For sure the Buglasan Festival, an annual fiesta being celebrated by the people of Negros Oriental, a Province which constitutes the largest land area of the Central Visayas province has become a veritable tool for the promotion of arts and culture not only for the over one million people of the Province, but for the entire country.
The event which is seen as the biggest tourism booster of a Province that occupies 5, 402.30 square kilometers of the southeast fraction of Negros Island is celebrated every 3rd Friday of October and this years festival kicked off on the 15th of October and stretched till the 24th of October at the Sidlakang Negros Village, Dumaguete City, headquarters of Negros Oriental.
With five main objectives as, the stimulation of tourism development, promotion of agricultural endeavors, preservation of cultural and arts heritage and what’s more, as a community-based promotion of culture and arts events as tourism assets, the Buglasan Fiesta has come to stay as a unifying force, which binds the entire Province.
Buglasan, it’ll be noted derived its name from two origins, first, in the pre-colonial era, natives were said to have called the Island (Negros Oriental) Buglas, that is, after the legendry tall reeds that were the predominant vegetations in the Island. Second, there’s this other story that links it to buklas or to “wrench,” making reference to an earlier cataclysmic event that forcibly tore the Island from a bitter land mass.
Described as Negros Oriental movable province fiesta, the Buglasan Festival was first inaugurated in 1981, when a search was conducted to compose a contingent that would represent the Province in the Folk Arts Festival convened at the time by the then First Lady, Imelda R. Marcos.
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