A Healthy Celebration In Cebu The Vegetable Festival Of Dalaguete

A festival for the veggie lovers!

The Municipality of Dalaguete in Cebu celebrates its good harvest through dance and music every month of February. The town fiesta is celebrated annually in honor of its patron saint, San Guillermo, which is already its 305th anniversary this 2016.

The main highlight is celebrated with street dancing and showdown competitions known as "Utanon Festival."

Utanon is from the local term "utan" which means "vegetable" in English. The Municipality of Dalaguete is recognized as the "Vegetable Basket of Cebu". Its highly valued crops and vegetables are the municipality's major form of trade and Dalaguete's major contribution to the local economy of the province.

The festival is a form of thanksgiving for all the blessings received by Dalaguetenon from San Guillermo. lt aims to promote the vegetable industry and gives emphasis on vegetable farming as a sustainable source of livelihood. The event also serves as a venue for Cebuanos to showcase their talents.

Utanon Festival is held during the annual celebration of Dalaguete's Patron Saint San Guillermo de Aquitania every February 9-10.

Dalaguete is endowed with nice sandy beaches. Its sea is very enticing for those who love adventures like jet skiing, boating and its nice marine sanctuaries are great spots for scuba divers.

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Cebu (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, 45 minutes). And from the Cebu Airport, you will need to hire a cab to go to the city proper or to your destination (bus terminal). Ask to be dropped at the South Bus Terminal where you can ride a bus that passes Dalaguete or hire a van. Dalaguete is around 2 hours and 30 minutes ride from Cebu City.

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