2017 PASALAMAT FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | LA CARLOTA CITY
Dancing in the Rain at the Pasalamat Festival 2016. The festival is held every Sunday nearest the first of May or Labor Day. It is a harvest thanksgiving celebration by the people of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.
Pasalamat Festival, a colorful celebration of thanksgiving in the City of La Carlota, Negros Occidental is scheduled April 24-30,2017.
Here’s a glimpse of what usually happened during the Pasalamat Festival.
Massive Costume and Paraphernalia. The Pasalamat Festival dancers dressed inspired by flora and fauna tried to look their best to really entertain the crowd. Some costumes were really huge and some dancers appeared to be struggling in carrying their costume.
Visually Striking Costumes. Even the elementary students also came so prepared with their beautiful costumes. I was so truly impressed on how they created these butterfly wings which was really visually appealing.
Flirtatious Dance Moves. The weeklong Pasalamat Festival culminates with a Mardi Gras parade of floats and caricatures. The festival was an adaptation of the Rio de Janeiro festival, hence you will see Pasalamat Festival Dancers flirtatiously move to the rhythm created by the drumbeaters using carabao leather drums and percussion instruments.
The “Sambita” Beat. The original “Sambita” beat was still the rhythm played by the drumbeaters for each participating tribe. However, I have also noticed that through the years, these drumbeaters started to introduce some variations into the original rhythm. The drumbeaters of La Carlota City also gave the city the title, “drumbeating city”.
How to get to La Carlota City:
La Carlota City can be reached by and hour or more by private and public transport. From Libertad, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental you can get the jeepneys plying Bacolod-La Carlota route.
The Pasalamat festival Conceptualized by the late Mayor Luis “Nonoy” Jalandoni Jr., who himself composed the “Sambita” – the original Pasalamat Beat. the festival started in just a simple merrymaking and street dancing to mark the end of the milling and harvest season in the city.
The rain showers didn’t remove the smile from this beauty atop the beautiful float
Dancers dancing in the rain…
while raining, this beauty remained atop the float…