Kawayan Festival

Kawayan Festival is a religious and cultural festival in the town of Alegria of Cebu, Philippines every December 2 to 3. It is held in honor of the patron saint of the town, St. Francis Xavier.

It is one of the cultural festivals participating in Pasigarbo sa Sugbo.

What is Kawayan Festival in Alegria, Cebu?

The name of the fest comes from kawayan, the local word for bamboo. According to the tourism office of the provincial government of Cebu, this annual event is aimed to “…promote the town through one of its sources of livelihood that is using bamboo as materials for creating products of various sorts.”

Devotion to St. Francis Xavier

People living in Alegria called the settlement Tubod, which is a local word for spring. Its name was changed to a Spanish word that means jovial or happy.

The church that was established in the colonial period was a visita of Samboan Parish (founded in 1784), itself formerly a visita of Barili Church (1614). It separated and became an independent parish on May 4, 1857 and placed under the patronage of St. Francis Xavier.

Kawayan Festival Activities

In 2023, its events included mass wedding, entertainment and variety shows, agro fair at the Alegria Heritage Park, beauty pageant (Binibining Alegria, Alegria Fiesta Queen), and music festival called Bayle.

How to reach Alegria, Cebu

From Mactan International Airport, take a cab or bus to South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. Take a bus ride for a trip to Bato via Barili and disembark at the town proper of Alegria.


Kawayan Festival Summary

NameKawayan Festival
CelebrationBamboo, Culture, Religion
ChurchSt. Francis Xavier Church
Contact(032) 476 7092
DateDecember 3
LocationAlegria, Cebu
OrganizerMunicipal Government of Alegria
PatronSt. Francis Xavier
ReligionRoman Catholic