

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San Jose – Ayuquikan Festival

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The festival highlights the feast of patron St. Joseph. The festival features the origin of the town’s old name (Ayuquikan) which was derived from the vernacular “inukitan” which means the chaff and hulls if fruits after birds have picked up the crops. – SOURCE: here

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Jimalalud – Hambabalud Festival

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Jimalalud’s Hambabalud Festival derives its name from the towering hambabalud trees found in the municipality which are said to be the inhabited by malignant spirits. To counteract the evils unleashed, the local folks seek the intercession of their patron, the Holy Child. – SOUTCE: here

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Mabinay – Langub Festival

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The Langub is an annual festival held every 24th day of January in Poblacion, Mabinay Negros Oriental. This is a 5-day (January 21-25) package celebration commemorating the joy, unity and prosperity achieved by the early cave dwellers. At the same time, a thanksgiving celebration for a God-given natural wonder; the spectacles and splendors of the caves that makes Mabinay “The Cave Capital of the Philippines”. – SOURCE: here

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YagYag Festival of the municipality of Sibulan bested 7 other contingents to win this year’s championship in the Buglasan Festival of Festivals. This is the second time that Sibulan’s Yagyag Festival bags the title Buglasan Festival Grand Champion. They also got most of the awards namely, 2nd Best Float, Best in Musicality, Best in Costume, and Best in Choreography. Congratulations also to Dumaguete City’s own contingent SANDUROT Festival for winning second place next to YagYag Festival of Sibulan and for bagging the Best in Street Dancing award. On the third place is the contingent from the south, Bayawan’s Tawo-Tawo Festival.

Hail hail to all Dumagueteños and to the other 7 municipalities for their amazing performances. Buglasan 2015 Festival of Festivals is indeed a success! We’ll see you all again next year!!!

***Featured image in this article is by Paul Javier

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What’s in store for Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015?

As promised, here’s the second part of our three-part blog posts on Buglasan Festival of Festival 2015. If you haven’t read the first part, you may read it below:

Part I: Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015

Dagit Dumaguete thinks it is safe to say that Buglasan Festival of Festivals is indeed one of the country’s grandest and anticipated festival. That is because during that month of the year, a lot of people are bound to Dumaguete to witness and experience Buglasan. The business cycle is also very active given that all hotels around the city are always fully-booked this time of October.

In our Part I post we mentioned that we got to talk with the Co-Director of Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 and also the co-director of the Provincial Tourism Council Dr. Nichol R. Elman. Our expectations we’re highly set on what we should be expecting come October this year. There’s a lot in store for us in this year’s festival. So aside from the famous street dancing and showdown competition, here are other things we have gathered which we think will make you excited for Buglasan 2015.

Buglasan Festival of Festivals Photo Credit to Samurai John (photo taken from his Flickr Account. Dagit Dumaguete does not own this picture. Please credit properly to rightful owner)
Buglasan Festival of Festivals
Photo Credit to Samurai John (photo taken from his Flickr Account. Dagit Dumaguete does not own this picture. Please credit properly to rightful owner)

Hudyaka sa Kalye

This is surely something we have not had before in any of the past Buglasan Festival celebrations. On October 16, 2015 at 9:00pm some of the major streets in Dumaguete City will be closed to celebrate the grand opening of Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015. The streets that the Buglasan 2015 Committee aims to close down are the following:

  • Portal West in Silliman University (Silliman Avenue and Esculta)
  • Cuadro de Esculta which is the one fronting Lee Super Plaza, Union Drug, Jollibee and Chowking.
  • Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) area at the Quezon Park
  • Eskina de Mercado which is the corner of Real and Colon Street
Photo not taken from the real street party during Buglasan Festival of Festivals. Grabbed from www.multifest.ca. Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly.
Photo not taken from the real street party during Buglasan Festival of Festivals. Grabbed from http://www.multifest.ca. Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly.

Music, food and party will simultaneously happen in these four major streets in the city. All four places will be closed and people can come around these places to celebrate the grand opening of Buglasan 2015. However, the party is not only happening in these major streets. Al Fresco in Robinsons Mall Dumaguete will also be participating in the opening of Buglasan 2015. So wherever you are in Dumaguete, people get to celebrate and join the fun and festivity during the grand opening.

“We wanted to make sure that everyone is pleased. Everyone who comes for the celebration is pleased.” stressed out Dr. Nichol R. Elman.

Hudyaka sa Kalye and Grand Pista sa Nayon will both happen on the night of October 16, 2015. You may click here to know more about the Pista sa Nayon concept this year.

Nationwide Fireworks Competition and Kasikas sa Boulevard

The fireworks competition is one of the most anticipated event throughout the entire 10-day celebration of Buglasan Festival of Festivals. This is a nationwide competition so participants from different places across the county is expected to come and participate. This year’s fireworks competition is set on October 24-25, 2015. Not only that, the competition is back to back Kasikas sa Boulevard.

Buglasan Festival Firework Competition last year. (Photo Credit to: Malcolm Clint Gonzales Bagnol from his Flickr account. Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly.)
Buglasan Festival Firework Competition last year. (Photo Credit to: Malcolm Clint Gonzales Bagnol from his Flickr account. Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly.)

If you’re wondering what makes it different from last year? We can definitely assure you it’s nothing like last year. This time, four to five different stages and sounds will be strategically put up along the entire stretch of the Rizal Boulevard where music and party will simultaneously happen. Your choice which part of the boulevard to party with friends and family. It will surely be a night full of fun, music, party and entertainment.

Cultural Activities and Sports Competitions

Different shows and competitions will continue to take place throughout the entire ten day celebration. From Bulilit competitions to Hair and Make-up down to other cultural shows. All these and more will happen during the festival. Activities such as wall climbing or zip line will also be put up.

This year’s festival will also lead the first Inter-Regional Governor’s Cup since we have been declared as Region 18 or the Negros Island Region. The Inter-Regional Governor’s Cup will feature the two provinces (Oriental and Occidental) talents in sports. There will be football, triathlon, swimming, basketball and lawn tennis competitions. A blinded boxing competition will also take place followed by a real boxing competition called Bakbakan sa Buglasan.

As mentioned in our first installment of this three-part blog posts, the Buglasan Committee will utilize three locations this year to accommodate all their planned programs and activities. The Sidlakang Negros Village, Kagawasan Avenue or Freedom Park and the Robinsons Mall of Dumaguete. Dagit Dumaguete had the chance to ask for the initial copy of the program schedule from the committee. We will post it here once the scanned file is completed.

“We are opening development opportunities” says Dr. Elman.

LGU Gimmick Booths

The different LGU gimmick booths are also something that people look forward to when you talk about Buglasan Festival. For this year, the booth area will still be along Kagawasan Avenue. The booth of each municipality or city will be lined up along the avenue.

“Hopefully will have the same number as last year” added Dr. Elman referring to the 18 booths from different municipalities and cities that participated last year. However, the Buglasan 2015 committee is hoping there will be more than 18 booths this year.

Buglasan Festival of Festivals LGU Gimmick Booth Area in Kagawasan Avenue. (photo from: http://technewstravel.blogspot.com/)
Buglasan Festival of Festivals LGU Gimmick Booth Area in Kagawasan Avenue. (photo from: http://technewstravel.blogspot.com/)

According to Dr. Elman the provincial government will provide PHP100,000.00 subsidy to those participating LGUs in the gimmick booth competition while the rest of the expenditure will come from the respective municipalities or cities participating this year.

Miss Negros Oriental 2015

From Miss Negros Oriental Tourism pageant, this year’s Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 will feature the first ever Miss Negros Oriental beauty pageant. This is something new.

Will hold off information about this for now. Details will be posted on our last installment or part three of these blog posts. So stay tuned. Will put it up soonest.

Having all these said, you sure now have an idea on how grand Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 would be come October 16, 2015. Did any of these info made you somehow excited for this year’s festival?

To end this up, we asked Dr. Elman to give out his message to everyone who are looking forward to this year’s Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015.

“In behalf of the director, Governor Roel Degamo we would appreciate people’s all out support and cooperation.  For those commercial and business establishments to also support and to welcome guests by putting up streamers at the entrance of their establishments both domestic and international tourists. And lastly for the front liners in the development of tourism in our province (the people, Negrense) to be very courteous and honest in dealing with the visitors.” – Dr. Nichol R. Elman.

Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015

October is just around the corner. When you say October, one thing would normally come to mind to all Dumagueteños. Indeed it is a busy month not just for Dumaguete City but the entire Negros Oriental because October is the most awaited Buglasan Festival of Festivals celebration.

What is Buglasan Festival of Festivals?

Buglasan Festival of Festivals is an annual festival celebrated by the province of Negros Oriental every October. The celebration honors the province’s rich history and its continuous progress and development.

Buglasan comes from the world Buglas which is the province’s old name. Buglas is a type of napier grass which is prolific in Negros Oriental making Buglasan Festival of Festivals a heritage.

Buglasan Festival 2013 Photo Credit to: Samurai John (from flickr)
Buglasan Festival 2013
Photo Credit to: Samurai John (from flickr)

Our festival is unique because it will remind us of the beginnings of Negros Oriental. It’s historical in character” says Buglasan Committee Co-director Dr. Nichol R. Elman.

The celebration is dubbed as Festival of Festivals because it brings together the different municipalities and cities constituting the province of Negros Oriental through a colorful and upbeat street dancing. The street dancing contingents of the different municipalities and cities in the province will showcase the history of their respective town.

“Each place has their own festival and that’s what makes Buglasan different” added Dr. Elman referring to how all these festivals gather together for one big celebration here in Dumaguete City every October.

When is Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015?

Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 is scheduled on October 16-25, 2015. It’s a 10-day celebration in three different locations this year. Yes, you’ve read it right. Buglasan this year will be simultaneously celebrated in three places – the Sidlakang Negros Village in EJ Blanco Drive Piapi, the Freedom Park and the entire of Kagawasan Avenue and lastly in Robinsons Mall Dumaguete.

One the the booths in the past year's Buglasan Festival. (photo from dumaguete.advisor.com - please credit properly to owner)
One the the booths in the past year’s Buglasan Festival.
(photo from dumagueteadvisor.com – please credit properly to owner)

Different activities and programs are set in these three places for everyone to enjoy wherever you are in the city. There will be nightly activities and programs at the Sidlakang Negros Village throughout the entire Buglasan season. Exhibits and shows will also be held in Robinsons Mall Dumaguete. Cultural shows from 5:00pm-8:00pm will take place at the Capitol forecourt where a stage is put up just outside the Capitol building. Lastly, the San Miguel Corporation will handle the activities set at the Main Stage of Freedom Park from 10:00pm to wee hours in the morning for the youth and tourists who would like to party and stroll at night.

What is this year’s concept?

Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 will continue to prove why Negros Oriental is considered a gastronomic destination. This year’s concept is Pista sa Nayon where different barangays, groups and organization are invited to join and participate in this native food festival.

Pista sa Nayon will feature all native food where participating barangays, groups and organizations will each have to showcase lechon. It will be a fellowship kind for the barangay folks and other participants. A parade will take place from the Robinsons Mall Dumaguete down the city to Kagawasan Avenue showcasing the different native food in a decorated float. After which, a boodle fight will take place at the capitol area. The boodle fight is open for all participating contingents.

Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 Pista sa Nayon Concept (Photo from linkis.com - please credit properly to owner)
Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 Pista sa Nayon Concept
(Photo from linkis.com – please credit properly to owner)

According to Dr. Nichol R. Elam in an interview with Dagit Dumaguete, Governor Roel Degamo also suggested having ice cream carts decorated with lights included in the parade so that the children have something to enjoy during the boodle fight.

“It will be colorful and festive” added Dr. Elman.

Dr. Elman added that they are expecting around 15-20 lechons. Groups like fraternities, sororities and other local groups are all invited to join the Pista sa Nayon parade because this will be back to back with Inter-collegiate marching band competition.

Buglasan Festival 2013 Photo Credit to: Samurai John (from flickr)
Buglasan Festival 2013
Photo Credit to: Samurai John (from flickr)

For inquiries about the Buglasan 2015 you may visit the Negros Oriental Provincial Tourism office at EJ Blanco Drive, Piapi, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200 between 8:00am-5:00pm (Monday to Friday).

SANDUROT Festival

SANDUROT FESTIVAL 2014  Photo by: Charlie Sindiong
SANDUROT FESTIVAL 2014
Photo by: Charlie Sindiong

Sandurot which translates as ‘Paghimamat’ in dialect means a convergence of cultures and communities of Dumaguete City. Dumaguete City, over the years has become a melting pot of various cultures, different traditions, and several spirituality with the common understanding to live cohesively and prosperously in the community.

Dumagueteños inherent hospitality and friendliness is celebrated and honored through SANDUROT Festival. The festival is a yearly event and serves as a culminating activity during the city’s Charter week celebration. During the festival, a re-enactment of how Dumaguete City entices foreigners to come and stay in our place is held through a song and dance presentation. This show depicts the lives of the early inhabitants of Dumaguete City.

SANDUROT Festival 2014 Photo by: Charlie Sindiong
SANDUROT Festival 2014
Photo by: Charlie Sindiong

 

Sandurot Festival is an anticipated event in the city every November. The history of Dumaguete is shown through unique and colorful street dances, parades and plays participated by the different barangays of the city. The festival is organized.

 

 

In an email interview sent to Dumaguete City Tourism Officer Woodrow “RR” Maquiling, Jr last 2012, he stated that the main reason for holding the festival is to celebrate the great history of our community and our city and to strengthen our vision that this community will live as we continually cater to the influx of various nationalities and cultures wanting to make Dumaguete City their home.

SANDUROT Festival 2014 Photo by: Charlie Sindiong
SANDUROT Festival 2014
Photo by: Charlie Sindiong

 

Foundation University: Kasadyaan Festival

FU Kasadyaan Fireworks

Photo Credit to Hersley Casero

The annual Kasadyaan festival  or also known as “mardi gras” initiated by Foundation University is one of Negros Oriental’s oldest and continues annual festival. It was established last 1949 by Foundation University’s Founder Dr. Vicente G. Sinco. The festival served as a concluding campus Christmas celebration and it began as a torch parade in costume with mardi gras as motif. The festival grew into the longest parade to pass through Dumaguete thoroughfares, with spectacular costumes and colorful motifs. Kasadyaan is a nine day celebration which includes booth presentation, frolics competition, Hara sa FU and may celebration of merriment. The festivity would end with the parade and grand fireworks.

NORSU: Hugyawan Festival

Photo credit to ALS Photography; http://www.explorenegros.com/2014/11/entertainment/festivals-negros-oriental/

A major event that the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) celebrates annually is the “Hugyawan Festival”. It’s a culminating activity highlighting the celebration of NORSU’s Founders’ Day held every end of November. Hugyawan usually comes in on the last day of the school’s Founders’ Week. Hugyawan comes from the Cebuano word “hugyaw” which means to make very loud noise using drums and other musical instruments. According to Dr. Peter Dayot

The annual festival started in 1998; the same year as the Philippine Centennial. It simply began as a Linggo ng Wika street dancing parade that evolved into a small-scale Buglasan Festival and was changed into the Hugyawan Festival for it to have a distinct identity of its own.

Hugyawan is also Dumaguete City’s most awaited street dancing competition where students of the seven (7) NORSU campuses come together for a parade of colorful costumes and festivities. In addition, each contingent must present candidates for the Hugyawan King and Queen which were featured in their showdown and street dancing competition. The main objective of Hugyawan is to showcase the unique way of life of the people of Negros Oriental.

Foundation University: DAL-UY Festival

Dal-uy from the word “daloy” which means “to flow”  is an annual event of Foundation University Dumaguete to commemorate its Founder’s Week celebration. Dal-uy is a festival of dreams and hopes where all members of Foundation University gather around the beach to launch floating lanterns carrying their respective wishes and prayers.

The floating lanterns are recyclable and environment-friendly. This annual event is patterned after Hawaii’s Floating Latern Festival. The festival happens every July and just recently, a lot of these floating lanterns dot the waterfront of Bantayan Beach in Escaño Dumaguete City last July 2, 2015.

This year’s Dal-uy Festival was special because Foundation University also officially launched Estudio Damgo 3, a marine sanctuary floating building in the shape of a pyramid. Estudio Damgo or “The Marine Sanctuary Center” is a building to be used by Sanctuary Wardens to help educate people about the sanctuary in Barangay Bantayan, Dumaguete City.

The center is a sustainable and eco-friendly structure right next to the sanctuary in the coastline of Bantayan. The team behind this project is mostly consists of Architecture students who are in their last year in Foundation University.

Dagit Dumaguete did roundup in Instagram and Facebook to see who were posting about the Dal-uy Festival last July 2, 2015. Check out their posts below:

Lanterns on the water. Amazing experience. #yolobolo #uw #architecture #Philippine #FUW #foundation #dumaguete #DGTE

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Pyramid on the water. #Philippine #pyramid #architecture #FUW

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