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Festivals & Events of Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur is blooming with festivals that celebrate more than just life. Traditions, customs, delicacies, harvests from the bounty - these are just a few elements that could be found in our festivities. Come and groove with the rhythms as we dance along the streets and end up feasting all-day and all-night.
Sinait Garlic Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
It happens during the 1st to 3rd of May that showcase the talent, ingenuity and hard work trait of Ilocano Farmers in various competition form. It is also known as the Sinait Bawang Festival. The province-wide cooking contest is also held side-by-side with the Search for the Biggest Garlic Bulb and Garlic Bundling, whose categories include Longest Twined Garlic, Creative Bundling, and Bundling Competition which also allows tourist participation.
Viva Vigan Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
Every first week of May, Vigan plays host to visitors for this festival featuring painting and product exhibits, a Calesa parade, and other cultural activities.
Longaniza Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
The Longaniza Festival of Vigan City held every January 22features the “longest Longaniza” with the hope of entering to the Guinness Book of Records as the longest Longaniza of the world. The Longaniza plays a major role in promoting the identity of the city as a major producer of Longaniza which s famous not only locally but also abroad.
Pinakbet Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
A festival celebrating a favorite dish of the Ilocanos, “pinakbet” featuring street dances, cooking competitions. A day to honor the farmer’s industry and housewives cooking skills. competitions where the best of Ifugao crafts are displayed.
Tabako Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
Celebrated every last week of March in Candon City, as thanksgiving for the city's bountiful harvest of tobacco.
Binatbatan Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
The “Heritage City,” as Vigan is known, bursts into merry colors through its Binatbatan Festival, luring hordes of local and foreign tourists to its streets lined up with ancestral houses. The festival got its name from the Iluko term batbatin, or separating cotton balls from the seeds of the local fruit tree kapas sanglay. The cotton balls are then spun and used in weaving the abel, which Chinese merchants then residing in Ciudad Fernandina, the Vigan of old, exported and which was among the local products shipped during the galleon trade from the 15th to the 18th century.
Semana Santa, Ilocos Sur Philippines
St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral is the venue of religious rites during the Holy Week. The Good Friday procession features decorated carrozas bearing life-size statues of Spanish vintage. On Easter Sunday, the dawn celebration depicting the Resurrection of Christ, called “Sabet,” is a scene to behold.
Begnas Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
Kannawidan Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
Vegetable Bowl Festival, Ilocos Sur Philippines
Philippines Cuisine Characteristics
The traditional way of eating is with the hands, especially dry dishes such as inihaw or prito. The diner will take a bite of the main dish, then eat rice pressed together with his fingers.
This practice, known as kamayan, is rarely seen in urbanized areas. However, Filipinos tend to feel the spirit of kamayan when eating amidst nature during out of town trips, beach vacations, and town fiestas.
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