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Baragatan Festival sa Palawan Philippines travel blog vlog dubai puerto princesa

Baragatan Festival sa Palawan: Celebration in the World’s Best Island

My second official festival in the Philippines came as a surprise. I was invited just a few days before the official festival will start (1 day to be exact), good thing, the LGU (Local Government Unit) who invited us decided to split the blogger groups into 2. One group will cover the first half while the rest will cover the later events until the finale (closing).

WE ARE GOING TO THE BARAGATAN FESTIVAL IN PUERTO PRINCESA PALAWAN! YEY

The main festival in the most beautiful island in the world!? How will I say no?

Baragatan Festival is a 2-week long festival leading to the celebration of the anniversary of  Palawan’s civil government foundation. During this time, all municipalities of Palawan gather together in Puerto Princesa, the provincial capital. Appropriately, Baragatan is a Cuyunon word that means, gather, or meet.

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Festive street dance from the Municipality of Quezon

We had our flight early in the morning. YEY. I love first flight out, cause I will not catch the crazy Manila traffic. Instead of roughly 2 hours travel from Marikina to NAIA 4, I will only get it at 30 min (of course, I have to deprive myself of sleep, a small sacrifice than stressing out with the rush hour jam). I met bloggers (@ChristianAligo and @Aci_girl) whom I will be traveling with for this trip at the check in counter. Funny how we get to meet each other for the first time in the airport then became good friends after the trip; story of my life.

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My official Baragatan Festival Blogger pass

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Traveling with these peeps. @capturingfootprints @aci_girl

Our flight was perfectly on time. We arrived at the new Puerto Princesa airport around 10 am and waited for our pick up. Don’t judge us, but we were expecting some garlands as a welcome gesture from the local government, but we didn’t get any hahaha (served us right for expecting haha).

The last time I was in Palawan was during a trip I did in El Nido. Read about it here

First things first, after dropping our bags, we immediately went to the Capitol to meet with the LGU officer who invited us for the trip. Also to know what are the things we need to cover for the festival and also what to expect!

SO EXCITING!

They handed us a print out of the Barangatan Festival sa Palawan events. It was overwhelming. Everyday, there were loads of activities happening around town. For this blog, I will mention the activities that I enjoyed the most and the ones I will be suggesting for you to watch/visit on the next Baragatan sa Palawan Festival (in the hopes that you will also join next year).

LUTONG ATENANEN

At first, we were clueless on what to expect here. We were walking inside the Legislative Building looking for something colorful/festive just to know that we are in the correct location. We didn’t see any, there were only 2 long tables with packed food. Hmmmmm. To be honest, it was a little underwhelming for our first event feature. Then suddenly, they started serving us the food. OH MY!

Baragatan Festival sa Palawan Philippines travel blog vlog dubai puerto princesa

Cuyunon food packs. Looks very simple but packed with YUM power

The food spread highlighted the rich Cuyunon dishes in the province.

They served us “danggit” ( crispy dried fish) with okra salad, fresh seaweeds called locally as “lato” and the highlight, a dish called “lauya”. This was the first time I tasted this. It is a mix of red beans, jackfruit, beef/pork and lemon grass. They said that you can find “lauya” being served in almost every special occasion in Palawan. All I can say is YUM!

KARAENAN SA BARAGATAN 
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One of the stalls at the Karaenan area at the Puerto Princesa capitol

A foodcourt-style area located inside the provincial capitol. They are open for lunch and dinner; serving patrons of the Baragatan Festival. During our stay in Puerto Princesa, these food stalls became our go-to place for almost every meal (lunch and dinner). I think we have tried every stall here hahaha.

These stalls serve a variety of local dishes; from a simple adobo to a very savory grilled chicken barbecue.

Baragatan Festival sa Palawan Philippines travel blog vlog dubai puerto princesa

Lot’s of grilled food..BBQ madness!

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Lechon anyone?

BARAKALAN SA BARAGATAN TRADE & EXPO

I am an advocate of anything local products. As an artisan myself (@suratjournals) I appreciate the craftsmanship being poured out in every product. The Barakalan sa Baragatan Trade & Expo displays a lot of these local goodies. These products came from different municipalities around Palawan. From food to handicrafts.

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Handicraft stalls lined up for the Barakalan sa Baragatan Trade & Expo

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Happily waiting for customers

This is the best place to buy gifts for your loved ones (pasalubongs) or even for yourself.

TUNOG PALAWAN AND KARAOKE CHALLENGE

Of course, being Filipinos, a festival will never be complete without a singing competition. The Baragatan Festival, showcased local talents through these events. First was the Tunog Palawan where each contestant showed their talents in singing as well as song writing.

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A group performance for the Tunog Palawen competition.

Next talent program was the Karaoke Challenge. I was very surprised and amazed at the same time that there was a VIDEOKE competition ( on stage). It was entertaining though.

MUTYA NG PALAWAN

One of the highlights of the Baragatan Festival was the Mutya ng Palawan. It ran for almost the whole duration of the festival. From the parade, national costume, talent portion and the coronation night. We were fortunate to watch both the talent portion and the coronation night.

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The queens at the recent Mutya ng Palawan where the candidate from Brooke’s point won the coveted title

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Mutya ng Palawan hosts, Gabby Concepcion and Venus Raj (Bonnga!!)

Filipinos are suckers for beauty pageants; and it was very evident how the whole Cory Park was full packed with people (carrying big banners).

It was a night full of beauty and glam where each district sent their representative to get the most coveted crown as Mutya ng Palawan 2017. In the end, the delegate from Brooke’s Point bested everyone and became the queen of the night.

SARAOTAN SA DALAN (STREET DANCE COMPETION)

For some people, their highlight was the Mutya ng Palawan, for me, it’s the “Saraotan sa Dalan” (street dance competition). I got high expectations with festive street dance ever since I watched the performances last Manggahan Festival.

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Game face on. These teens endured the scorching heat to us such an awesome performance.

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Happy faces!!

There were 3 districts that participated. Quezon, San Vincente and Narra. To be honest, any of these groups can actually be the winner. The colors, the beat and their game faces were on point.

My expectation was met (with flying colors)! It was the best! I am still amazed how these kids danced as if their lives depend on it. JAW DROPPED!!

Watch the street dance highlights here

For my second Philippine Festival, Baragatan didn’t disappoint. It showed that it really is MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES.

Although we weren’t able to go to the beach on this visit, I can say that it was all worth it. Being known as the best island in the world, Palawan definitely proved that it has more to offer than its pristine and beautiful beaches.

 

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This post is in collaboration with the local tourism government unit of Palawan during the Baragatan sa  Palawan Festival 2017. 

kenneth surat Dubai Travel Blogger Philippines

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10 Responses

  1. Honestly speaking, I didn’t know about Baragatan Festival and truly, it is really an amazing Festival to experience. A 2-week long festival is really interesting and it seems like they have a lot of activities to offer. I’m sure that you have enjoyed so much. I can’t wait to experience this Festival as well If I get the chance. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  2. Their festivals are always so lovely. And so is the way they dress up for the festival. It looks like a great celebration for them. And look at the timespan over which it is celebrated – although that means we traveler have a bigger window to go and enjoy it

  3. Indrani

    Such an exciting colorful festival.
    The handicrafts stall so neatly filled up. Did you buy anything.
    The street food is tempting too.

  4. I only knew Palawan because of their beautiful beaches and sceneries. I didn’t know that this place is also rich in culture and tradition that we need to know of. The events in this festival are extravagant and I could see the efforts of the people who joined every contests. I also would love to try their unique cuisine and flavors.

  5. I wish I’d gotten invited in this festival too, seems like you had so much to experience, including a beauty pageant. How exciting. I was just in Puerto Princesa last week and I didn’t know about their local cuisine, I would have loved to try it.

  6. I like these festivals. The Baragatn festival looks so colorful and vibrant. And the local delicacies is a must go in such festival and they seem to be yummy too. Would love to experience it myself someday.

  7. This looks fun! I’ve been to Palawan but not on such festivals because of the crowd and it’s far from Manila. XD Anyhow, I’m envious! I wanna go there too someday!

  8. Palawan Cherry that is quite similar to the Cherry Blossoms of Japan. Aside from these entertaining activities, trade fairs and job fairs are also available. Fisherfolks, merchants, and other businesses partake on the event.

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