Mango-Bamboo Festival is a cultural and fruit festival in San Carlos City, Pangasinan, Philippines every last Saturday of April. The fest is mounted as promotion to the city’s mangoes and bamboo products, a thanksgiving of multiple harvests, and a means for collective recognition of the invaluable work of farmers. It is participated by component barangays of the city.
History of Mango-Bamboo Festival
Mango-Bamboo Festival was launched by then Mayor Julian Resuello in 2001. He expanded what was formerly Mango Festival. The fest was mounted as a way to recognize the mango industry and the ubiquity of bamboo in the town, a means to market these products and improve income of the people whose livelihood depend on them. In 2002, the local government invited the regional office of the Department of Tourism to grace the events.
San Carlos City is known as the center of trading of mango and bamboo products in the province of Pangasinan. Products include nipa huts, hand-woven items such as baskets, furnitures, cabinets, lamp shades, etc. The fest had become an opportunity for producers and traders to establish connections for business endeavors.
In 2008, it was reported that the city had over 127,000 fruit-bearing mango trees. The city is also known for carabao mangoes and other cultivars of the fruit.
Mango-Bamboo Festival Activities
One of the mainstays of the week-long fest is the float parade. Floats are adorned with various mango and bamboo decorations. The street dancing competition is also a must-see where contingents from barangays compete in giving out all-out performances. One other highlight is the Miss San Carlos City, a prestigious beauty pageant. Filling the calendar of eventts include various culinary contests and presentations, mango pie showcase, bamboo-craft competition, variety shows, entertainment, native sports olympics called Laro ng Lahi, etc.
How to reach San Carlos City, Pangasinan
The nearest airport is the Clark International Airport and it is about two hours away from San Carlos City by bus.
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