Abaca Festival

Virac, Catanduanes

The Abaca Festival or formally known as Catanduanes Abaca Festival is a festival held each year in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines. The celebration happens every 4th week of the month of May. The festival is cognizance of the importance of abaca fiber or Manila hemp industry in the local economy and the need to showcase its versatility as a major source of livelihood and craft material which has b ...

rought Catanduanes fame and fortune. The festival will showcase the life and resilient spirit of the Catandunganon and its culture, as well as the uniqueness and exoticness of the island and its people.

Abaca Festival News

  • Catanduanes Island, The Happy Island

    Catanduanes Island, The Happy Island

    It surely took a lot of chutzpah & confidence for Catanduanes to herald a catchphrase "The Happy Island". Yes, it may sound lighted-hearted & prosaic but it also bears a heavy promise of an emotion that is part science, part art & part luck.

  • 2018 Abaca Festival: Bicol Festival Of Festivals Showdown

    2018 Abaca Festival: Bicol Festival Of Festivals Showdown

    It took me 12 years before I stepped my foot on back to the island of province of Catanduanes. And what better time than in the midst of their festivities. The 2018 Abaca Festival is on their 3rd year. The month long celebration aims to showcase their native abaca fiber or Manila hemp which is one of the main products of the province and source of livelihood. The month-long festival have pockets of activity culminating towards the 4th week of May. One of the much awaited is the Bicol Festival of Festivals Showdown where contingents from Bicol region participate in a dance showdown. A colorful ...

  • 3rd Abaca Festival Opens May 25 With Abaca-themed Parade Fair

    A fellowship parade with creative and colorful abaca floats is the highlight of the opening of the 3rd Abaca Festival this May 25, 2018 as the provincial government begins celebrates its major cash crop through five-day schedule of events.

    Governoe Joseph Cua, Vice Governor Shirley Abundo, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and municipal mayors and other local officials will join invited guests in the Thanksgiving Mass at the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral an hour earlier before proceeding to the fair. The festival's theme is "Bugkos Abaca: Kultura Pagyamanon, Ekonomiya Pauswagon."


  • Tribu Virac Leads 2017 Abaca Festival Winners

    Tribu Virac Leads 2017 Abaca Festival Winners

    The contingent from the capital town, calling themselves as 'Tribu Virac', reigned supreme in this year's Creative Dance Competition held at Virac Plaza Covered Courts last May 26 as the 2017 Abaca Festival came to a successful conclusion.

    In its newer version of the Burak Festival, now known as Milflores Festival, Virac bested five other contingents by securing the highest score from four of the five judges. It also clinched two of the three special awards, winning Best in Moving Choreography and Best in Costume.

    In the Battle of Festival Queens, 19-year old Yvonne Fe S. BesoƱa, 19, of ...

  • Calls For Unity Echo During The Abaca Festival

    Calls For Unity Echo During The Abaca Festival

    The province's leadership as well as officials of national agencies echoed the same call for unity in the effort to boost the agricultural sector through the Abaca Festival and at the same time enhance its tourism industry

    With the overwhelming support of Catandunganons making this year's edition grander that its maiden version, the 2nd Abaca Festival with the theme "Tibay nin Abaca, Maogma na Isla" commenced with a thanksgiving mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral officiated by Bishop Manolo delos Santos which was attended by government officials, heads of offices, employees and oth ...

  • Abaca Festival Launches Catanduanes New Happy Island Tag

    Abaca Festival Launches Catanduanes New Happy Island Tag

    Now on its second year of staging, the Abaca Festival in Catanduanes continues to help promote the abaca industry for which it has been known for while showcasing the province as a prime tourist destination with a new tagline as a "Happy Island".

    Carmel Bonifacio Garcia, Catanduanes tourism officer, said the new branding as a "Happy Island" for the tourism promotion activities of the province was officially launched during the festival opening ceremonies Monday and that it would last until Friday.

    Matet G. Reyes, a Catandunganon, had posted in her Facebook page that Catanduanes not only ...