The Solili Festival is the highlight of the Araw ng Siquijor charter day celebration. This event is held annually between September 14 through September 17 in Siquijor Province. This is a dance which portrays the courtship period between two Tukmo and Punay where the parents of both the groom and the bride celebrate the union with festivity and give advice on the realities of a married life. The street dance reminisces the courtship period between the two and also serves as a tribute to all the newlyweds embarking on a new life as husband and wife. As the dance proceeds, chants of Solili Binalaye can be heard as well.
The Lubi Festival is held every May in Maria, Siquijor province. This Festival is a joyful expression of thanksgiving in honor of the patron saint Our Lady of the Divine Providence for a bountiful harvest and blessings received from the tree of life locally known as “Lubi” (coconut). Held every 21st of May, the dance contest portraying the festival is one of the highlights of town’s fiesta celebration. This festival celebrates the main source of food and livelihood in Maria, Siquijor, the “Lubi” or coconut. The festival is celebrated with a dance which commemorates the progressive succession of manual manipulation on the fruit of the coconut during harvest. A prelude to the annual town fiesta, some of the highlights are trade fairs and Continue reading
The Saging Festival is held annually on the second week of May in Lazi, Siquijor. Food, fun and more as Lazi town celebrates its town fiesta today in honor of St. Isidore Labradore. Recognizing the importance of saging, or banana in English, in the lives of the people with its many uses, the story of how this plant came to exist is being depicted in dances during the town’s fiesta. This banana festival showcases the different varieties of bananas and a way of praising for the abundance of the harvest. Sports competitions and activities which includes Miss Teen Lazi Pageant, a variety show, dance competitions and a lot more are usually on the schedule of events. The Saging Festival is also done to showcase the variety of bananas and a way of praising for the abundance of the harvest.
The Canoan Festival is held on the last week of April in Larena, Siquijor Province. This festival celebrates the humble beginning of a progressive municipality joyfully expressed by the festivities of food and drinks, depicting the place which was once called “kan-anan” by traders from other places and dances in honor of the patron saint St. Vincent Ferrer who has served as the bastion of the people of Larena, their archangel patriarch to progress. During this celebration, the Canoan Food Street Festival lines the streets of Universal and Magsaysay Streets in Larena, with a schedule of live bands, live performances, and other entertainment to this Siquijor town.
Healing Festival is celebrated during Black Saturday in Cantabon and San Antonio, Siquijor. This is a time when Siquijorian healers and herbalists as well as those from Visayas and Mindanao joined together in the preparation of concoctions made from a variety of tree barks, roots, herbs, insects and other ingredients known to have effective healing powers which were gathered every Friday of the Lenten season from the forests, caves and cemeteries. Preparation takes place on a Black Saturday where the herbalists crowded together in a circle and cook the mixture. They are also famous to produce love potions known to charm people and bring good luck. During this festival, the provincial government provides a venue for all Continue reading
The capital municipality of Siquijor, Siquijor goes into a festive mood every first week of October as the townspeople celebrate its foundation and town fiesta by way of the Dilaab Festival. The Cebuano word for which the festival was named after denotes the unique brand of hospitality and camaraderie its natives are renowned for, and it is fitting that they display it with pride for their fellowmen and tourists to see. The festival also celebrates the town’s natural attractions where it is famous for, and is climaxed by the commemoration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the town’s major patron saint. Continue reading
The Pasiugdang Sikihudnon Festival is held every September in Siquijor Province. This festival is a cultural event during the island’s independence day celebration called “Araw ng Siquijor”. The event is a festival of all festivals showcasing the respective festivals of the six municipalities, including the presentation of the Solili festival dance which depicts the marriage ritual practiced by the Siquijor people since before. Solili dance for years had been presented to the different tourism showcases in the country. The province is an emerging hub of heritage in the Central Visayas with its wide array of cultural and natural attractions which are largely unexplored. He said the feast is derived from the Visayan word “mugna” which literally means beginning or origin, and Continue reading
The Bugwas Festival is held every August in San Juan, Siquijor Province. The festival is held on the last week of August every year. The Bugwas Festival is San Juan’s way of celebrating a bountiful and abundant harvest in honor of their patron saint, St. Augustin of Hippo. Bugwas means a spurt of water coming from an underground source, which flows freely in the open ground. Since San Juan is blessed with abundant spring waters, these waters give the farmers bountiful harvest, the fisher folk with an abundant catch and making and making the life of the people of San Juan happier and fruitful because of a good and bountiful harvest each year.
The Pamukad Festival is held every July 14th in the municipality of Enrique Villanueva in Siquijor. Expressing greatness, joy and thanksgiving of the bountiful catch of fish through the intercession of the Divine power, the Pamukad demonstrated the different fishing routines and rituals of the fisher folks. The festival is held couple of days before July 16 every year which is the town’s fiesta celebration. Drawing guests and visitors from outside areas, the festival has previously featured some of the town’s most colorful displays of ceremony and pageantry, brimmed with the Talntinganons’ talent, natural beauty and indomitable spirit via their performances. Streets were generally lined with Continue reading
Siquijor is the third smallest province in the country both in terms of population and land area, after Camiguin and Batanes. For a time it was sub-province of Negros Oriental. Called Isla del Fuego of the ‘Island of Fire’ by the Spanish before, Siquijor is considered by many Filipinos to be a mystical island, full of witches and other supernatural phenomena.