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South Asia - Guimaras

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Balsahan Festival

Sibunag
Guimaras, Philippines

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Overview of Balsahan Festival

The Balsahan Festival coincides with the foundation day of the Municipality of Sibunag every February 20.

Sibunag is one of the two youngest municipalities of the island-province of Guimaras. Established in 1995, it was named after its main river, the town's main geographical feature that makes its way through most of the barangays.

The river is the setting of many spellbinding folktales and legends. A visit to Sibunag is sure to unravel the town's secrets and make your journey much more colorful.

Legend says that a son of a deity and a mortal was stolen when he was only a baby. He was named Sibunag, and was raised and cared for by a fairy. His amazing quests and romance stories have been one with the waters ever since.

The Balsahan Festival is the town's way of immortalizing the mystical river. 'Balsa' refers to the bamboo water raft. The people of Sibunag and all over Guimaras celebrate the festival with fun activities such as balsa racing, a motorized banca race, and a paraw regatta.

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"The rooms are modern and clean. The staff was very accommodating and will hold your luggage if you can't check into your room. If you spend the night, be prepared to stay the whole day, since there was only one ferry that leaves per day (around 5pm). The restaurant was very good. The food was a little pricey, but tasted fresh. Movie night was held in the small theater every night, and had options for kids and adults. The laundry was free, you only had to pay for detergent. We also liked the fish feeding off the pier, which happens once or twice daily. They will also help reserve a day trip, and a ferry will pick you up at the resort and take you to the Great Barrier reef, and get you back in time for the trip back to the mainland.

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