Ne­gros Ori­en­tal opens 37th Bu­glasan Fes­ti­val

Manila Bulletin - - Visayas News - By MINERVA BC NEWMAN

DUMAGUETE CITY — The 37th edi­tion of Ne­gros Ori­en­tal’s Bu­glasan Fes­ti­val got off the wraps Satur­day, with lo­cal govern­ment units (LGUs) and barangays par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fes­ti­val’s street danc­ing show­down here while other fes­tiv­i­ties, ex­hibits and ac­tiv­i­ties perked up the pro­vin­cial capi­tol grounds.

“Ex­actly ten days from to­day, we will cel­e­brate the 37th edi­tion of Bu­glasan Fes­ti­val in the prov­ince of Ne­gros Ori­en­tal. It is a time of thanks­giv­ing and merry-mak­ing for our peo­ple,” said Ne­gros Ori­en­tal gov­er­nor Roel Deg­amo.

Deg­amo said this year’s cel­e­bra­tion re­flects the pro­vin­cial govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to make the prov­ince a pre­mier eco-tourism des­ti­na­tion.

“We have ar­ranged a bunch of ac­tiv­i­ties for the en­ter­tain­ment of our for­eign and lo­cal vis­i­tors alike,” he said.

Deg­amo said other ac­tiv­i­ties and high­lights of the 12-day fes­ti­val are the 2018 Fes­ti­val of Fes­ti­vals street danc­ing and show­down com­pe­ti­tion, Miss Ne­gros Ori­en­tal 2018, award­ing of the 2018 Sid­lak NegOrense for Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ser­vice win­ners, and the dif­fer­ent cul­tural dance and mu­si­cal per­for­mances in key ar­eas around the city.

Bu­glasan Fes­ti­val co-chair­man Dr. Ni­chol El­man ex­plained that the Bu­glasan Fes­ti­val is Ne­gros Ori­en­tal’s “Fes­ti­val of Fes­ti­vals”.

He said within the 10-day fes­tiv­i­ties, towns and cities in the prov­ince will show­case their own lo­cal cul­ture, artistry, crafts­man­ship, and tal­ents of its res­i­dents.

“Bu­glasan Fes­ti­val is where they can also get to fea­ture their top lo­cal tourist at­trac­tions and pro­mo­tions at their re­spec­tive LGU booth,” El­man added.

Among the 20 LGUs and barangays con­firmed to com­pete in the Fes­ti­val of Fes­ti­vals show­down and street dancers from Dumaguete City, Sibu­lan, Pam­plona, Man­juyod and Mabi­nay while the com­pet­ing barangays are Barangay Asagra and Sta. Cruz Nuevo in Tan­jay City, Barangay Cadaw­inonan and Barangay Ti­nago in Dumaguete City.

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