The town of Janiuay previously conducted Sadsad sa Kalye Festival starting in 2000. And then in 2005, the municipal government through Mayor Bienvenido P. Margarico launched the first Lanot Festival through Exec. Order No. 2005-22. It was a celebration of the abaca fiber and the livelihood that it supports through its cultivation and productions.
Finally, it launched the first Surong Festival in 2012. It is an eco-agri festival held every April that is conducted as a show of unity of its people. The highlight is the kinabun, the cultural dances showcased by the participating institutions in the town. These performances portray their rich tradition, history, culture, and heritage. It is also geared as a tourism program that works to invite visitors to many historical and tourist attractions such as the Spanish colonial-era San Julian Parish Church, Janiuay Catholic Cemetery, World War II Japanese pillboxes, and other beautiful spots.
Its activities were put on hold in 2020, 2021, and 2022 due to coronavirus pandemic.
How to reach Janiuay, Iloilo
Book a flight to Iloilo International Airport and take a bus to the town of Janiuay on a trip that covers around 30 kilometers and about an hour and half of travel time.
- Bombette G. Marin. Janiuay launches ‘Lanot’ Festival. The News Today. December 2, 2005. Retrieved November 9, 2022
- Surong Festival is a Celebration of Culture. Travel to the Philippines. June 11, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2022