Turogpo Festival is a water buffalo festival and Black Saturday event in the village of Camansi in the town of Carigara in the province of Leyte, Philippines. It is held every Black Saturday, the Saturday of the Holy Week, in the month of either March or April. This yearly event attracts thousands of visitors.
History of Turogpo Festival
Accounts vary about the beginnings of Turogpo Festival. Some stated it started in the 1600s, others towards the end of the 19th century or in the first decade of the 20th century. What is certain is that it was an indigenous event that began during Spanish colonial era.
Turogpo Festival is derived from turogpo, a word in Waray language that means to meet, and it was an occasion for match-making. It was held as a means to express opposition against Spanish religious authorities.
Originally, it took place on Good Friday. Its schedule was changed to Black Saturday upon the request of the Diocese of Palo through Bishop Cipriano Urgel in 1983.
Turogpo Festival Activities
Turogpo Festival is famous for its animal fights. There are three categories: Pasungay, Paaway, and Carambola.
Pasungay, which is derived from the word sungay which means horn, is a competition that gives prizes to owners of carabaos (water buffalos) that win from locking horns with other fellow carabaos.
Paaway, which comes from the word away that translates to a fight, is a match between stallions urged to fight with the presence of female horses.
Carambola, which translates to a clash, is cock-fighting among roosters.
How to reach Camansi, Carigara, Letye
Camansi is about five kilometers from the town center of Carigara, and the town is about 45 kilometers from the nearest airport, the Tacloban City Airport.
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- Anselmo Roque. With summer ending, image of carabao as fiesta star lingers. Philippine Daily Inquirer. June 2, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2022
Turogpo Festival Summary
Name Turogpo Festival Celebration Animal, April, Black Saturday, Carabao, Horse, March, Rooster Country Philippines Date Black Saturday Established Spanish colonial era Location Camansi, Carigara, Leyte Organizer LGU in Carigara, Leyte
|Celebration||Animal, April, Black Saturday, Carabao, Horse, March, Rooster|
|Established||Spanish colonial era|
|Location||Camansi, Carigara, Leyte|
|Organizer||LGU in Carigara, Leyte|