Iligan’s tourist spots closed for Diyandi Festival

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Iligan City' Diyandi Festival showcase "Sayaw Saulog" Tuesday, September 27. The festive street dancing is in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel, Iligan City’s patron saint. (Richel V. Umel)

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Iligan City’ Diyandi Festival showcase “Sayaw Saulog” Tuesday, September 27. The festive street dancing is in honor of Saint Michael the Archangel, Iligan City’s patron saint. (Richel V. Umel)

Two major tourist spots here have been temporarily closed while the city is celebrating Diyandi Festival.

The famous majestic Maria Cristina Falls in Agus 6 and Nature’s Park in Agus 7 hydro electric power plants are closed for viewing since the month of September. Incidentally, the city is celebrating the annual fiesta of St. Michael. Continue reading…

Vibrant colors filled Oro streets in 2016 Higalaay Festival

This vibrant and lively float depicts the character of Cagayan de Oro city - the City of Golden Friendship. Handcrafted by Concentrix who won the Best Float during the Parade of Float and Icons on August 27, 2016. (Joey P. Nacalaban)

This vibrant and lively float depicts the character of Cagayan de Oro city – the City of Golden Friendship. Handcrafted by Concentrix who won the Best Float during the Parade of Float and Icons on August 27, 2016. (Joey P. Nacalaban)

Slowly,  the city of Cagayan de Oro has finally found its character when it comes to holding its feast. Rooted from its defined city of Golden Friendship character – Higalaay Festival was crafted.

In its month-long activities, it highlights the parade of floats and icons. Floats that go with the times and the icons that remind us of how the city evolved from its history to politics. Read more…

Rediscovering culture and tradition in Cantilan’s Sirong Festival

Performers from the town of Cantilan give out their best during the street dancing competition. (Erwin M. Mascariñas)

Performers from the town of Cantilan give out their best during the street dancing competition. (Erwin M. Mascariñas)

After four years in its absence as one of the major festivities in the province of Surigao del Sur, a local organization in the historic town of Cantilan resurrected and rediscovered a traditional cultural celebration known to its inhabitants as Sirong Festival, depicting the people’s resilience amid diversity and conflict. Read more…

Japanese Summer Fiesta in Cebu

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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…

Lang-ay Festival rescheduled

Due to the untimely demise of Mt. Province Governor Leonard Mayaen, the annual Lang-ay Festival was moved to give way for mourning of the death of the father of the province. (Milo Brioso)

Due to the untimely demise of Mt. Province Governor Leonard Mayaen, the annual Lang-ay Festival was moved to give way for mourning of the death of the father of the province. (Milo Brioso)

The untimely demise of Mountain Province Governor Leonard Mayaen on March 31 prompted the organizers of the Lang-ay Festival to reconsider the schedule of events in the province’s festival.

“In a last minute decision, the Lang-ay Organization decided to tentatively reschedule the Lang-ay Festival originally calendared on April 6, 7, and 9 to April 14-16,” Angel Baybay, provincial spokesperson, told Sun.Star Baguio.

1st Coconut festival at Central

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“The idea of this project started as a craving for some coconut juice. And then we realized there is more to coconut than just the juice. One pitched why not have a coconut exhibit for Araw ng Davao? Then the idea grew bigger and as they say, the rest is history”, this was how Felcris Centrale Marketing Officer Jolen Crame and his team came up with the idea of holding a coconut exhibit recently.

Together with the Philippine Coconut Authority the first coconut festival was born, they organized a trade fair, product demos, symposium, variety Show, cooking demo, flair tending competition, beat box showdown, acoustic sessions, drum beaters and beta competition. Read more…

La Trinidad celebrates 35th Strawberry Festival

Benguet State University was among the 19 floats representing the 16 barangays of La Trinidad and other establishments during the Strawberry Festival Street Dance and Float Parade Saturday. (Redjie Melvic Cawis)

Benguet State University was among the 19 floats representing the 16 barangays of La Trinidad and other establishments during the Strawberry Festival Street Dance and Float Parade Saturday. (Redjie Melvic Cawis)

Department of Tourism (DOT) Regional Director lauded efforts of the Valley to create eco-tourism destinations.

Tan, who was guest speaker during Friday’s parade of the 35th Strawberry Festival, said the Valley continues to improve on agro-tourism programs that advance development of the tourism potentials. Read more…

Compostela’s Bulawan Festival: Maragusan tops ‘LGU Pinasikat’

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The second night of Compostela Valley’s 9th Bulawan Festival weeklong celebration last March 4 offered another unique entertainment. This time, it’s the Philippine dances competition participated by the municipal government employees.

Dubbed as the “LGU ‘PINASikat!,” it is conceptualized as interpretation of the Philippine dances showcasing the rich culture of the country thru mixing different dances and movements popularized here in the country. Read more…

35th Strawberry Festival opens

 Ladies from Barangay Poblacion shows off their produce during the opening program and culmination of strawberry lanes and agro-industrial trade fair at the municipal public market as part of the La Trinidad's 2016 Strawberry Festival. (Milo Brioso)

Ladies from Barangay Poblacion shows off their produce during the opening program and culmination of strawberry lanes and agro-industrial trade fair at the municipal public market as part of the La Trinidad’s 2016 Strawberry Festival. (Milo Brioso)

Morning prayers gave way to the opening of the Strawberry Lane and Agro-Industrial Trade Fair in the valley’s market and municipal grounds.

The province capital, La Trinidad has kept the moniker for its fresh berries and stamped its recognition with a Guinness World record for the largest strawberry cake in the 2005 and is known to have a thriving vegetable and strawberry producing town. Read more…