Inspiring Dumangas Through Haw-as

Dumangas, Iloilo will celebrate the bounty of its harvest with the annual Haw-as Festival r on October 26 – 31, 2017. Photo by Bombette Marin
Dumangas, Iloilo will celebrate the bounty of its harvest with the annual Haw-as Festival r on October 26 – 31, 2017. Photo by Bombette Marin

Dumangas, Iloilo will celebrate the bounty of its harvest with the annual Haw-as Festival r on October 26 – 31, 2017. Discover and enjoy local arts and crafts, family-friendly activities and much more!

Haw-as Festival is known for its fun-filled daily events that are open to all ages. Just being in the vicinity can fill you with a sense of euphoria so strong that you are bound to keep coming back for more every day.

October 1 (Sunday) Pamukaw; Opening Program with Painting Contest at 1 p.m., Pamukaw at 3 p.m.; October 26 (Thursday) Tourism Photo Shooting Contest at 9 a.m., Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of OTOP Exhibit at 9:30 a.m., Painting Contest Final Exhibit at 10 a.m., Motorcade at 10 a.m., Blessing of Harvest at 12 noontime, Street Dancing at 1 p.m., Sugbahanay sa Plaza at 6 p.m., Awarding of Painting Contest; October 27 (Friday) Gender and Development (GAD) with Haw-as Festival Pre- Pageant Night at 7 p.m.; October 28 (Saturday) Socio Cultural Day with 117 Cry for Freedom and Liberty – Liberation of Dumangas at 8 a.m., Dumangas Composo and Binalaybay, Educator’s Day at 2 p.m.

October 29 (Sunday) Agri-Fisheries Expo with Farmers and Fisher Folks Forum and Product Display at 8 a.m., 2nd Bangus Cooking Contest at 9 a.m., 2nd Sikpanay (Dumangas Actual Haw-as sa Punong) at 3 p.m., Haw-as Festival Queen Pageant Night at 7 p.m.; October 30 (Monday) Jobs Fair at 8 a.m., Dinner for a Cause/ Benefit Show at 7 p.m.; October 31 (Tuesday) Col. Quintin Salas Day and Haw–as Guban Competition with Run for Col. Quintin Salas Marathon at 5 a.m., Commemoration Program for the 147th Col. Quintin Salas Birth Anniversary with Floral Offering at the Veteran’s Monument at 8 a.m., Haw-as Festival Guban Competition at 2 p.m. and Awarding and Closing Program; November 1 (Wednesday) Ligum-Dulom at 7 p.m.

Fishpond harvest is one of the most important economic activities in the lives of the people of Dumangas. Its people take pride on their bangus and its harvest activities and as a proof of that is the annual celebration known by every Ilonggos as Haw-as Festival.

Its people take pride on their bangus and its harvest activities and as a proof of that is the annual celebration known by every Ilonggos as Haw-as Festival. Photo by Bombette Marin
Its people take pride on their bangus and its harvest activities and as a proof of that is the annual celebration known by every Ilonggos as Haw-as Festival. Photo by Bombette Marin

The municipal government of Dumangas headed by its dynamic municipal mayor, Hon. Ronaldo Golez had worked hard in developing this festival and slowly Haw-as is recognized as an established festival in the province.

The coastal area leading to the poblacion of Dumangas gives way to a long stretch of well-paved road with occasional mangroves growing dot the scenery with refreshing spots of green and the island of Guimaras as backdrop.

The roadside features popular seafood restaurants, salt beds, inland resorts and regular grids of fishponds where during fishpond harvest season, motorists are tempted to pull over to view groups of men with bamboo fence-like contraptions directing bangus into the corners of their working pond.

Haw-as Festival is known for its fun-filled daily events that are open to all ages. Photo by Bombette Marin
Haw-as Festival is known for its fun-filled daily events that are open to all ages. Photo by Bombette Marin

So, if you are planning an enjoyable week before the start of Halloween and want to make the most of those times filled with music and good food, a fun festival should be included in your private, tailor-made travel itinerary.

Journey down to Dumangas and add more color to a vacation with a good, old-fashioned festivity. Witness Haw-as Festival.

The First-Class municipality of Dumangas is located north-east of Iloilo City. In the province, it is located in the eastern portion bordering the towns of Barotac Nuevo in the north; Pototan in the west; Zarraga in the south, and; the islands province of Guimaras and Negros Occidental in the east. It is politically subdivided into 45 barangays.

One can reach the town of Dumanags via Baldoza Terminal along Baldoza Street in Lapaz, Iloilo City and serves vans bound for Dumangas. For more information, please contact, Mr. Leonardo Quiatchon – Municipal Tourism Officer at telephone number (33) 3612400 or fax number (33) 3612884.