Dumaguete City is the proud host of the annual Buglasan Festival, touted as one of the country’s most colorful festivals. The word buglasan is derived from buglas — the tall, napier-like reeds which once covered the island of Negros.
Buglasan Festival 2012 (Photo Courtesy of Byahilo.com)
The natives and residents of Negros Oriental would also refer to their island as buglas, relating to the upheaval during which the island was ripped off (buklas) from a larger land mass. Dubbed Buglasan Festival in memory of the beginnings of Negros, when its cultural character began to take shape, the event is celebrated every October which usually consists of booth exhibits, indigenous culinary competitions, street dancing, parade, and presentations of various local cultural productions.
Founded in 1981, Buglasan has been adopted as an annual provincial festivity since 2002. A celebration of thanksgiving for bountiful harvests of land and sea, it aims to promote the province’s destinations and encourage the active participation of communities in the revival, conservation, and propagation of its culture and arts. For this year, a total six (6) component cities and nineteen (19) municipalities of Negros Oriental will be participating in a ten-day festival showdown to be held from 12-21 October.
“The Buglasan Festival is a great opportunity to showcase the beauty and bounty of Negros Oriental. It is an occasion to bring out the best of the province, as well as highlight the creativity and talents of Oriental Negrense portrayed through cultural activities and exhibits,” Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. said.
“We urge our foreign and local visitors to witness this spectacular battle of festivals. For those with limited time, this festivity provides a “one-stop venue” for the public to learn about the different local fiestas of participating towns and cities in Negros. This also marks the festival’s role in showing the province’s solidarity in validating the promise of a more fun Philippines,” Secretary Jimenez adds.