Frigid northern China hosts snow and ice sculpture festival

In this Dec. 31, 2016, photo, visitors tour a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern's China's Heilongjiang province. (AP)
In this Dec. 31, 2016, photo, visitors tour a castle-like structure made from blocks of ice at the Harbin International Ice and Snow festival held in Harbin in northeastern’s China’s Heilongjiang province. (AP)

HARBIN, China — The city of Harbin in China’s frigid northeast is hosting one of the world’s largest festivals featuring ice sculptures of animals, cartoon characters and famous landmarks.

The festival, which officially opens late Thursday and last year drew more than a million visitors, showcases the region’s tradition of snow and ice carvings as well as ice swimming in the Songhua River. Harbin’s temperatures can fall to minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit).MORE

Japanese Summer Fiesta in Cebu


In celebration of 60 years of amiable diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Japan, the Japanese Association Cebu Inc. (Jaci) is organizing this year’s Bon Odori Festival this weekend, Aug. 12-13, 4 p.m., at the Sugbo grounds, Cebu South Road Properties (SRP), Cebu City.

Considered a Japanese Summer Fiesta and held annually in Cebu, Bon Odori 2016 is the third festival organized since its inception. The event has been well received by Cebuanos, and this year is even more special, as the event is held concurrent to the Japan-Philippines friendship month, to further strengthen the six-decade-long bond between Japan and the Philippines. Read more…

Panagbenga Festival 2014 opens

The long weekend will definitely be fun-filled for residents and tourists with 11 participating schools highlighting the opening Panagbenga 2014 festivities today.

Baguio Flower Festival Foundation, Inc. chief of staff Evangeline Payno said the participating schools include Kias Elementary School, Josefa Cariño Elementary School, Quezon Hill Elementary School, Baguio Central School, Jose P. Laurel Elementary School, Mabini Elementary School, Emilio Aguinaldo Elementary School, Lucban Elementary School, Fort Del Pilar Elementary School, Doña Aurora Elementary School and Baguio SPED Center. Continue reading–>

2012 Lantern Festival set

THE 2012 Giant Lantern Festival is now set as the city of San Fernando, Robinsons Land Corporation, together with regional television network CLTV 36 signed an agreement last Friday.

The signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) was witnessed by members of the 2012 GLF executive committee chaired by Architect Yolanda Reyes.

According to GLF officials, nine barangays namely Sta. Lucia, San Jose, Del Carmen, San Pedro, Dolores, Telabastagan, Sto. Niño, Del Pilar, and Calulut are vying for the top prize and trophy. Continue reading –>

Fernandinos celebrate Frog Festival

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — For almost a week, they again came jumping, leaping, singing and dancing into the limelight — that is, both frogs and humans — as the City of San Fernando celebrated the 10th “Pyestang Tugak” or Frog Festival which culminated with a grand show of Fernandino talent Saturday at Robinsons Starmills.

Themed “Pamakibage, Pamanantabe, Pamia-abe,” this year’s festival, as Mayor Oscar Rodriguez aptly put it, “reminds us of the humble beginnings from where we came and the heights that we have scaled toward a better life through giant strides, much like those vigorous leaps that frogs are capable of making. Lowly regarded yet admirable for their resiliency and flexibility are these creatures we fete with such festivities like the street dance competition, choral and frog mascot contests, the ‘padwasan and sukluban’ and frog leaping and race.” Continue reading –>

Mayor thanks Bacoleños for world-class MassKara

MAYOR Evelio Leonardia thanked the people of Bacolod for their unity and cooperation in making the 33rd MassKara Festival a success and for transforming it into a world-class festival.

No less than the international news channel Cable News Network (CNN) named Bacolod’s MassKara Festival as “one of the 12 best things in the Philippines,” he said.

“Thank you to all sectors for your cooperation. With all your support, we have transformed the MassKara into an icon of the Philippines and a world-class festival,” Leonardia said in his message at the closing rites of the 22-day celebration at the Bacolod public plaza last night (Oct. 22). Continue reading –>

MassKara foundation asked to restore aesthetics of public plaza

BACOLOD City Councilor Sonya Verdeflor has asked the Silver MassKara Festival Organization Inc. to ensure the full restoration of the aesthetics of the Bacolod Public Plaza, which was used as a festival site of the 33rd MassKara Festival.

The Bacolod City Public Plaza, a historical landmark of the city, was used as one of the festival sites of the recently concluded MassKara Festival. Continue reading –>

Rains fail to stop Masskara dance show

BACOLOD CITY — Students, parents and teachers brave the heavy downpour Saturday afternoon as the Masskara Street and Dance Competition School category proceeded as scheduled.

Eleven contingents from the elementary and secondary division participated in Saturday’s dance competition. Last year’s champion in the elementary division also bagged this year’s top award.

Grand champion during Saturday’s dance competition is from Sum-ag Elementary School, which also bagged the best in concept award. [Read more]