Balayong Festival in Puerto Princesa

Balayong Festival PalawanThe Balayong Festival is held every March in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. This event commemorates the founding anniversary of the Puerto Princesa highlighted by balayong tree-planting, street dancing and colorful floral parade depicting the Palawan Cherry Blossoms from which the festival derived its name. A merry mixture of socio-civic, cultural, historical, and sports activities are part of the run events. At the ‘Tabuan’ parade (tabuan means ‘marketplace’), farmers fisherfolks, market vendors, traders and buyers showcase the city’s best products and revel as a thanksgiving for blessings and bountiful harvest.

One of the most popular flowering trees in Palawan is the Palawan cherry, known by the locals as the Balayong, a beautiful tree that when is in full bloom resembles the cherry blossoms of Japan. On 2005 the City Government started the 1st Balayong Festival and planted a thousand trees in the nature park to revive the Palawan Cherry’s former splendor. On October 28, 2005 the City Council of Puerto Princesa unanimously declared March 4th as Balayong Festival Day, during which take place celebrations commemorating the founding anniversary of the City of Puerto Princesa.

Among the festival highlights are balayong tree-planting, street dancing and colorful floral parades depicting the Palawan Cherry Blossoms. A merry mixture of socio-civic, cultural, historical, and sports activities are part of the run events. At the ‘Tabuan’ parade (tabuan means ‘marketplace’), farmers fisherfolks, market vendors, traders and buyers showcase the city’s best products and revel as a thanksgiving for blessings and bountiful harvest.

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