Festivals and Other Events in Calapan City

        Festival and Events are the best of opportunities through which you can explore the cultural specialty of the Calapeños during your tour. You will be impressed to know what Festival and Events in Calapan City . These are:

 

 

 

       Kalap Festival

       Calapan City Foundation Day, March 21

 

The festival commemorates the founding anniversary of the City of Calapan highlighted by street dancing and colorful float parade depicting the history of Calapan and the origin of its name from which the festival derived its name. A merry mixture of socio-civic, cultural, historical and sports activities are part of the run of events.

 

 

       Sto. Nino de Calapan Festival

       City Fiesta, January 1

 

Calapan City celebrates its Fiesta on New Year’s Day. Fiesta activities begin during the first week of December with a series of religious activities. The celebration extends towards the Christmas season laced with nightly cultural presentation, yuletide activities topped by the lighting of the giant Christmas tree and fireworks, as well as agro-industrial and tourism fairs.

 

       

        Mardi Gras

        Fiesta, Foundation Day, Summer, Halloween

 

The ultimate street party that takes place along the entire stretch of J. P. Rizal Street. The hypnotic lights and upbeat music, together with various fun-filled activities, will bring together a bevy of party-goers to party the night away.

 

 

        Friday Nyt sa Bagong Calapan

        City Plaza, 7 PM to 12 PM

 

Sit back and relax by watching free movies. Groove through the night with the various bands filling the evening with rhythm and beats. With the good music, food and drinks, paint the town red, Calapan style.

 

We invite people from all over the world to come and experience the Calapñeos way of celebrating life!

Lechon Festival and Gabi Pakulo – Pola, Oriental Mindoro

June 24
At the Lechon Festival, or Parada ng Lechon, in local parlance, roast pigs or lechon garbed in creative costumes are paraded around the town to the accompaniment of gay chanting and “buhusan” – a customary practice during the San Juan Bautista feast, which involves water dousing. A selection of the best from among the lechon entries follows, along with a free-for-all banquet open to the townsfolk and visitors alike.

Banana Festival – Baco, Oriental Mindoro

Banana Festival, held every March 18 to 19 in Baco, Oriental Mindoro, is a celebration of the abundance of bananas. It showcases the different varieties of banana like the Senorita, the Latundan, the Lacatan and the Saba. It also features a banana cookfest and a “saba”-inspired street dancing competition and beauty pageant. Festivities coincide with the town fiesta held in honor of the patron, St. Joseph.


 

 

Source:
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Banana_Festival

Bahag-hari Festival – Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro

Bahag-hari Festival is a colorful celebration highlighted by street dancing, a parade of colorful floats, and a different kind of Moriones Festival.

According to an old story, the early settlers of Pinamalayan came from Marinduque. While on their way to Mindoro using their boats, they encountered turbulent weather and lost their direction. They prayed to God Almighty for deliverance and guidance so the weather cleared and a rainbow appeared on the horizon. The crew shouted ipinamalay meaning “it was made known”. They followed the direction of the rainbow and landed at what is now Barangay Lumangbayan and established the first settlement which they named Pinamalayan.

The rainbow became the historical landmark of the town. The yearly Bahaghari Festival is a colorful commemoration of the importance of the rainbow in the history of the town of Pinamalayan. The celebration includes a street dancing competition, cultural presentations, religious and cultural activities, products and trade fair. Like the rainbow which rises to give color in the sky after the torrent of rain, the Bahaghari Festival is a reflection of the continuing effort of the people of Pinalamayan that there is truly paradise at the end of the rainbow.

 
Source:
http://www.tourism.gov.ph/sitepages/FestivitiesList.aspxfestivityCode=710&monthCode=04

Biniray Festival – Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro

The festival is being held to honor the town’s patron saints Peter and Paul, a way of thanksgiving for the blessings from the sea. The celebration starts in the early hours of the morning, with a flotilla of intricately decorated boats that encircles Bulalacao Bay and met by the townsfolk at it lands on the shore.

Marching continues on the streets with icons of the two saints greeted in religious manners by the devotees. A procession is done later at twilight and ends at the church ground. The traditional putong (crowning) of the patrons complete the final rituals amidst songs and dances by adults and children alike.

A street dancing is also staged during the day participated mostly by students in indigenous costumes.

 

Source:
http://www.tourism.gov.ph/sitepages/FestivitiesList.aspxfestivityCode=387&monthCode=06

Dugoy Festival – Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

The Dugoy Festival is an annual festival in the municipality of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. It is celebrated during the town fiesta and through street parades and street dancing which feature the Mangyan culture. It is becoming popular in recent years and is now in its seventh year.

The whole municipality of Sablayan celebrates every January 18th the Dugoy Festival by virtue of the Sangguniang Bayan Special Ordinance No. 2002-02. The event showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Indigenous Peoples, specifically that of the Mangyan People, through activities such as Street Dancing, Exhibits, and Cultural Shows.

The Street Dancing remains the highlight, as it is participated by at least 20 groups that brought together about 1,000 members and attracted thousands and thousands of spectators. The Street Dancing showcases the different ethno-cultural groups not just of the Mangyan People but also of those groups that came from almost all parts of the archipelago and subsequently have settled in Sablayan. Its main concept is to promote and celebrate the Dugoy Spirit of camaraderie among peoples of different culture and the harmonious relationship with nature of the Sablayeños. The costume depends on the traditional costumes worn by the members of the ethno-cultural group represented.

Through the years however, the organizers and participants shifted and added twists of modernity in the ways costumes are used to make the celebration more lively, vibrant, and colorful without losing the original intention of the revelry. Music used by the groups vary, some utilized recorded modern songs while most stick to the use of indigenous materials for musical instruments to produce familiar sounds of nature.

 
Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dugoy_Festival

Saknungan Festival – San Jose, Occidental Mindoro

Incorporating the exhibition of the cultural heritage of Mindoro’s ethnic communities is the Saknungan Festival, held every fourth week of April in San Jose, Mindoro Occidental. The festival commences with the annual celebration of the blessings of the province.

Saknungan, a Mangyan word is literally meant bayanihan, the spirit of cooperation and unity at work, which is practiced by the people of Mindoro in their everyday activities, especially during the planting and harvesting season of the palay, the major agricultural product of Occidental Mindoro.


Other agricultural product of Mindoro include coconut, corn, tobacco, garlic, mango, banana, and peanut as well as logging, cattle and poultry raising, and fishing. The elusive tamaraws which cannot be found elsewhere but in the highlands of Mindoro, which makes Mindoro unique. Highlights of this three-day festivity is the street dance and a parade.

Instored activities include agro-industrial and techno trade fair, drum and bugle parade and contest, bikathon, Juego de Anillo, cultural dance competition, palo sebo, hulihan ng baboy, cultural presentation, and the awards and fellowship night.

Source:
http://www.philippinefiestas.com/mindorooccidental/saknunganfestival-the-spirit-of-cooperation-and-unity-at-work/