Sugat Kabanhawan Festival – Minglanilla, Cebu, Philippines

sugat kabanhawan minglanilla

The Sugat religious festival in Minglanilla is one of the biggest events for the town and Minglanilla is known to be the Capital of the south of the Sugat festival throughout the Philippines. Its an annual festival and its on today! I went this morning to grab a couple of photos and will head back around 1pm when the street dancing starts. Already this morning there has been some activities involving the gay community dancing and water buffalo race ( Carabao). The event carabao, sugat kabanhawanstarted around 8am this morning and likely to be ongoing until 7pm tonight so if your in Cebu and looking for something to do the event is running all day. Might see you there. There is different activities running throughout the day some a bit bizarre such as gay mud volleyball. But its the Philippines always something different going on to keep people entertained.

April 4, 2010 Sunday

  • Sugat Re-enactment
  • Fireworks Display
  • Games
  • Carabao Racing, Mud Volleyball, Easter Egg Hunt, Burda Making contest, etc.
  • 12am Variety Show
  • 1pm – 4pm Kabanhawan Street Dancing (Assembly at Sangi Road)
  • 5pm – 7pm Kabanhawan Ritual Showdown
  • (Minglanilla Sports Oval)
  • 7pm – 8pm Awarding
  • 8pm – 12midnight – PBB Cultural Show

The festival itself starts with a dawn mass on Easter Sunday (today) on the grounds of Minglanilla Central school closely followed by a dramatisation of a fight between the fallen angel and Gabriel the Archangel together with comrades followed by a re-enactment of Christ now risen and his mother.

Kabanhawan actually means in Cebuano the local language resurrection and the festival is based around the celebration of Christ being resurrected which will be celebrated with dancing as an expression of happiness and joy of the event. I will be looking forward to hopefully capturing some of the street dancing later today.