Inviting you to the 4th Bulihan Festival in Sampaloc Quezon

I will miss this year's festival (and the succeeding years, lol) as I have already migrated to another planet. My mom was born & grew up in Sampaloc, Quezon - a town wherein the locals were called 'Sampalukins.' Me and my family usually visited Sampaloc during our school vacation, special holidays and town fiesta. Shout out to my Sampalukin family and kumares.

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During the past years, I really appreciated the increase rate of activities held before and during fiesta. You will see the  transformation specially when they have committed to promote local craftmanship which is called 'buri.' I was unable to witness some of the attraction because of work but I always tried my best to capture different houses decorated by colorful buri - an additional attraction specially to the tourists or bakasyunista.

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This year's theme is 'Blooming Sampaloc,' describing a small growing community and exploring its beauty of nature. There are also other activities lined up like display of native delicacies or they called 'Lutuing Sampalukin,' oh a must try. I'm glad that there is a press release circulating online. Thanks to them. This place will be recognize and I hope when I come back there will be a lot more attractions.

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I hope next time I'll be there to cover the event from start to finish, let's see in the upcoming years :) winks winks

Thanks to all blogger friends who posted this press release online. Hoping that you'll able to experience and discover Sampaloc Quezon. Ask Azrael for more personal insights about this fiesta. I will miss shouting, "tagay na or patagay" in all corners of the streets!

[caption id="attachment_9668" align="aligncenter" width="448"]a view of Maapon River where we held fiesta ng Ilog every April 26. a view of Maapon River where we held fiesta ng Ilog every April 26.[/caption]

Aside from this town fiesta. Reunions are also held in April to May. Expect huge crowd and busy streets of tagayans :)

I'm sharing my personal photos and hoping to see you again Sampaloc!

About Sampaloc Quezon

Under municipality in the Quezon Province
Between towns of Lucban and Mauban Quezon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sampaloc,_Quezon

Traveling to Sampaloc Quezon? click this official site for more transportation resources


Press Release

Spirits are high as residents of Sampaloc town in Quezon Province lay the groundwork for the 4th Bulihan Festival scheduled from April 23 to 26.

Now on its fourth year, the Bulihan Festival celebrates the ingenuity and expertise of Sampalukins—that's how residents of Sampaloc are called—in making products out of buri.

This is all thanks to Mayor Emmanuel S. Torres, who vigorously campaigned to highlight the Bulihan Festival. The town's amiable and friendly mayor said that the festival has been ongoing for many years now, but it was only in 2010 when he finally decided
to give the local craftsmanship full blast promotion.

“This is something I want to highlight in our municipality: the importance of the Bulihan Festival. Through this festival, we give jobs to our residents, and we are able to promote tourism. There's so much fun and excitement here. I hope they will visit us soon. Discover Sampaloc now!'' Torres declared.

There is a full list of exciting activities at Sampaloc beginning on April 23 with the display of native delicacies in a program dubbed “Lutuing Sampalukin.” Fourteen barangays from Sampaloc are taking part in the food show.

On April 24, the Payas Contest will be held, wherein houses along the parade route are encouraged to decorate the exteriors of their homes with colorful buri and other indigenous materials. The theme for this year’s festivity is “Blooming Sampaloc,.'
Forty-six houses are vying for cash prizes. The first prize will get P25,000, the second P20,000, and the third P15,000. Three special awards will receive P10,000, while 40 consolation prizes of P2,000 each will also be given out. Cultural shows and a
display of products made of buri take centerstage during the festivity.

On April 25, the Paradang Bayan 2014 will take place, followed by the awarding of the Search for Natatanging Anak ng Sampaloc.

On April 26 comes the Lunesan sa Ilog Festival held on the Maapon River in Kakati, where residents will join in a boat race and hold picnics by the river.

The processing of raw materials used in making buri can be witnessed by visitors at Mahabang Tanaw in Barangay Taquico. The process involves steps such as pag-ak-ak, paglillang, boiling, drying, ayikoy, ayikid and minukmukan. Watching the process will
be a learning experience for many travelers. Transforming buri into a a variety of products is a unique experience only available in Sampaloc. No other town in the Philippines can this experience be had.

Mayor Torres encouraged constituents to invite their friends from all over the country to join in the festival’s events. In promoting the fiesta, the local government has launched a homestay program where the residents of Sampaloc “adopt” visitors for the duration of the event.

Want to experience Sampaloc, Quezon? Tour packages are available. For details, call Tina Poblete of the Sampaloc Municipal Planning and Development Office at (042) 555-83-42 and (042) 716-0011, or e-mail sampalocquezon@yahoo.com, xtiantina@gmail.com.ph, and nabracia@yahoo.com.

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