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Samal Island Festivals

2008 September 9
by Randy

DSC09996 Samal Island Festivals

The Philippine people love their festivals. Samal Island is no exception. In fact it seems that they are attempting to have more festivals per capita then anywhere else in the Philippines.

The recently concluded Hugyaw Madayaw Samal festival is a good example of the small, indigenous type of festival that is popular on IGaCoS.

In addition to the aforementioned festival, you can enjoy:

Kabasan Festival – the revival of the anniversary celebration of the then Municipality of Babak, late May

Bat Festival – to promote the Monfort Bat Conservation Park, last week of January

Caracoles Festival – celebrates bounties of the sea and social/cultural heritage of the island, late April

Pangapog Festival – thanksgiving festival to Magbabaya, first weekend in August

Looks like I’ve got a lot of celebrating to look forward to !!

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  1. Ellen permalink
    September 9, 2008

    Hi Randy, yes lots of festivals here. It hasn’t been like this when I left for Canada. At that time, people were still scared to be in crowded areas.

    This is good because it keeps the kids away from trouble. A lot of times, when the kids can’t go to school, and they are not working, they are hanging around gambling and drinking, or just fooling around. Sometimes I see very young girls already pregnant, most of the time they remain single.

  2. Randy C permalink
    September 9, 2008

    Hi Ellen – wonder why the festivals have had a resurgence but it’s nice to know that they serve multiple purposes.

    I really like how colorful the garments are in all the photos I’ve seen, so I’m anxious to see one live.

  3. Ellen permalink
    September 10, 2008

    Yesterday, a lot of workers did not show up. We were told there is a fiesta somewhere – can’t do anything about it – it is just the Filipino way :)

  4. Randy C permalink
    September 10, 2008

    Hi Ellen – I’m going to try that tomorrow with work. I’ll let you know how that goes ;-)

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