Monday, February 6, 2017

BURIHAN Festival: A Period of Plenty, Peace and Happiness




Barangay Bitas, Tigbauan, Iloilo will celebrate its Burihan Festival on February 5-11, 2017. Buri is a major product of Tigbauan as their source of livelihood aside from banana and coconut. The Barangay hailed its festival in honor of it.  


On its eight year this year, the week-long festivity is the Barangay’s way of recognizing the role of the buri palm tree in the cultural and historical development of Barangay Bitas. Burihan Festival is also held to honor their patron, Our Lady of Lourdes where the community gather to share their joy with others.

This year’s theme, “Maghili-usa…Magsinadya…Burihan Festival, Tatak Sang Bitasnon, Itib-ong Ta!,” has series of special events that will open on February 5 (Sunday) with a Pamukaw / Caravan at 2 p.m.;  February 10 (Friday) with the Street Dancing at 2 p.m., and Lin-Ay Kang Burihan at 8 p.m.; February 11 (Saturday) with the Tribe Competition at 3 p.m.                       



The centerpiece of the celebration, the tribe competition highlights the creatively-woven buri products.  Even the names of the competing groups carry the processes how the fiber is obtained: Likyad, Luknit, Sasa, Karatel and Hilo.



Barangay Bitas is a small agriculture-based community where the buri palm plays an important part. Production of Buri-made items is a popular industry in Iloilo. The people in the area cultivate their land and they express their gratitude to this palm tree type by celebrating with great passion and joy.


The buri palm is a genus of palms native to India, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea and northeastern Australia. It is a fan palm with leaves having a long petiole terminating in a rounded fan of numerous leaflets. The buri palm reaches the height of 20-40 meters and with a trunk diameter measuring up to 1-2.5 meters. All the species are monocarpic and die after flowering. The genus is relatively slow growing and can take many years to form a trunk.

The tree produces three kinds of fibres, namely buri, raffia, and buntal.


Just like its relative, the coconut tree, buri has a variety of products and by-products made from the palm tree. The fiber of Buri is popular material for making ropes.  The leaf is obtained a fiber, similar to that of raffia is used in making cloth, strings, and other fancy items. The fiber from the ribs of its unopened leaves is used in making hats. Strips of unopened leaves are popularly used in making fans, mats and baskets.

The annual Burihan Festival is a proud concept of its founders, Mrs. Nora Rose T. Tubiano, Miss Dinalyn G. Ticot and Mr. Francis Marl L. Flores, supported by its members, Mr. Leonardo T. Tupino, Mr. Francis Lee V. Tejero, Mrs. Teresita L. Flores, Mrs. Ma. Leah Mae T. Tabang and Mr. Richard Nicken.

Tigbauan is a 30-minuter drive south of Iloilo City. The town, 22.5 kilometers away from the city is comprised of 52 barangays distributed in its 6,062 hectare land area. It is bordered in the northwest by Leon; the northeast by San Miguel; east by Oton; west by Guimbal and the Iloilo Strait in the south. For more information, please contact Mrs. Linda Fe Camina – Municipal Tourism Officer at 09173283997.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

BUGANA: Improving Tourism Environment Through Entrepreneurial Initiative

family of potters in Barangay Cagbang, Miagao


BUGANA is a product fair featuring Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) covering the different municipalities in the province of Iloilo scheduled this February 9-12, 2017 at the fountain area of Robinsons Iloilo Main Mall.

bolo making in Barangay Bingauan, Badiangan
The event is an opportunity to promote local culture through product offerings. It is an opportunity for key buyers to see what is new and what is hot in the industry. They can look, study, compare, and contact exhibitors at their booth for more information and to place orders.

bucayo making in Barangay Qui-anan, San Joaqui


Iloilo has a rich variety of cultural, landscape and seascape offerings. It has a flourishing visitor economy where the increasing number of visitors help shape the development of our destinations, creating an identity that is uniquely Iloilo.
coco coir making in Tubungan
Our Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in destination competitiveness. It is regarded as fundamental to the competitive development and as a backbone of the Ilonggo tourism economy. SMEs are considered to be a key factor in the development of our tourism destinations.

nito purse making in Sitio Nagpana, Barotac Viejo
Iloilo’s tourism sector is somehow dominated by our SMEs where each tourism destination represents a mix of offerings providing products and services. Our SMEs have a great influence on how tourists perceive our destinations as well as on our destination image.

hand-loom weaving in Barangay Salngan, Oton
BUGANA is a semestral tourism event organized by the Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism – Iloilo Province supports entrepreneurship and SME development. The event recognizes the creativity and innovativeness of our SMEs.  It helps in facilitating product development, identify market opportunities and expansion of markets beyond our local area that will eventually help influence tourism development in the area.

Belgian lace making in Sta. Barbara
To celebrate Arts Month, BUGANA will also showcase daily cultural performances of dances, theatre and music. Invited this year to perform are the kids of Kids Alternative Home and Development Academy, Inc., - School with Special Program in Arts in Ungka I, Pavia; Sulay Basya Festival and the Drum and Bugle Corps from Sara; and the elementary students from Lambunao.


BUGANA is in cooperation with the Department of Tourism VI and Robinsons Place Iloilo.

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