Of Tradition and Culture: The Sarok Festival of Consolacion
Consolacion, previously known as Kampi-ig, was originally a barrio under the jurisdiction of Mandaue. Its history dates back to 1871 when it gained status as a separate town. However, in 1902 and 1903, the town lost its autonomy and reverted to being a barrio of Mandaue. In 1920, the residents of Kampi-ig once again sought independence and submitted a petition to establish themselves as a municipality. Their petition found favor with the Spanish governor, who granted their request. In honor of his approval, Kampi-ig was then renamed to Consolacion after the governor’s daughter Consolacion. They also chosen San Narciso as their patron saint which was also a tribute to the governor’s wife, Narcisa.
Today, Consolacion is a first class municipality and is considered by many as the gateway to the north of Cebu. The town takes pride in being a residential urban municipality with a very dynamic economy thus providing a sustainable development for the locals and a place to live for those who are employed hailing from neighboring towns.
History of Sarok Festival
The history of the Sarok Festival traces back to the indigenous roots of Consolacion. The term “sarok” refers to the traditional headgear worn by local farmers to shield themselves from the scorching sun as they toil in the fields. Sarok is made from bamboo strips and dried banana leaves and it symbolizes resilience, hard work, craftsmanship and resourcefulness of the people of Consolacion.
Over time, the Sarok Festival has evolved into a grand showcase of Consolacion town’s unique culture and traditions.
Why Experience Sarok Festival
Beyond its vibrant celebrations, the Sarok Festival plays an important role in preserving and promoting Consolacion’s cultural heritage. By showcasing Consolacion’s traditional crafts, dances, and practices, the festival helps keep these traditions alive for future generations to enjoy.
Moreover, the Sarok Festival serves as a platform for cultural exchange and dialogue, welcoming visitors from all walks of life to experience the rich diversity of Filipino culture. Through shared experiences and mutual respect, the festival fosters a deeper appreciation for the traditions that bind us together as a global community.
The Sarok Festival of Consolacion is more than just a celebration – it is a living testament to the enduring spirit of the Filipino people and their commitment to preserving their cultural heritage. As visitors immerse themselves in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the festival, they are invited to embark on a journey of discovery, where tradition meets modernity, and the past is celebrated as a vibrant part of the present.
How to get to Consolacion
The best possible route going to Consolacion is via the Central Nautical Highway.
From Cebu North Bus Terminal in SM City Cebu, take a bus or a van (whichever suits you best) going to Consolacion. The trip usually takes 25-30 minutes depending on the traffic and fare costs around P50. You can opt to book a taxi or motortaxi like Angkas or Maxim, fare rate ranges from P100-P150.
If you are bringing your own transportation, take the scenic route via Cansaga Bay and Libo road in Tayud. Make sure to bring your camera with you.