Events & News 2009

 

SIARGAO Surfing Competition

Event Title Place of Event Date of Event
Siargao Ladies Surfing Summerfest Cloud 9 – General Luna June 2010
Siargao National Surfing Cup Cloud 9 – General Luna October 15 to 20 - 2009
Siargao International Surfing Classic Cloud 9 – General Luna October 21 to 27-2009

The Siargao events are garnished with lots of activities and many different competitions and shows such as:

Surfing – Bikini Open – Battle of the Bands – Women Beach Volleyball – Surfing Clinic – Floor Shows -Dancing and of course plenty food and drinks.

Many Cash Prizes and other Prizes are being distributed to the winners.  

Other Events in and around Siargao

Event Title Place of Event Date of Event
General Luna Fiesta General Luna September 2009
International Fishing Tournament Pillar May 2010
Although the word fiesta is Spanish, Filipinos have made it their own. It is not unusual for entire towns to participate in the celebration. Planning can take up to a year, and the decorations, costumes and events are often both expensive and lavish. Principal fiesta themes are fertility and planting, harvest, adoration and supplication. On land or on water, solemn or joyous, the fiesta is part of the Filipino lifestyle. When a congressman wanted to abolish the fiestas so that the money and energy spent on them could be put "to good use," the district abolished the congressman instead.

The fiesta is part and parcel of Filipino culture.
Through good times and bad times, the fiesta must go on. Each city (municipality) and barrio has at least one local festival of its own, usually on the feast of its patron saint, so that there is always a fiesta going on somewhere in and around Siargao Islands. Behind Siargao's multi-faceted culture is its original tribal background. The Siargaonons go back to their roots as they celebrate their heritage with a loud, rowdy street dancing parade. The carnival spirit fills the air as masked participants donning fabulous costumes dance there way around the city's main thoroughfares.

 It is a time for family, for sharing, for giving, and a time for food, fun, and friends. The splendid climate of this tropical island nation, the abundance and beauty of its flowers, and lovely landscape, its multitude of culinary delights, and above all its warm-hearted people with their true devotion to family and faith all contribute to a holiday celebrated in the true Philippines fiesta tradition.

Filipino Fiesta Traditions

It is a Filipino tradition for children to visit their
godparents and elderly relatives on fiesta days. This child is showing respect
for his godmother by taking her hand to his forehead. In return, he receives a blessing or a gift. Family, friends, relatives, and neighbors drop by to wish every family member a happy fiesta. Food is  in abundance, often served in buffet style.  Guests or visitors partake of the food prepared by the host family (even though they are already full or bloated!).  




 Among the typical foods prepared on Siargao Island and in the Philippines during fiesta are: lechon (roasted pig), pancit, barbecue, rice, adobo, cakes (Western and native rice cakes), lumpia, etc.  There is also an abundance of San Miguel beer, wine, and liquor, which makes the celebration of fiesta indeed intoxicating!  The streets are decorated, well lit and are full of activities. The children run in and out of the house to play, to eat, and to play again. The Fiesta gathering provides an opportunity for a reunion of immediate and distant family members.

In general, the center of a family's fiesta gathering is always the Lola, the endearing term used for a family matriarch or grandmother, who is deeply respected, highly revered, and always present. Filipinos remember how their Lola had their children form a line and step up to receive a small gift of some coins. The older the child, the more coins he or she receives.

Some fiestas have a talent show during celebration. Children are asked to perform. One might sing a song, others might play a musical instrument, or others may recite a poem or do a dance. The celebration continues until late in the night or even about 6 o'clock in the morning. Fiesta day is a popular day for children to visit their uncles, aunts, godmothers, and godfathers. Food and drinks are also offered at each stop. It is a day of family closeness, and everyone wishes good cheer and glad tidings.
Every Municipality and many villages celebrate a three day Fiesta. If you live in Siargao you could visit a fiesta every week. The two largest Fiestas on Siargao Island are celebrated in General Luna at the end of September and in Dapa middle of January.