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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UPDATED: SANDUROT first MilSim Competition

If you have read our first installment of our three-part blog post regarding Dumaguete City’s 67th Charter Day and Annual Fiesta Celebration, you would know that an airsoft tournament is expected to take place this year. Though airsoft teams and tournaments have long been existing in our community, it is the first time for Dumaguete City Fiesta Committee to offer an airsoft tournament as one of the many activities we can look forward to on a 10-day fiesta celebration. For those who missed out Part I of our Dumaguete fiesta coverage, you may read full story here.

Dumaguete City alone has a few airsoft teams existing for quite a while now. These teams have joined multiple regional competitions. Others even go for national ones. However, members of these teams are often only acquainted with each other and the teams that do the same sport as them. The city takes a leap this time as it introduces airsoft sport to our community.

Airsoft is a sport that uses airsoft guns and played either indoor or outdoor. Combat scheme may differ depending on the organizing team but military tactics are used and involved to achieve objectives set for each game. Tournament scenarios can be close combat, bivouac, or military simulation.

Today’s gameplay is going to be a military simulation (MilSim). What’s more exciting about today’s game is how the mission will run through. As mentioned in our first post, the tournament will take place in the city. Military Simulations will take place at the South Sea Resort, along the entire length of the Rizal Boulevard, Silliman Avenue going to Cervantes Street and finally ending up at Robinsons Mall.

FRAG - Dumaguete Team during the Sandurot Parade in 2014.
FRAG – Dumaguete Team during the Sandurot Parade in 2014.

Curious about what exactly will happen? Dagit Dumaguete Team had the chance to talk to the organizing team of this year’s airsoft tournament. However, to avoid spoiling the fun and excitement we won’t be revealing the exact details of the military simulation that would take place within the city.

This airsoft tournament is organized by Force Recon Airsoft Group – Dumaguete or FRAG – Dumaguete. The airsoft community in Dumaguete would definitely know this team. FRAG is an international airsoft group. FRAG also exists in Ireland and Hong Kong as well as other parts of the world.

FRAG - Dumagute Team
FRAG – Dumagute Team

Charlie Agunod, one of the FRAG – Dumaguete members, shared that the group’s founder is from Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao thus their mother group is from the said place too. After organizing the groups here in the Philippines, the founder then moved to Ireland where he spread about FRAG too and created another group based in Ireland. Today, FRAG groups are now located in different countries.

As for FRAG – Dumaguete the group has existed for more than a year now. According to Juvenal P. Piñero, another FRAG – Dumaguete member that we had the chance to talk to, this year’s tournament feels like a comeback for the group since the last tournament they organized in Zamboanguita last September somehow failed short of their expectations due to bad weather and circumstances beyond their control.

FRAG Teams united. Photo taken after the Operation: Golden Sword event organized last September. Members of FRAG - Dumaguete, FRAG - Cagayan, and FRAG - Davao had the chance to meet up and get together from the event.
FRAG Teams united. Photo taken after the Operation: Golden Sword event organized last September. Members of FRAG – Dumaguete, FRAG – Cagayan, and FRAG – Davao had the chance to meet up and get together from the event.
The Dumaguete Team with FRAG - Cagayan and FRAG - Davao.
The Dumaguete Team with FRAG – Cagayan and FRAG – Davao.
Obligatory I Love Dumaguete signage pictorial with the members of FRAG - Cagayan and FRAG - Davao after the Operation: Golden Sword event.
Obligatory I Love Dumaguete signage pictorial with the members of FRAG – Cagayan and FRAG – Davao after the Operation: Golden Sword event.

Both Piñero and Agunod also asserted that they are all individually active in their respective airsoft teams. FRAG – Dumaguete members are part of different airsoft teams here in Dumaguete. Through FRAG they are able to unite.

“We’re here for the love of the game. It’s having another avenue to continue what we love doing.” discloses Piñero.

Pretty much most of us know that airsoft is a game where people bring airsoft guns and compete who’s best among them by wiping out all the members of the opposing team/s. However, this isn’t just the case especially to those who are really into this kind of sport. Airsoft sport is more on the honor system where one person who’s hit is expected to call himself out whether or not anyone saw it happen. It’s all about integrity and discipline.

Safety

Since the tournament will happen around the city, we asked Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling, Jr. about the safety of the spectators and he said that streamers will be put up around the city to promote awareness that a military simulation is happening since all participating teams will be in full combat gears during the tournament.

Piñero also assured that for the parts where the teams are required to walk around the city, they have strictly ordered airsoft gun magazines of all players to be pulled out and safety switch to be on the entire time until their next mission.

“It’s mags out, safety on” assures Piñero.

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 Agunod also added that game marshalls, police patrol, tourist police, rescue team as well as the Traffic Management Office (TMO) will be full-forced in making sure that spectators will not be harmed and no one outside the game will be able to interfere and take advantage.

Mechanics

There will be a grading system to determine the winning team. The tournament is not about who gets to the finish line first but rather who gets the highest score in the grading sheet they have provided for all missions accomplished. Winning team will receive trophy and certificates. FRAG – Dumaguete said there will be no cash involved in the prizes to avoid the game from heating up.

Registration will start at 6AM at the Quezon Park and the game proper will start at 7AM. Registration fee is PHP250.00 per pax and a minimum of eight (8) and maximum of twelve (12) members is allowed in each participating team.

“We are expecting at least 8 teams to participate” added Agunod.

Big Group with Big Hearts

FRAG – Dumaguete which currently has around 30 members are not just about having fun in the battlefield-inspired games and closed combat games. Though this is the second time that the group has organized an airsoft tournament, this airsoft group in Dumaguete has also done quite a few humanitarian activities the past months.

Joyce Salabas and Raste, both members of FRAG – Dumaguete, narrated how much the group wants to give back to the community. Salabas shared that they sometimes get financial allocation from the mother team and they want to share their blessings to the people in the community too.

Feeding Program in Camanjac National High School.
Feeding Program in Camanjac National High School.

The group’s into feeding programs. Last time they went roving around the city and feeding street children as the go along. Recently they coordinated with Camanjac National High School to feed around 162 students. The group has also volunteered to help out with Gawad Kalinga in one of their feeding activities.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - AESOP Photos during the feeding program at the Camanjac National High School
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – AESOP
Photos during the feeding program at the Camanjac National High School
FRAG - Dumaguete members present during the feeding program.
FRAG – Dumaguete members present during the feeding program.

Moving on, the group is also eyeing on a tree planting activity in the near future.

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UPDATES:

Seven airsoft teams participated in yesterday’s event. See group photos below. The photos are arranged according to the group who came first to the last Mission area.

Airsoft Team Forestcamp.
Airsoft Team Forestcamp.
ASG - Dumaguete Chapter
ASG – Dumaguete Chapter
DAT-7 Team
Coyote Team
Coyote Team
DAT-7 Team
Airsoft Combat League Team
Airsoft Combat League Team
Airsoft Underdogs Dumaguete Team
Airsoft Underdogs Dumaguete Team
The last team to conclude the tournament is UAT team. A sub-unit of Airsoft Underdogs Dumaguete Team.
The last team to conclude the tournament is UAT team. A sub-unit of Airsoft Underdogs Dumaguete Team.
The people behind the success of the event, FRAG - Dumaguete and their willing hostage volunteers who made the MilSim more exciting and fun.
The people behind the success of the event, FRAG – Dumaguete and their willing hostage-drama volunteers who made the MilSim more exciting and fun.

Photo credits to Mark Anthony Trayvilla of Trials ra Na Photography in Facebook for the photos of each participating team during the tournament.

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. 🙂

Negros Oriental as Water Capital of the Philippines

Water is vital and necessary for survival. Water contributes greatly to improvements and growth in the many aspects of our lives both personal and social across the globe. It has served as a source of power economically as well as personally.

The earth’s surface is mostly covered with water. However, water is a scarce resource in most part of the world today. Ironic as it may sound but this is true. The oceans hold almost 97 percent of all earth’s water. The remaining fresh water is even rarer at less than one percent because more than two percent is locked up in ice caps and large glaciers. In order to survive, we need this teeny bit of fresh water.

The surface water which comes from rivers, lakes and ground water is the only available water resource for human use. Though surface water is naturally replenished, we can’t deny the fact that human activities today along with globalization has greatly contributed to hastening up the scarcity of our fresh water resource aside from its natural lost through evaporation and discharge to oceans.

In the Philippines, water shortage is a public concern. Just recently the quest for the center of excellence for water management in the entire Philippines was put up and we are proud to say that Negros Oriental is eyed as the water capital of the Philippines.

Water Excellence Philippines (WEP), a non-government institution promoting inclusive growth through sustainable efforts in agribusiness, water efficiency, and tourism recommended to make Negros Oriental the water capital of the Philippines considering the province’s consistent and notable track record of water resource management.

Photo of Lake Balinsasayao in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Taken from the flickr account of whologwhy. Lake Balinsasayao has a twin lake called Lake Danao. The area is surrounded by lush tropical greens. (Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)
Photo of Lake Balinsasayao in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Taken from the flickr account of whologwhy. Lake Balinsasayao has a twin lake called Lake Danao. The area is surrounded by lush tropical greens. (Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)

Other cities like Davao and Cebu were also considered by the group but Negros Oriental was their obvious choice because of the province’s access to potable water and the numerous number of surface water resources found in the island like rivers, waterfalls, watersheds and streams to name a few.

Water Capital of the Philippines

On August 5, 2015 the province held its first Water Conference at the Silliman University to discuss and support Negros Oriental as it steps up to the challenge of being the water capital of the Philippines through sustainable development of its water resources and making water as the main source of its future progress.

Niludhan Falls of Baragay Dawis in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Niludhan Falls has a majestic view though not known to many because of the difficult and challenging ways one has to go through to reach the waterfall. Photo taken from www.shan-shin.org. (Please note that Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)
Niludhan Falls of Baragay Dawis in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental. Niludhan Falls has a majestic view though not known to many because of the difficult and challenging ways one has to go through to reach the waterfall. Photo taken from http://www.shan-shin.org. (Please note that Dagit Dumaguete does not own this photo. Please credit properly if used.)

During the conference, Executive Order (EO) 15-11 was signified by the provincial government along with the stakeholders and different sectors present during the conference. The EO stipulates the province’s full support to Negros Oriental’s rise as the water capital of the Philippines. This includes all the projects and activities needed to be implemented to live up to the water sustainability excellence challenge.

Integrated Water Resources Management Council (IWRMC)

The provincial government has re-established the Integrated Water Resources Management Council (IWRMC) to partner with WEP in gearing up the province to be the water capital of the county.

IWRMC was implemented back in 2008 under the leadership of former Governor Emilio Macias. The council was implemented to protect, rehabilitate and sustainably develop the shared water, land and related resources in the Island of Negros.

Also, the involvement of the academic sector of Negros Oriental in water sustainability through research and studies is notable.

Dumaguete Septage Facility with Engr. Josie Antonio, Dumaguete City Planning Officer. Photo taken from www.watsanexp.ning.com. You may refere to this link http://wastewaterinfo.asia/sites/default/files/project-briefs/local-government-financed-citywide-septage-management-ph.pdf to know more about the city's septage management facility.
Dumaguete Septage Facility with Engr. Josie Antonio, Dumaguete City Planning Officer. Photo taken from http://www.watsanexp.ning.com. You may refer to this link http://wastewaterinfo.asia/sites/default/files/project-briefs/local-government-financed-citywide-septage-management-ph.pdf to know more about the city’s septage management facility.

Together IWRMC and WEP will come up with the implementing rules and regulations that will serve as a guide for the council in attaining the goals of this said water sustainability campaign in the province.

Dumaguete City

In an article published by http://www.bworldonline.com (link to full article here), it stated that Dumaguete City which is the capital city of Negros Oriental has 100% access to potable water even with the city’s striving industrialization in progress.

Aside from this most cities and towns outside the capital has a high percentage in terms of access to potable water. Indeed Negros Oriental has an abundant supply of water resources thus making the water in the province cheap.

Making it possible

According to the news article published by Metropost, one of the local newspapers in the city, the provincial government headed by incumbent Governor Roel Degamo has called out to the locals, the farmers, the entrepreneurs as well as the government officials and other relevant stakeholder to take part in this campaign and make the difference. (link to full article here)

WEP on the other hand has been actively promoting through their official Facebook Page how one can make a pledge and participate in making NegOr the water capital of the Philippines. Check out their official Facebook Page below.

A few celebrities in the country has also shown their support to Negros Oriental in becoming the water capital of the Philippines. Check out posts from Biance Gonzalez and Drew Arellano who personally visited the province to shoot for Biyahe ni Drew by featuring the Negros Oriental as it gears up to be the water capital of the county.

Just recently, another artist posted her support for Negros as the water capital of the county. Check out post below:

As Dumagueteños let’s all be responsible and in our own little ways try to help out in making this possible. Let’s all make Negros Oriental bloom as the Philippines’ water capital.

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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Dumaguete City bags another award – The Seal of Good Local Governance

Photo Credit: http://www.slideshare.net/alvinalmo/for-cs-os-and-other-stakeholders-3-april2014
Photo Credit: http://www.slideshare.net/alvinalmo/for-cs-os-and-other-stakeholders-3-april2014

The Seal of Good Local Governance originated from Seal of Good Housekeeping. The SGH was initially launched last 2010 and it aims to promote transparency and accountability in local government. Today it is already the Seal of Good Local Governance and this aims to continue promote the good financial housekeeping, disaster preparedness, social protection for the basic sector, business-friendliness and competitiveness, environmental management, and law and order and public safety.

Department of the Interior and Local Government launched the SGLG Award last January 15, 2014. With the success of Seal of Good Housekeeping, DILG aims to inspire LGUs that good financial housekeeping is not enough, and that Disaster Preparedness and Social Protection should also be focused. In addition to that LGUs should also focus on Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace and Order, and Environmental Management.

The Seal of Good Local Governance signifies the totality of administration and management of Local Governments not just in Finances but on all aspects or the components of the seal —Good Financial Housekeeping, Social Protection and Disaster Preparedness, and at least one from the essential assessment areas—Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness, Peace & Order or Environmental Management.

This year, Dumaguete City is one of the recipients of the SGLG which means our City has met all the components of the Seal. With that the City is entitled of the Performance Challenge Fund. The said Fund would be allocated to the restoration and construction of drainage canals in the City. One of the privileges of receiving the award and the fund is that the recipient of SGLG also can obtain a loan given the certification by DILG and with this Dumaguete can also attract more external donors.

Photo Credit: Negros Chronicle
Photo Credit: Negros Chronicle

The City of Dumaguete received a check worth P3 million. There are also other towns and cities in Negros Oriental who received the same award; we have Tanjay, Vallehermoso, Ayungon, San Jose, Manjuyod, Bacong, Dauin, and Amlan. This is indeed something Negrense should be proud of.

As reported by Negros Chronicle, according to Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, “This award is not mine only but for all Dumagueteños who contributed in making the city more cleaner, more beautiful, more friendly with an empowered barrangays,” According to Mayor Sagarbaria the said achievement is the father of all awards and that this signifies that the City is doing very well and performing above par compared to other Cities all over Region 7.

Transparency is a cornerstone of good governance as it allows citizens everywhere to hold institutions and governments accountable for their policies and performance.

-Dr. Sipho Moyo, ONE Africa Director

The award does not just make us proud but it also inspires us not just to sustain the title but to do more and be more. As what Mayor Sagarbaria said, the award is not just for him, which means the award is more on because of the Dumagueteños who cooperated and kept Dumaguete peaceful, clean, and indeed a city of gentle people.

 

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DUMAGUETE CITY Champs Pearl Awards 2015: Best Tourism Week Celebration in the Philippines

Here’s another thing to be proud of Dumagueteños!

On October 6, 2015 the Dumaguete Tourism Office released Tourism Advisory No. 28 stipulating that the Local Government Unit of Dumaguete City championed the recent 10th ATOP-DOT Pearl Awards 2015 for Best Tourism Week Celebration in the Philippines Category held last October 3, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang, Davao City.

Tourism Advisory No. 28 released last October 6 detailing the awards won by Dumaguete City for ATOP-DOT Pearl Awards 2015.
Tourism Advisory No. 28 released last October 6 detailing the awards won by Dumaguete City for ATOP-DOT Pearl Awards 2015.

Dumaguete City has been shortlisted for two awards categories — the Best Tourism Week Celebration in the Philippines and Best Event (Sports and Adventure Category) of the Philippines, both awards were won by Dumaguete City. LGU-Dumaguete bagged the top rank in the first category and landed as 2nd runner up in the Best Tourism Event (Sports and Adventure Category).

The city submitted the 1st Belfry Tourism Excellence Awards held last September 27, 2014 as its official entry for the Best Tourism Month/Week Celebration in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Balik Dulang Pinoy Pambata was the city’s entry for the Best Tourism Event (Adventure/Sports Category) of the Philippines held last May 2014. The latter was observed every month of May during Dumaguete City’s National Heritage Month Celebration.

The final screening was held last September 19, 2015 at the University of the Philippines Asian Institute of Tourism in Diliman, Quezon City.

For those who are curious, The Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) – Department of Tourism (DOT) Pearl Awards aim to recognize people and local government units that have exceptional contribution to the community and the tourism industry. You may click link ATOP-DOT Pearl Awards 2015 for the specific rules and guidelines of ATOP-DOT Pearl Awards 2015.

1st Belfry Tourism Excellence Awards

The 1st Belfry Tourism Excellence Awards was established to recognize exemplary agencies, establishments and individuals in Dumaguete City who have given numerous exceptional contributions, innovation and hard work for the development of the community and the tourism industry of Dumaguete.

We can’t deny the fact that the tourism industry is an essential component in every community. This award given to the various tourism stakeholders in Dumaguete is a way of commemorating for the best in the tourism industry.

Balik Dulang Pinoy Pambata

Balik Dulang Pinoy Pambata has been an annual activity of Dumaguete City every summer during Dumaguete City’s National Heritage Month Celebration. This year, the city held its 3rd Balik Dulang Pinoy Pambata last May in Quezon Park.

Kids aging seven to 13 years old both boys and girls gather at the Quezon Park yearly around 8:00am to celebrate traditional Filipino games such as patintero, bato lata, palo sebo, dakop baktin and many other famous Filipino games. This is a way of passing on the legacy especially that most kids nowadays know nothing of the olden games with the fast growing development of technology today.

The Official Facebook Page of Dumaguete City Tourism Office has also posted updates and photos of the said Pearl Awards 2015.

Once again, congratulations Dumaguete! Let’s keep up the good work and continue our great endeavors to achieve a powerful Dumaguete tourism industry.

UPDATED: World Tourism Day – Flavors of Dumaguete

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Aside from the classic ‘must see’ physical sights, local food plays an important role in overall tourist experience. Last September 27, 2015, Dumaguete City Tourism Office headed by Woodrow Maquiling Jr. celebrated “World Tourism Day” with a flavorful culinary event at the Rizal Boulevard with “Flavors of Dumaguete” showcasing the city’s best and top chefs and restaurants.

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The organizers City Tourism Office Headed by Woodrow Maquiling Jr. together with the event hosts Joel Aba and Mimi Uy
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The organizers of the Flavors of Dumaguete together with the students and participants

Different food booths were installed at the Rizal Boulevard where everyone had a taste of Dumaguete’s cuisine for free. Dumagueteños had a free taste of what it’s like to eat and dine in Dumaguete beside the sea.

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Students enjoying their free food
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Students enjoying their free food
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Students enjoying their free food

The celebration were participated by the following restaurants: Sans Rival, Lab-as Seafood Restaurant, Chiccos Deli, Don Atilano/La Residencia Almar, KRI, Gabby’s Bistro, Soban Korean Restaurant, Casa Blanca, Coco Amigos, Tarbush, Taco Surf, Maasive Munchies and Taco Surf. Two culinary schools here in Dumaguete, DACA (Dumaguete Academy off Culinary Arts) and Team Skills, also participated the event and were able to show the students the basic cooking tips. Cooks prepared the food in open kitchen while being interviewed by the event hosts Joel Aba and Mimi Uy live before an audience.

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Just before the event concluded, Dumagueteños were able to see the Kahayag Dance Company performed various folk dances. Selected students from NORSU Flaring Club were also able to perform during the program.

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Kahayag Dance Company took center stage and performed various folk dances
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A showcase of NORSU Flaring Club

See more event photos at our Facebook page here

UPDATE/S:

November 4,2015: In an interview with the  City Tourism Officer Woodrow Maquiling Jr., he said that this is the first time for Dumaguete to have a food expo and that the event was a success. The tourism team came up with the idea since a lot of people come to Dumaguete because of the affordable food.  In fact one of the reasons on the best places to retire in the world (for Dumaguete) is affordability of wide variety of international and local cuisines. Dumaguete is a destination for people, food and lifestyle event since we don’t have dolphin watching and other activities within the city.

So in celebration of the World Tourism Day, we wanna give food the highlight which has been the precursor of tourism in our city. In fact for food, you don’t really have to go to Japan to taste Japanese. Flavors of the World in one plate. That’s a very good caption. It’s actually true. We have Middle Eastern food, European, American, Korean all coming together. It’s like the flavor of the world in one city.— Woodrow Maquiling Jr., City Tourism Officer

UPDATED: Buglasan to hold first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015

You guys ready for the third and last installment of our Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015 three-part blog posts? For those who have not read our previous posts yet, it’s never too late to read our previous blog posts about Buglasan 2015 to find out more about this year’s festivity.

Part I: Buglasan Festival of Festivals 2015

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

Since 2011, Buglasan Festival of Festivals has been holding Miss Negros Oriental Tourism as part of their opening salvo for the 10-day celebration of Buglasan Festival of Festivals. For the first time this year, the Buglasan Committee along with the Provincial Tourism Council is proud to announce that they are holding the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015. This is to replace the annual Miss NegOr Tourism pageant.

The 12 lovely candidates for Miss Negros Oriental Tourism 2014. Photo taken from: www.dumaguete.com (please credit properly)
The 12 lovely candidates for Miss Negros Oriental Tourism 2014.
Photo taken from: http://www.dumaguete.com (please credit properly)

This beauty pageant aims to put Negros Oriental in the tourism map. According to Dr. Nichol R. Elman the Negros Oriental Tourism Council (NOTC) with the approval of the Provincial Government, which co-chairs the tourism council and Buglasan 2015 Committee will promote Negros Oriental through this first Miss Negros Oriental 2015 beauty pageant.

Just like the previous Miss NegOr Tourism pageants, the candidates for Miss Negros Oriental 2015 are also expected to be eloquent in tourism potentials and culture in the province because the crowned candidate will serve as an ambassador in promoting Negros Oriental nationwide.

“The best way to promote and put Negros Oriental in the tourism map is to showcase Negrenses’ beauty” say Dr. Nichol R. Elman, co-chairman of Buglasan 2015 committee.

Miss NegOr Tourism 2014: The top 5 candidates from last year. Miss Rufina Alea Ferrer Villanueva (center) was crowned Miss NegOr Tourism last year. She's a Business Management student of Silliman University and she represented Bais City. Photo taken from Negros Chronicle (please credit properly).
Miss NegOr Tourism 2014: The top 5 candidates from last year. Miss Rufina Alea Ferrer Villanueva (center) was crowned Miss NegOr Tourism last year. She’s a Business Management student of Silliman University and she represented Bais City.
Photo taken from Negros Chronicle (please credit properly).

The NOTC sees the candidates for Miss Negros Oriental 2015 as possible representatives to National Beauty pageants in the Philippines such as Binibining Pilipinas, Miss World Philippines, Miss International Philippines, Miss Universe Philippines and all other pageants alike.

Following the rules and regulations of national beauty pageants, the screening committee for this year’s Miss Negros Oriental 2015 will follow qualifications in selecting the candidates. One important qualification named by Dr. Elman is the candidate’s height. According to him, they will be particular with the candidate’s height since it’s normally the primary requirement in joining national pageants. This is true not just here in the Philippines but internationally speaking too.

Miss Negros Oriental 2015 will take place at the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex on October 16, 2015 in the evening. The event will take place simultaneously along with the Grand Pista sa Nayon parade and boodle fight at the Capitol forecourt and the awarding ceremony of the Outstanding Oriental Negrenses as well as the Hudyaka sa Kalye event that the Buglasan 2015 committee has planned to hold.

As of today, there are already three confirmed candidates. The Buglasan 2015 committee is still expecting for more since they had 12 lovely candidates last year vying for Miss NegOr Tourism crown. The committee expects to have the same number of candidates this year or if not exceed last year’s number of candidates.

Who will bag the crown for the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015?
Who will bag the crown for the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015?

Tickets for the event are yet to be sold so stay tuned. Announcements will be made once tickets are available for purchasing.  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).

UPDATE:

So here are the candidates for Miss Negros Oriental 2015 from their Official Facebook Page:

Those are the lovely 13 candidates vying for the first ever Miss Negros Oriental 2015 crown. There’s definitely no other week but this Friday for the coronation night. Here’s the official trailer video for Miss NegOr 2015.

SEE YOU ALL THERE! Who do you think will bring home the crown?

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.