Municipality of Lambunao
3rd District, Province of Iloilo
The indigenous Visayan group of Panay Bukidnon also known as Suludnon are a group of people who reside in the mountainous areas of Capiz-Lambunao. Considered to be the only culturally indigenous group of Visayan language-speakers in the whole of Western Visayas, The Suludnons live in small disconnected settlements and have retained their own culture, their own unique forms of dance and music, which they have preserved through the ages, surviving through years of colonial invasions.
Reflecting their rich cultural ancestry, Lambunao highlights their most highly developed art, its Binanog dance through the annual celebration of Binanog Festival. Enhanced by their colourful costumes using detailed needlework and complex gong-bamboo musical accompaniment, the festival is celebrated every 2nd week of January.
The Binanog dance has three varieties: (1) Binanugan which imitates the movements of the birds; (2) Inagong Sayaw-Sayaw or the celebration dance; and (3) Dinagmay or the courtship dance. With the symbolic beating of a gong, pairs move in these simple varieties that involve the extension of the arms, flapping in unison with various foot works. Dancers, normally in pairs pace themselves as they move to the steady heartbeat of the gong and dancing for attention with each other. The climax of the dance features the intricate moves and the recognizable swinging of the shawl taken from the waist of the female dancer as she captures her male partner.
The Sulodnons wear their traditional clothing. For the female, the lower part is a Patadyong, a cotton fabric in plaid patterns of red, blue, yellow, green and pink with white borders and is considered as the most popular hinabol, the term given to any hand-woven fabric made out of fibrous materials. The top is of bell sleeves known as Saipang and is embellished with multi-coloured needlework locally known as Tubok and is done with their own deft hands. Their outfit is accentuated by a Pudong, a headpiece of old coin and a Biningkit, a neckpiece of old coins with glass beads.
Binanog Festival is an opening salvo for Iloilo’s year-long of municipal and city festivities. Visitors from near and far gather to enjoy Lambunao’s warm fellowship and rural charm.
1st week of February
Municipality of Miag-ao
1st District, Province of Iloilo
Salakayan, coined from a Hiligaynon term “salakay” or “ to attack,” is a street dance-drama that merges arts, lore and customs of the town. It tells of personal power and daily activities of the people. The main theme depicts the victorious battle waged by the locals against Muslim marauders sometime in 1754. An important historical occasion for the people of Miag-ao, this annual festivity attracts guests to its week-long activity of Food Fair, Agro-industrial and Trade Fair, Fluvial Parade, Higante contest, Literary Musical contest, Evening Socials and the hablon and patadyong Fashion show.
Municipal Tourism Officer
Contact nos.: (033) 3158050.
Last Sunday of January
A more lavish and choreographed version of Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan, the festival is recognized as the country’s most popular, consistently attracting local and foreign tourists as well as devotees of the Sto. Niño or the Child Jesus. The festivity is a competition participated in by tribes with soot-painted warriors with dance patterns displaying varieties of movements and often using their spears, shields or the image of the child Jesus. Formalized patterns, such as straight lines or circular formations emerge as dancers display their skills to the deafening beat of the drums.
City Tourism Officer
Contact nos.:(033) 337-2172 / (033) 366-7572
Last Saturday of January
Happening on the Saturday of the Dinagyang celebration, Kasadyahan is also a street parade where tribes perform in judging areas. However, the tribes performing in the Kasadyahan are given a freehand with regards to concepts and interpretation. It has a more varied theme, usually portraying slices of local history. The presentation is mostly theatrical and is participated by various towns showcasing the different festivals of Iloilo Province. Here, performers are not required to paint themselves in black and can wear any costume they want depending on their concept, and music is not only limited in the use of drums.
DR. EDEN DERIADA
City Tourism Officer
Contact nos: (033) 3372172.
Nang Palang’s Buko pie is Oton’s pride and is a well-known pasalubong for tourists when in the area.
Started in 1972 by Mrs. Elena Tingson, the pie has become a favorite of many Ilonggos. It has become synonymous not only to Oton but to Iloilo. Ninety percent of their sales daily come from selling buko pie which they can dispose a number of 300 boxes daily.
There are also variations of the pie, which are similar but use slightly different ingredients, such as buko-pandan, egg, mango, pineapple, buko-langka, buko-pina, ube and chicken. They use only the freshest ingredients, which is why their pies differ from any other available in the market, as it is thick and sticky. They also sell bibingka, cassava cake and processed food as well.
For orders and for a quick tour at their processing area, please contact Mrs. Elena Tingson at (033) 3360954 or 09398046202.
The present structure of St. Thomas of Villanova Parish was started in December of 1786 abd was finished 1797.
As a place of worship and as a fort used in defending the town against MORO raid, the church boasts its artistic facade Decorated with a relief sculpture of St. Christopher carrying the Christ child amidts coconut, papaya and guava shrubs. In February 16, 1963, it was awarded a historical maker by the Philippine Historical Commission; declared a national shrine though Presidential Decree No. 260 in August 1, 1973; and was listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1994, the only one in Visayas and Mindanao.
Casa Fiametta in Barangay Tabucan, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo is an inland resort and ranch that offers riding, camping and kayaking activities, with bike trails and a pool, a riding school that offers lessons on English Equitation with modules from basic, intermediate and advanced courses, air-conditioned log cabins with bath suitable for singles, couples and for family.
For more information, please call 09207124912 or visit their website: http://www.casafiammetta.com/
If you are looking for the ultimate tropical paradise, set your sights on Cabugao islands. Cabugao Islands is made up of two islands called Cabugao Gamay (small Cabugao) and Cabugao Daku (big Cabugao).
It is part of a group of islands called Isla de Higantes in Carles, Iloilo.
Immerse yourself in an oasis of natural tranquility. Both Cabugao Islands boasts of white sand beaches without all the crowds, the perfect spot to relax, slow down and get into the groove of the real tropical paradise. Sprawl by the warm turquoise waters on Cabugao Gamay while enjoy an underground adventure in Cabugao Daku
Nito is a type of vine that grows clinging on trees and rocks. To use the vine, it must be gathered and then expose to sunlight to dry.
As an art material, it does not need to be treated by soaking, scraping or hacking processes to enhance its natural beauty and color. The elements are mostly flat flexible strips popular for in matting. The weavers of Nagpana uses nito to produce beautiful baskets, hats, bags, coin purses, coasters, placemats, bracelets and even rings.
Nito weaving is this Barotac Viejo community is the primary means of increasing their income. In fact, they organized themselves as The Nagpana Nito Weavers Group that was established in 2005.
This one hectare tract to the Catholic Cemetery of Janiuay located east from the Poblacion, situated between barangays Aquino-Nobleza and Damu-og was built in 1875.
Built on top of a hill. it is one of the most beautiful of its kind in this country. It is made up of three grand arched entrance gates with individual staircases. The octagonal-shaped capilla, partially overgrown with plants and shrubs, is the centerpiece of the cemetery. The cemetery was finished In November 20, 1885.
Photos by Jun Fuerte