Negros Occidental bird festival draws 10,000 crowd

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Provincial of Government of Negros Occidental has reached the target 10,000 participants and guests in its hosting of the 11th Philippine Bird Festival from November 24 to 27.

Themed “Pagpanghangkat sa aton tanan, kabuhing ilahas aton amligan,” the four-day activity ended on Sunday.

Records of the Provincial Environment Management Office (Pemo) showed that simultaneous activities in different local government units (LGUs) like the cities of Sagay, Victorias, Silay and Bago, and towns of San Enrique, Pontevedra and Murcia, among others have drawn almost 4,000 participants, mostly community-based. Continue reading->

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…

SM Foundation holds harvest festival

Some of the farmer-beneficiaries pose with Cristie S. Angeles (center), SM Foundation assistant vice president for livelihood and outreach programs, during the harvest festival in Talisay City. (Contributed Foto)

Some of the farmer-beneficiaries pose with Cristie S. Angeles (center), SM Foundation assistant vice president for livelihood and outreach programs, during the harvest festival in Talisay City. (Contributed Foto)

SM Foundation Inc., together with Harbest Agribusiness Corp., led the “Harvest Festival” in Barangay Jaclupan, Talisay City, Cebu.

Over 90 farmers from Barangays Lagtang and Jaclupan completed the 12-week training under SM Foundation’s Kalabalikat sa Kabuhayan farmer’s training program (KKFTP). 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…