Negros Oriental will celebrate its annual fiesta October 16-25, on the theme “Building Friendship Worldwide, Opening Development Opportunities”, and will highlight barrio life through a colorful opening parade on October 16.
Nichol Elman, Buglasan 2015 co-director, said 50 barangays were invited to join in the festivities and to produce a grand festival to stimulate economic movement in the province and reinforce Negros Oriental's position as an exciting tourism destination in the Philippines.
He said the “Pista sa Nayon” Buglasan will be a great opportunity for the barangays to showcase the various aspects of native fiesta celebration, and prizes will be given for the most innovative, indigenous and colorful presentations.
Expected to be featured in the opening parade are attires made of indigenous materials, folk dances using native instruments, props normally seen in a barrio setting, such as “kariton”, “karomata”, “rayos” and “tartanilya”, and food commonly served during fiesta celebrations, like the hanging rice, lechon, tinola, linubihang manok, sinugbang isda, tuba, bahal, and linusak nga saging, among others.
All kitchen utensils to be used during the fiesta celebration must be made of native materials, such as “luwag (ladle)” made of coco shell, “kolon (pot)”, banana leaves as plates, “sugong” as jar for “tuba” and “lusong” for the nilusak nga saging.
Elman said after the parade, a boodle fight will be held to foster camaraderie among the participants.
Prizes at stake are P10,000 for the first prize, P8,000 – second, P6,000 – third, and P5,000 as consolation prizes for non-winning entries. Deadline for submission of entries is July 31 .*JG
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