Sarangani Bay is located on the southern tip of Mindanao in the Philippines.
General Santos City, one of the country’s most important ports, and also the hometown of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, is located at the head of the bay.
The province of Sarangani, created in 1992, is named after the bay. A festival known to the locals as Sarbay Fest is held in the area every year in the third week of May. It is possibly the most popular beach event in the southern region of the Philippines.
March 25 is Good Friday with flagellantes (self-flogging by penitents).
March 26 is Black Saturday (Pugutan or Beheading of Longhinus – Senakulo).
March 27 is Easter Sunday with the Salubong and Easter Holy Mass. At 3:00 pm is the Gasang-Gasang Street Dancing Festival.
The Moriones Festival is a folk-religious event held annually during Holy Week on the island of Marinduque, considered the geographical heart of the Philippines.
The word “Morion” refers to the visor of the helmet that is associated with the armor of Roman soliders. The word “Moriones” refers to the local inhabitants who dress up in costumes and masks of Roman soldiers during Biblical times. These costumed locals are farmers and fishermen who engage in the street theater as a form of penitence.
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” the day before Ash Wednesday of the Holy Week that ends on Easter Sunday. But in the Philippines “Mardi Gras” refers to a street carnival that’s celebrated during other times of the year, not during Lent.
Iloilo is a province in the region of Western Visayas in the Philippines. It occupies a major southeast portion of the island of Panay and is bordered by the province of Antique to the west, Capiz to the north, the Jintotolo Channel to the northeast, the Guimaras Strait to the east, and the Iloilo Strait and Panay Gulf to the southwest. Continue reading “ILOILO”