Biniray Festival Celebrates the Bounty of the Sea and Indigenous Culture in Bulalacao
The Biniray Festival in Bulalacao, Or. Mindoro, is probably the most colourful festival in Mindoro Island. The two-day Biniray Festival celebrates the bounty of the sea, rivers & land, and indigenous culture with parades, dancing, feasts and displays. Fiestas celebrating the Santo Nino, the image of the Holy Child Jesus, are popular in many parts of the Philippines.
Starting with the parade of boats, the Biniray Festival, takes visitors on a tour of the history and culture of southeast Mindoro, without ever leaving Bulalacao town. The boats are decorated each year according to a theme proposed by the fishermans’ association and almost every fishing boat in the community participates in a parade around Bulalacao Bay; upon returning to the town pier a feast of freshly caught seafood is offered along with dancing and merriment.
More parades through the town by schools and barangay groups mean that music and dance are found at every turn. The indigenous Mangyan peoples come down from the mountains of Bulalacao to offer samples of their native handicrafts and many wear their traditional loincloth dress so a fully charged camera battery is a must.
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