Friday, October 14, 2011

Buglasan 2011


Finally, it is the time of the year all the Negrenses have been waiting for.
For us Filipinos, festivals had always been a great deal. It is a celebration for thanksgiving for bountiful harvests of land and sea. Each festival brings out the colorful sights and sounds that are so overwhelming and you cannot help but jive in exultation. This can happen with just a single feast. Every town and city here in the Philippines has at least 1 to celebrate every year.
But has it ever occurred to you that all these towns are going to meet and compete with one another for the so called “Festival of festivals.” Yes, that is correct!
Negros Oriental’s BUGLASAN FESTIVAL is the country’s first Festival of Festivals. All the different festivals of the province meet once a year and show off their magnificence through gathering. The Province of Negros has the following festivals to keep and most of these are secular in nature: SANDUROT (Dumaguete City), TAWO-TAWO (Bayawan City), YAG-YAG (Barangay Cangmating, Sibulan), LANGOB (Mabinay), SIPONG (Bais City), KAPAW (Basay), KINAIYAHAN (Dauin), and BAUL (Zamboanguita). On the other hand, legends related to local patron saints and religious practices are the heart of MASULOG (MASLOG, Sibulan), SINULOG DE TANJAY (Tanjay City), HAMBABALUD (Jimalalud), LIBOD-SAYAW (Bindoy), PASAYAW (Canlaon City), AYUQUITAN (San Jose), BUDYAS (Amlan), and PAKOL (Santa Catalina).


So what are you waiting for? Come and tour Negros Oriental at its finest!

DATE
TIME
EVENT
VENUE
13 Thu
08:00am
Opening of 2 day Buglasan Organic Farm Family Congress
PAO
14 Fri
08:00am
02:00pm
05:00pm
06:00pm
08:00pm
6th Buglasan Farm Family Congress
Grand City-Eide Civic-Military Parade
Buglasan Ecumenical Service
Grand Opening LGU Booths
My Negros Oriental Photo Exhibition
SMB Night
PAO
Dgte. City
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
15 Sat
09:00am
10:00am
02:00pm
05:00pm
Lutong Garbo Sa Sidlakang Negros
Buglasan Chess
Cheerdance Competition
Children Choir Competition
Minus-One Singing Competition Senior Division
Duet & Quartett Competition Senior Division
SMB Night
PAO
NOCC
LLMSCC
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Villagee
Sidl. Village
16 Sun
05:00pm
Rondalla Competition Junior Division
Rondalla Competition Senior Division
Balak, Balitaw Competition
SMB Live Band
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
17 Mon
06:00pm
Bulilit Minus-One singing Competition
Duet & Quartetr Bulilit Division
SMB Live Band
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
18 Tue
08:00pm
Live Band Competition
Sidl. Village
19 Wed
08:09am
07:00pm
Buglasan 9-Ball Tournament
Rap Competition
Pop Dance Competition
San Juan Street
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
20 Thu
07:00pm
Folk Dance Competition Junior & Senior Divisions
Dancesport Competition Junior & Senior Divisions
SMB Night
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
21 Fri
08:00am
02:00pm
08:00pm
Festival of the Festivals Showdown
Festival of the Festivals Streetdance
Buglasan Festival King & Queen Pageant
LLMSCC
Dgte. City
Sidl. Village
22 Sat
08:00am
05:00pm
07:00pm
Buglasan Kayaking and Canoe Adventure Race
Palkwela Game Show
Sponsor Night
Fireworks Competition Part1
SMB Night
Balinsayao
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Rizal Blvrd.
Sidl. Village
23 Sun
11:00am
05:00pm
07:00pm
Outstanding Oriental Negrense Awards Luncheon
Thanks Giving Mass
Cleanest and Greenest School Awards
LGU Booth Awards
Globe Night
Kasikas Sa Boulevard
Fireworks Competition Part2
SMB Night
SNV Con Hall
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Sidl. Village
Rizal Blvrd.
Rizal Blvrd.
Rizal Blvrd
Sidl. Village

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Japan invites you for a free travel

As I do my usual surfing today, I came across a very interesting topic.Japan is inviting 10,000 tourists for a free travel!

Yes! This is not a scam or whatsoever.  Japan was one of the best tourist destinations. Handling its natural beauties, it is still one of the best garden of magnificence in the modern world. Despite being one of the most developed and "high-teched" countries, She has remained her earth-bound assets.

But the recent incidents of earthquakes and exploding power plants affected the country so much. Many tourists are hesitating to visit due to the dangers that they are hearing. In this connection, the Japanese government created the said program. The catch is to have the 10,000 tourists discuss their experiences online, and share all their safe and unforgettable adventures in Japan.

For you to qualify, you must fill out a questionnaire about why you want to visit Japan and how you would feel about visiting it after the said accidents. As an end goal, the Tourism Ministry of Japan hopes to improve and renew the interest of tourism.

Personally, visiting Japan for me is one of my dream-come-true adventure. Maybe I'll try my luck on this!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Dumaguete wants to meet you

The capital city and main port of Negros Oriental. Popularly known as the "City of Gentle People." Where streets are lined with trees and motorcycles, not cars and taxis, dominating the road. A University town where you can see more students than working professionals. Considered as one of the most peaceful and clean city of the Philippines. It houses Silliman University, the first university outside Manila.

Just when you had enough of everyday stress and pressures, you finally reached the point of pressing the PAUSE BUTTON. Your mind started wondering about all the delicious food, breath taking scenery and stillness. Your feet is itching for a relaxing vacation but your mind worries of being practical with regard to expenses. For the first time in a long time, you want to feel alive but you feel so helpless! Unfortunately you do not know where to go.

Everything went into a blur when you realized that vacation this days is too expensive. Suddenly you came across this page and everything went into sublime. Your eyes made a fast stroll on the phrase - Dumaguete, the place where you want to be. And then you became curious...



The "City of Gentle People," is the capital city of Negros Oriental. Many claimed that this was named by none other than Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines national hero, when he stayed for a night on his way to Dapitan City where he was exiled. He was in loved with the charming view of the Boulevard especially during nighttime. It was later then named Rizal Boulevard in his honor.

Dumaguete came from the local term "daguit" which means "to steal" or "to snatch" because it was said that Moro pirates came to the shores of Dumaguit to snatched away young ladies. The Bell Tower (Kampanaryo or Belfry), which served as a testimony to this story, is still standing today and is one of the major tourist attractions of the city. It is said that the tower chimes to warn the local of the pirates when they are approaching. Today, the term still applies as the city snatches you away from the hassles of reality.





It is also known as the "University town" because of the increasing number of students enrolling in colleges and universities in the city. A total of seven universities and colleges in the city are believed to have high literacy standards and efficient education curriculum. Thus, students from all over the archipelago  opted to spend their college life here.Compared to the usual city life, it is less crowded and has a simple laidback atmosphere. This is one of the main reasons why a lot of tourists and visitors come. It is a place where you can still see tree-lined streets, with motorcycles rather than the usual cars and taxis, dominating the road. Everything about it is simple and serene. A place where you can find solace - from its people to the various places surrounding the city.