Sibulan yag-yag festival street dancing scene

Yagyag Festival in Sibulan

The Yagyag Festival in Sibulan is based on the spawning ritual performed by the thousands of land crabs such as the “Cagang” (cardisoma carnifes) and “Alalasan” (episesarman singaparense) along the shores and riverbanks of Barangay Cangmating during the last quarter of the year.

The phenomenon alerts the barrio folks to prepare their covered bamboo baskets (Bakat), torches made of dried coconuts leaves (sulo), and banboo crab traps (pasgong) to move out to the spawning grounds to gather the crabs.

This offers a livelihood income for the barrio folks as they can exchange or barter it with farm crops from neighboring barangays, aside from it its providing delicious scrumptious meals in their respective homes.

The Roots of YagYag Festival

Sibulan yag yag festival in Dumaguiete

From that lasting tradition the Yagyag Festival was born, to preserve and honor the custom of harvesting crabs during the Yagyag or spawning season. The Barangay government initiated holding the Yagyag Festival, six purok composing Barangay Cangmating enter into a friendly competition with each other by depicting or imitating the movements of the crabs during the courting, mating and spawning process.

The movements dramatize the traits inherent in the Filipino’s unity, solidarity, heroism, and self sacrifice to preserve the community and the nation.

To commemorate this generous natural resource, the Barangay folks stage the Yagyag Festival where imitate the movements of the land crabs in lively rhythms. The festival culminates in a celebration of the cycle of life those windows Cangmating with nutrition and livelihood.

The YagYag Street-Dance Competition

Sibulan yag-yag-festival

Sibulan yag-yag-festival

The competition is widely awaited by residents of neighboring barangays, municipalities and cities because of the very colorful and unique presentations, the skills and the ability of the dancers, their creativity in portraying the crabs as well as the camaraderie displayed by all residents before and during the festival.

A salient feature of the festival is the imitation and mimicking of the land crabs characteristics by demonstrating through dance their unity and  solidarity by keeping close ranks and moving along a common agenda that propagating their kind and of protecting their young. Through this tapestry and choreography, the crabs have renewed their existence in this unending cycle of life.

Sibulan yag-yag festival street dancing scene

Sibulan yag-yag festival street dancing scene

YagYag Festival – a True Champion

The festival has been adjudged the National Champion of the 2003 best of the bests, WOW Philippines best festival and street dancing and the 2005 Sinulog de Cebu street Dancing Competition Grand Champion.

Check out our gallery of Sibulan’s YagYag Festival 2014

 

Ultra Marathon 100 KM Negros Oriental

Negros Oriental 100 – Ultramarathon 2013

When you get out of breath walking 3 laps at the oval or the Boulevard, you certainly don’t qualify for the first Negros Oriental 100 Kilometer Ultramarathon.

Ultra Marathon 100 KM Negros Oriental

The first Negros Oriental 100 Ultramarathon will take be held on December 14, 2013. The Ultramarathon starts  in Dumaguete at 5:00 pm and takes the runner to the south. Bacong, Dauin and Zamboanguitais passing Siaton before heading north again via Sta. Catalina all the way to Bayawan City. Each 10 kilometers are service-stations.

One of the requirements to participate in the Negros Oriental 100 Ultramarathon is the previous finishing of a 50 Kilometer run.

Fees for the Negros Oriental 100 Ultramarathon

P1,250.00 registration fee includes the runner’s bib, the 10 Aid stations, finisher’s medals, commemorative t-shirt, and a meal at the finish line.

A free bus ride back to Dumaguete City by 1:00 PM is also included if you make the cut-off time which is 24 hours after the start.

Press Release of the Negros Oriental 100 Ultramarathon

ABOUT Negros Oriental 100

These past few years, road runs and marathons are conducted with such regularity in almost any big city in the Philippines. Race organizers usually do this to promote a healthy lifestyle among the people, and to help boost sports-tourism activities in their respective places.
But one can only run in any particular place so many times; otherwise, it could get pretty boring. More and more runners are now curious about other running adventures in other places in the country; this is precisely what we want to offer you here in Negros Oriental, in the central part of the Philippines.

The Negros Oriental Ultra-marathon 100-km offers you — and being designed to those who have yet to conquer their FIRST 100k Ultra-marathon — the opportunity to run along the asphalted highway of Negros Oriental starting at 5pm through the sunset, and meeting the sunrise the next day until about 5pm, giving you a breathtaking view between the Mindanao Sea and the Cuernos de Negros mountain range.

Negros Oriental 100 is one of the highlights in the celebration of the Charter Day of the City of Bayawan which culminates on Dec. 23.

With the prodding and support of the Negros Oriental-based Metro Dumaguete Roadrunners Club (MDRC) and the Dumaguete Adventure Runners & Striders (DARS), this Negros Oriental is organized by the Negros Oriental Sports Development Program (NOSDEP) of the Office of the Governor of Negros Oriental, and the Fiesta Committee of Bayawan City.

While all efforts are in place with aid stations spaced every 10-km distance to ensure the safety and well-being of the ultra-marathoners and the organizers, the Provincial government of Negros Oriental, the City government of Bayawan, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Army, and the co-host local government units of Dumaguete City, the municipalities of Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita, Siaton, and Sta. Catalina, and the race sponsors shall be free from any liabilities or claims for damages arising injuries or mishaps for the duration of the ONe100 ultra-running.Negros Oriental 100-519x400

SCENIC RACE ROUTE

The Negros Oriental 100 race route is not only fun; it also has a number of photo-ops. It begins at the Provincial Capitol in the University Town of Dumaguete City, running along Rizal Boulevard (where Jose Rizal walked along the promenade, met some locals, and gave Dumaguete the monicker “City of Gentle People”), then Colon St. (the City’s oldest) where you could see the 18th century Bell Tower. Then the route takes you south to Km. 7 to the town of Bacong, birthplace of Philippine hero Pantaleon Villegas, more known by his nom de guerre Gen. Leon Kilat.

On to hilly roads of the town of Dauin in Km. 16. By Km. 25 is the jump-off point to Apo Island, one of the world’s Top 5 Dive Spots. Then you move on to the town of Zamboanguita by Km. 28, where the Japanese Imperial Forces Command surrendered to the Filipinos during World War II. Then up through the winding and hilly slopes of the enchanted town of Siaton by Km. 32, the original site chosen by the United States for their air base in the Philippines. You don’t stop until you reach the town of Sta. Catalina in Km. 90, Negros Oriental’s rice granary. And on to the FINISH LINE in the Sundown City of Bayawan.

 

Schedule for the Negros Oriental 100

Registration Period Oct. 15 to Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Race Day Assembly (Dec. 14, 2013 in Dumaguete City)

• 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon — Claiming of Race Packet at the Booth Area fronting the Capitol
• 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM ——Check-in, Marking of bibs, Checking of Running Gear, Race Briefing at Booth Area. Bags will be transported to Bayawan City.
• 4:30 PM to 4:50 PM ——-Brief Program
• 5:00 PM —— Gun Start (with MDRC and DARS 5km send-off run)

Post Race (Dec. 15, 2013 in Bayawan City)

• 11:00 AM onwards ——-Awarding of Commemorative Finisher’s Medals and Shirts
• 12:00 Noon & onwards—-Serving of meals and drinks at the Terminal Hotel Lobby
• 5:00 PM Awarding of Top 3 Finishers (Male and Female)

Happy Running

Valencia Fiesta 2014

Valencia Fiesta 2014

Valencia Fiesta 2014

The municipality of Valencia is celebrating its annual Fiesta from October 03 – October 11 2014. Here the Schedule of Events of the Valencia Fiesta 2014

October 03-11, 2014 – daily Novena Mass—Church

Friday, October 03, 2014

Opening Salvo , Halad Sayaw, Presentation of Miss Valencia Candidates,

Fireworks Display – Church/ Municipal Street/Plaza

Saturday, October 04, 2014

8:00AM to 5:00PM Tabo sa Banay with Games – Plaza

Evening –  Live Band- Plaza

Sunday October 05. 2014

8:00AM to 5:00PM Tabo sa Banay with Games – Plaza

7:00PM October,05 2014 Open Vocal Duet Competition –Municipal Gym

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Talent Night Municipal Gym

Thursday,  October 09, 2014

7:00PM A Night with Los Viajeros of Eat Bulaga – Municipal Gym

Friday October 10, 2014

Mutya ng Valencia 2014 – Municipal Gym

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Parade and inter-school Folk dance Competition Municipal Street & Plaza

1:00PM Folk dance Competition—Municipal plaza

Evening  DISCO—Municipal Gym

Sunday October 12 2014    

10:00AM Pontifical Mass – Church

8:00PM DISCO Municipal Gym

 Happy Fiesta 2014