The Sulyog Festival is an annual celebration in the municipality of Bongabong, located in the province of Oriental Mindoro. The festival’s name “Sulyog” is a blend of the Mangyan word “suli” which translates to banana and the Tagalog term “niyog” which means coconut. This festival is celebrated every March 19th, which coincides with the Feast Day of the town’s patron saint, St. Joseph.
The Sulyog Festival is a celebration of the town’s agricultural heritage and features a variety of events, including a street parade, cultural performances, and an entertainment night. The festival is a colorful and vibrant display of the town’s culture and traditions, and is a must-see for anyone visiting the area.
On the afternoon of March 19th, people gather to watch the street dancing performances of students from various schools competing for the Sulyog Festival. The festival is not only a celebration of culture and tradition but also a spectacle of vibrant colors that captivates the audience. The well-prepared costumes, props, and dances showcase the essence and heart of the festival. After the street dancing, participants gather at the Magdalena Umali Suyon Memorial School to showcase their dance performances and compete in the Sulyog Festival dance competition.
And in the evening, the local government of Bongabong organized an entertainment night for the community to enjoy after a day of festivities.
For this unique cultural experience, make sure to visit Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro on March 19th to celebrate the Sulyog Festival. And even if you can’t make it for the festival, there are plenty of other attractions to see in Bongabong all year round.
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