FESTIVAL: “TINABUAY” AT MURCIA, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL
I was invited to be one of the judges for the opening of Tinabuay Festival of Murcia, Negros Occidental. Tinabuay Festival is the town’s annual celebration of a good harvest and thanksgiving. It is also a celebration in honor of the birthday of the Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of this town.
L-R: Judges: Jonathan Bacos Diaz Jr. ,Rhoderick Samonte of Kasadya Bacolod Foundation and Yours Truly, R: Adrian Bobe
For this year, Tinabuay Festival begins on December 28 and will culminate on December 8 with the Tinabuay Dance Parade Competition. The Tinabu-ay Festival recreates the town’s weekly ‘tabu’ or market day. This festival was acknowledged as one of the fast-rising events in Negros Occidental as a matter of fact Tinabuay Festival was the champion in 2015 Panaad Festival in Negros Occidental. Tinabu-ay is a vernacular term which means “convergence”.Every Sunday, various people gather at the public market of the Municipality of Murcia to sell their local produce and at the same time to buy other local products. This opportunity creates a mean for the farmers to generate income and provide for their families.
This 2015 the Tinabuay Festival opened for the first time at night time.The event started with a torch parade followed by the ceremonial lighting of the almost 60 Christmas Trees in their pubic plaza. The torch parade which they did for the first time was participated by 32 different organizations and Barangays in the Municipality. the I was amazed seeing the people of Murcia dancing and having a great fun while witnessing the first torched parade of the Municipality.
Being a judge I had a great time and at the same time experienced a very challenging task. For the torch parade, I have to ride a motorbike to see 32 contingents up close. Judging the almost 60 Christmas trees was equally challenging, especially that the public plaza was filled with a huge crowd.
The Christmas Trees of Murcia will stay in their public plaza for the entire holiday season. So If you have time, try to drop by Murcia Public Plaza and see for yourself the spectacular display of almost 60 lighted trees with the various rendition of the Nativity scene.
How to Get There
Murcia is only a 20-minute drive from Bacolod City by private car. Public utility vehicles plying this route can reach the municipality in about the same time.
The Municipality of Murcia is bounded by the cities of Talisay, Silay and San Carlos on the north, Bago City on the south, the Municipality of Don Salvador Benedicto on the east, and the City of Bacolod on the west. From waterfalls to river resorts, Murcia is home to the province’s flagship tourism attraction, the scenic and romantic Mambukal Summer Resort. Sportsmen frequent the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Hacienda Binitin, Brgy. Blumentritt, site of various national tournaments.
Just a few samples of the trees and mangers at Murcia Public Plaza