Sandurot Festival and the Buglasan Festival of Festivals, are both joyful celebrations of the people in Dumaguete City and the Province of Negros Oriental, their innate hospitality, friendliness, and their propensity to live harmoniously with people of different race, religion, and cultural beliefs.
The city comes alive every September by celebrating its Sandurot Festival, which means “fellowship and reaching out” is a commemoration of Dumaguete’s rich history dating back from the pre-Hispanic period when people of different foreign cultures converged and created a varied community that is Dumaguete City today. Through the course of history and to the present time, the people of Dumaguete have always been known to welcome strangers from different shores and countries, and to live with them in complete peace and understanding. The celebration started with the Paghimamat, a re-enactment of how people from different cultures and races came to the shores of Dumaguete, bringing gifts of rich cultures. Pasigarbo followed, gracing the City streets with dancing to drumbeats and other instruments participated by different barangays and schools in Dumaguete. The streetdancing ended at Quezon Park after which the participants prepared for the grand Pasundayag, a display of dances portraying different stories of the Dumaguete tradition.
Buglasan Festival, also known as “The Festival of Festivals”, is one of the most waited festivals in Negros Oriental. It is celebrated annually in Dumaguete City, the capital of the province in the middle of October since 2002.
The festival is a ten-day event held in the city of Dumaguete, a movable provincial fiesta, participated in by the Province’s six cities and 19 municipalities. Though this is a province-wide event (sponsored by the provincial government), the activities are mostly centered in the province’s capital, Dumaguete City. Majority of activities are held in the Provincial Capitol and Ninoy Aquino’s Freedom Park with booths and local products either on display or for sale, it is also spread to other venues such as Sidlakan Negros Village at Brgy. Piapi and city’s Rizal Boulevard. Showdowns and street dancing activities happen every 3rd Friday of the month of October.