FESTIVALS

Lanzones Festival - The harvest of sweet lanzones fruit is celebrated every year in October with a weekend of street dancing, parade and pageants in the town of Mambajao. This festival includes an exhibit of agri-cottage industry products, barangay beautification, indigenous sports, tableau of local culture, grand parade of the lanzones which is the golden and extra sweet fruit found in the entire province of Camiguin. Lanzones is a tropical fruit that grows abundantly on the north-central coast of Mindanao. It is said that the sweetest lanzones comes from Camiguin. Portrayed in the photographs below are typical lanzones trees found in the province of Camiguin. The lanzones fruit which has a pale brown skin and sweet translucent flesh is also shown. This fruit ripens sometime during the third week of October.

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On the third day of the festival celebrated in 2001, there was a parade of the Mutya sa Buahanan Candidates and in the evening the beauty pageant was held at the ABC gym in Mambajao. For the final day of the celebration the main event in the morning was the street dancing contest at the downtown area. In the afternoon the Tableau Presentation was held infront of the Provincial Plaza and this was followed by an awarding ceremony. The final event in the evening was the Disco sa Kalye which was held near the Mambajao Public Market. The Lanzones Festival is Camiguin's contribution to making the island of Mindanao as a cultural destination. The photographs (through the courtesy of the Tourism Office at Camiguin) shown below were taken during an earlier celebration of the Lanzones Festival.

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Panaad - is an annual Holy Thursday and Good Friday activity. This is a gathering of people from all walks of life from Camiguin and nearby provinces for a yearly devotion to spend the Lenten Season by walking the 64 kilometer circumferential road of Camiguin and trekking Mt. Vulcan. In the climb up Mt. Vulcan they go through each of the life-size statues depicting the 14 stations of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ which are interspaced from each other. Thousands of Christian pilgrims make the island of Camiguin a Mecca in observance of the Holy Week as an expression of penitence and spiritual enrichment.

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May Festival - a month-long fiesta celebration of the barangays and towns in Camiguin during the month of May. The search for the Rose of May and the Santacruzan are the highlights of the celebration. The photographs (through the courtesy of the Tourism Office at Camiguin) portrayed below were taken during an earlier celebration of the May Festival.

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San Juan Hibok-Hibokan - observed on June 24 and held to honor St. John the Baptist. This festival is celebrated in the entire province and residents go to the nearest beach. Watersports, like boat races, aqua palo sebo, and fluvial procession are conducted. Venues of the festival are usually Cabua-an and the Agohay Beaches. It is during this festival that Miss Hibok-Hibokan is selected.


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