The Saulog Festival: A Celebration of Life

The Saulog Festival in Tagbilaran City, Bohol is an annual cultural affair honoring St. Joseph the Worker. This thanksgiving festival got its inspiration from the local word, “saulog“, which means to celebrate or to commemorate. Now on its seventh year, it was bigger and brighter than ever.

Aside from the infamous Sandugo Festival, the Saulog Festival is one festivity that Boholanos look forward to every year. It does not only aim to merit the city’s most beloved patron, but also to show to the world that Tagbilaran City is fast growing, developing and progressing deserving a place on the global tourism map.

Just like the Sugat-Kabanhawan Festival, joining this year’s Saulog Festival and its photo contest was my first time. Thanks to my Photographers Club of Cebu family for always keeping us in the loop and allowing us to explore as we try to hone our skills.

Like any other cultural festival, the street dancing is probably the most exciting part of the celebration. It is where people from all walks of life meet to appreciate the beauty and vigor offered by the very enthusiastic performing contingents. The chants coming from the participants and the clamor from the crowd intensified the whole festival experience.

Saulog Festival in Tagbilaran City

With the theme “Balik-Lantaw sa Atong Kagahapon Alang sa Bag-ong Asenso sa Kaugmaon“, the 7th Saulog Festival was graced by the colorful and vibrant costumes from 15 participating barangays, who battled all blood, sweat and tears for pride and glory.

Listed below are the winners:

Grand Champion – Barangay Ubujan

Grand Champion – Barangay Ubujan
1st Runner-up – Barangay Tiptip
2nd Runner-up – Barangay Cabawan
3rd Runner-up – Barangay Cogon
4th Runner-up – Barangay Taloto

Best in Costume – Poblacion 1
Best in Production Design – Barangay Tiptip
Best in Choreography – Barangay Cabawan
Best in Musicality – Barangay Ubujan
Best in Field Performance – Barangay Ubujan
Best in Street Dancing – Barangay Ubujan

The Saulog Festival is a surefire way of keeping the locals, as well as tourists, excited for the month-long fiesta season in the province of Bohol. Yet amid all the preparations for the festival, it’s interesting to note how devout the Tagbilaranons are to their patron saint, doing everything and anything they can to offer their thanks and love for St. Joseph the Worker. After all, he is but the essence of the festival and the reason for this season of festivities.

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Herbert Kikoy
Herbert is a hobbyist photographer who has made a big shift to mobile photography. He is a frustrated cook and a wanderlust who wishes he had all the time he needs to explore what the world has to offer.