The Dumaguete Booth for the 2022 Buglasan Festival is inspired by the old kiosk of the M.L Quezon Park, built in the 1930’s, and which served as a bandstand for various cultural events in the old town of Dumaguete.
It was the centerpiece for the town plaza, and served as its heart, and a reminder of Dumaguete’s heritage and history.
Quezon Park was formally dedicated on 17 September 1916, refurbished under the direction of Sr. Juan Posadas, transforming an empty field into a recreation ground with green lawns, gravel walks, flower beds, and concrete benches.
It was named after the statesman Manuel L. Quezon, even before he became the President of the Philippine Commonwealth in 1935.
This was in honor of his efforts in the passage of the Jones Law, or the Philippine Autonomy Act, in 29 August 1916. Quezon has been one of the Philippine’s two resident commissioners to the U.S House of Representatives and had drafted at least two versions of the Jones Bill.
Quezon would make frequent visits to Dumaguete in the ensuing years, developing a close relationship with the place. After World War II broke out in the Pacific and the Japanese occupation began, Quezon and members of his family, and their military escorts, slipped off to safety in Australia from the port in Dumaguete by submarine on 6 March 1942.
The 2022 Dumaguete Booth for the Buglasan is designed by GLI Architects.