Pamuhuan Festival

Pamuhuan Festival, also referred to as Pinamuohan Festival is the town-wide cultural and religious celebration in Pinamungajan, Cebu, Philippines every May 4. It is timed to coincide with the fiesta of St. Monica, the patron of the town.

It is one of the cultural fests that joins the yearly Pasigarbo sa Sugbo of the Cebu Provincial Government every August.


Pamuhuan Festival comes from pamuhuan, which is also the origin of the name of the town. It may mean either share of a worker in a farm harvest or after betel fruit that was called bunga.

History of Pamuhuan Festival

Pamuhuan Festival was launched within the term of Mayor Geraldine Yapha in 2008. Its festival director was Val Sandiego of Sandiego Dance Company.

It was created by the municipal government as a response to the Cebu Provincial Government’s initiative that encouraged the creation of festivals as an expression and promotion of the town’s culture, identity, history, and tradition.

It has grown to become an annual event that is a “vehicle for camaraderie and unity among its people” and a “showcase of our past, present and future as we celebrate the abundance of nature for Pinamungajan’s progress.”

The annual fest also gives a toast to agriculture and is also a platform for thanksgiving as well as a proud display of the town’s products, namely coconut and bangus (milkfish). Pinamungajan is one of the leading producers of bangus in Cebu province.

It has also become an avenue to exhibit the town’s many tourist attractions such as Campalabo Island, spelunking, waterfalls in Lamac, and rice hills.

Devotion to St. Monica

Pamuhuan Festival is also the time to show devotion through the fiesta of St. Monica, the patron of the town. Augustinian missionaries erected the church as a visita of Barili, one of the first parishes created at the start of the conquest.

It was created into an independent parish on September 4, 1850 and Fr. Feliciano Fuentes was assigned as its first parish priest. The stone church was created in the latter part of the 19th century, and the present-day church is the result of many improvements through the years.

Pamuhuan Festival Activities

Activities for Pamuhuan Festival includes beauty pageant (Miss Pinamungajan Tourism, Search for Ginoong Pinamungajan), various sports events, food market, performing arts, variety shows, cultural presentations, etc

How to reach Pinamungajan, Cebu

From Mactan International Airport, go to South Bus Terminal and take a bus to Pinamungajan.


Pamuhuan Festival Summary

NamePamuhuan Festival
ChurchSanta Monica Parish
Contact(032) 468-9319
DateMay 4
FounderGeraldine Yapha
LocationPinamungajan, Cebu
OrganizerMunicipal Government of Pinamungajan
PatronSt. Monica
ReligionRoman Catholic