July 26, 2016

A reminder of pre-colonial times: 25th Ibalong Festival

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  • Festivals are a big thing with Filipinos. We celebrate them for different reasons and in different seasons. There’s at least one festival a month that everyone is raring to go to. One festival stands out in August: Legazpi’s 25th Ibalong Festival.



    AN APPROPRIATE DEPICTION. The Ibalong Festival is as colorful as it is rooted in Legazpi’s history. (Cover photo grabbed from Ibalong Festival Official Facebook page)


    The Ibalong Festival has been celebrated for a quarter century, and has always been about the Ibalong epic. From the first time the Ibalong festival was first celebrated, they have always featured lessons and scenes from the epic.

    Now on its 25th year, the Ibalong Festival is as vibrant as ever. An official schedule is not out yet as of this writing, but several side events have been revealed on social media:



    LADY EAGLES VS LADY SPIKERS. One of the country’s most celebrated sports rivalries is between Ateneo De Manila University and De La Salle University. They’ve rekindled it anew, albeit a bit earlier than usual. (Photo grabbed from Around Albay on Facebook)



    SPITFIRE GUARD VS SPITFIRE GUARD. Watch Globalport Batang Pier’s Terrence Romeo go up against Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee in this battle of spitfire guards. (Photo grabbed from Around Albay on Facebook)


    The Ibalong Festival side events will happen between August 3 and August 30. Bookmark this page for updates on the festival schedule. For more information on the Ibalong Festival, visit our tips and guides section.


    What: Ibalong Festival 2016

    When: August 3-30, 2016 (Tentative)

    Where: Legazpi City, Albay

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