Buglasan Festival 2014

Every third week of October the province of Negros Oriental celebrates its founding anniverary in a week-long fiesta known as the Buglasan Festival. This year I decided to visit Dumaguete to witness the streetdancing competition. This is my first time to attend the fiesta and I am very much excited to see the burst of colors in Dumaguete’s streets.


We arrived in Dumaguete City just in time for the streetdancing parade to start. We went straight to the Boulevard to witness the parade. I am truly amazed at the colorful and elaborate costumes worn by the dancers. Truly, they were works of art and a pride of Negrense artistry.

Their dances too are very graceful. The dancers did not mind the scorching heat of the sun. They gave out their best performances to the delight of the cheering crowd.


Once the parade was over we also walked down the streets until we reached the parade’s last stop at the provincial capitol.

Feeling tired and hungry we decided to grab some foods. In Negros, chicken inasal has been a popular choice during fiestas. I opted to get pecho (thigh) with rice on the side.

The streetdancing competition is just one of the main events of the annual Buglasan Festival. There are other events lined up for the festival like concerts trade fair fireworks competition and the nightly band show.


I may not have covered all of the events of Buvlasan but thus gives me more reason to go back again next year. And yes, i have fully enjoyed every minute I stayed in Dumaguete

I am already counting the days until my next visit to the City of Gentle People!

Jovial events lined up for fiesta celeb

Jovial and momentous activities have been lined up for year’s celebration of the Dagupan City fiesta on December 1 to 30 carrying the theme “Celebrate Life.”

 City fiesta executive committee chair Maria Librada Reyna stressed that all fiesta activities organized by the city government and some private sectors are in line with the city’s vision to make it bigger and better for Dagupeños and Pangasineses here and abroad.

 Fiesta-goers will be feted with street parties, concerts, social activities, art exhibits, trade expo, costume and lantern parades, cultural shows, drum and bugle exhibitions, fireworks display, various talent competitions, among others.

 To contribute to the festive mood and colorful theme of the fiesta, a search for the best Dagupan fiesta PUJ, tricycle and calesa will be launched on December 7. The entries will parade the entire stretch of the downtown area during the Lim-mewawa caravan, a citywide fiesta motorcade, on December 16.

 On the same day, the multi-awarded University of Luzon drum and bugle corp will have its exhibition.

A grand fiesta parade dubbed “Pakislapan” featuring the participants of the lantern and costume competition will enthrall the crowd on December 22.

 Free concert performances by the country’s hottest rock bands Sponge Cola and Calla Lily will entertain Dagupeños on December 14, 7pm, at the People’s Astrodome.

 On December 19, high school students from public and private schools will outperform each other during the Inter high school cheerdance competition at the Malimgas Market.


A dance festival and cultural show is slated on December 22 at the People’s Astrodome followed by Himig Pasko, a grand choral competition, on the 23rd at the city plaza.

 On the other hand, Dagupan fiesta is not just about pleasure but it also serves as a venue for reunions among various clans and organizations in the city, such as: Patrima Night (Dec.17), Barangay Health Workers Day (Dec17), Banker’s Night (Dec. 19), Senior Citizens Night (Dec.20), MADAVFE Night (Dec21), SK Night (Dec.21), Educator’s Night (Dec. 22), Pankakasakey na Sangkakanayon (Dec.23), Barangay Night (Dec. 27), DCNHS Alumni Homecoming Night (Dec. 28), Pawil Dagupan Night (December 29), Dalton Clan Night (Dec. 29), and Rotary Night (Dec. 30).

 The celebration of the annual fiesta is in honor of St. John the Evangelist, the city’s patron saint whose feast day is December 26. (Leziel T. Cayabyab)

City Fiesta preparation in full swing

Dagupan City’s preparation in staging the 2006 Dagupan City fiesta is in full swing as the calendar of activities that are worth the attention and visit not only from local guests but international tourists as well are already lined up for this year’s celebration.

 According to Coun. Librada “Dada” Reyna, 2006 fiesta hermana mayor, this year’s celebration will not only focus on the major events done each year but will also highlight worthwhile activities for Dagupeño children and their families since the fiesta coincides with the Christmas season.

 Reyna bared that this year’s theme “Celebrate Life” will feature various events ranging from social, educational, economic, cultural, sports and religious activities.

 She said that this year’s celebration promises to be a globally spectacular event through a series of activities that include the trade expo, family carnival, singing contest, dance festival, photo contest, sportsfest, beauty pageant, garden show, car show, street party, acrobatic show, dog show, cheerdance competition, fluvial parade, street parade, lantern and costume parade, live bands, cultural entertainments, homecomings, fireworks display, among others.

 ”We want to let our guests, especially Dagupeños, know that aside from witnessing the traditional events, they will also experience new and exciting activities,” Reyna pointed out.

 In connection with the preparation of the fiesta celebration, the hermana mayor said she started meeting with the chairpersons of various events committee in as early as June 28.

 ”We will not be able to stage all these activities without the support of the community and the private sector,” she stressed.

 The month-long celebration of the city fiesta is slated on December 1 to 30. (Leziel T. Cayabyab)