The Province of Oriental Negros once again hosted the annual Buglasan Festival, touted as one of the country’s most colorful festivals held from 12-21 October 2012 at several venues in Dumaguete City.
The word buglasan is derived from buglas — the tall, napier-like reeds which once covered the island of Negros. 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.
Congratulations to the Winners:
Buglasan Festival 2012 Street Dancing
3rd Place goes- Tawo-Tawo Festival (Bayawan City)
2nd Place goes- Sandurot Festival (Dumaguete City)
Grand Champion- Pakol Festival (Sta. Catalina)
Best in Costume Contingent- Tawo-Tawo Festival
Best in Choreography- Pakol Festival
Best in Drum-corps- Sandurot Festival Best in Street Dance- Pakol Festival
Best Entourage- Bayawan City
Best in Costume Buglasan Queen- Jimalalud
Best in Costume Buglasan King- Tanjay City
Best in Barong- Sandurot Festival
Best in Filipiniana- Bais City
Best Speaker for Buglasan Queen- Bais City
Best Speaker for Buglasan King- Dumaguete City
Best Performer Award for Festival King- Sta Catalina
Best Performer Award for Festival Queen- Dumaguete City
Best Designer for the Festival King- Tanjay City
Best Designer for the Festival Queen- Jimalalud