Binulig Festival is the yearly agricultural festival in the city of Panabo, Davao del Norte, Philippines every second week of October. It is a week-long celebration. The city is known as the banana capital of the Philippines and almost 80% of its area is allocated to farming.
History of Binulig Festival
Panabo City used to hold Banana Festival since 2008. It was a celebration of banana, of which the city produces as a major cash crop. Its schedule was set in the last week of March in time for the founding anniversary of the city. About 70% of the city’s total land area is dedicated to banana plantation.
Then in 2013, the first Binulig Festival was launched. Its schedule was set in October. The founding anniversary of the city meanwhile is called Araw ng Panabo, which recalls the establishment of the city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9015 on March 31, 2001.
Its name comes from the word bulig, which refers to a stalk of banana fruits when harvested from the plant. In the context of the festival, it means a cluster or group that is a representation of the unity and harmony among the people of the city. In addition, it is also a celebration for bountiful harvest.
Binulig Festival Activities
Activities for Binulig Festival include sport events and competitions such as cycling, shooting fest, body building, table tennis, chess, etc. There are also events dedicated for farmers, skills building, and entrepreneurship.
Perhaps the highlight is the trade fair in Binulig Agri Village which features booths for display of local products. Another is the Hiyas ng Binulig (roughly translates to Gem of Binulig), a beauty pageant that is regarded the most prestigious in the city. Moreover, its culminating activities are Kasaulogan sa Binulig (Binulig Celebration) and Abundang Ani (Bountiful Harvest) Variety Show.
How to reach Panabo City, Davao del Norte
Book a flight to Davao International Airport and take a bus to Panabo City, which is over 20 kilometers and would take over half an hour of travel.
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