Helobung Festival

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Helobung Festival is a town feast that features the culture and livelihood of T'boli tribes and B'laan tribes in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. The province is locally known for its native festivals that highlight more of the T'boli tradition through different tribal activities such as horse fighting, and cultural dances. They also have colorful parades, photo exhibits, and trade expos. It is also a t ...

hanksgiving celebration for a bountiful harvest and abundant living in the province. Not only local people enjoy this event but also tourists from different parts of the world who wish to experience a unique taste of native culture found only here in the Philippines. It is celebrated every 9th to 11th of November.

Helobung Festival News

  • Happy Helobung Festival And 34th Founding Anniversary Municipality Of Lake Sebu

    Happy Helobung Festival And 34th Founding Anniversary Municipality Of Lake Sebu

    Lake Sebu, dubbed as the summer capital and eco-cultural center of South Cotabato, is celebrating its 34th Founding Anniversary today, November 11, 2017 and the culmination of the week-long Helobung Festival.

    A first class municipality and one of the major tourist destinations in SOCCSKSARGEN, Lake Sebu is known for its numerous natural attractions, wonderful culture and exciting adventures. Lake Sebu is home to the Tboli tribe which are known for their tnalak weaving and their rich culture and traditions, its three (3) lakes namely Seloton, Lahit, and Sbu, the famous Seven Falls and Seven ...

  • Helobung Festival A Celebration Of Culture By Those Who Truly Should

    Helobung Festival A Celebration Of Culture By Those Who Truly Should

    A long parade of people all wearing traditional Tboli garbs filled the streets. It's not a usual sight in Lake Sebu in this modern time even if the town is inhabited predominantly by Tboli peoples, but every second week of November the sleepy upland town of Lake Sebu becomes more alive with all things Tboli ??" it's the culmination day of Helobung Festival!

    We arrived just in time for the parade and we had to rush down amidst the road blockades set up to give way to the festival activities. There were no gargantuan floats, no national celebrities invited to attract more visitors but you can ...

  • Helobung Festival A Celebration Of Lake Sebus Bountiful Tilapia Harvest

    Helobung Festival A Celebration Of Lake Sebus Bountiful Tilapia Harvest

    The T'Boli tribe takes pride in its culture and traditions at the Helobung Festival.

    Lake Sebu in South Cotabato Province is regarded as a miraculous body of water by the highland tribe of T'boli. Surrounded by lush forests, it is also home to seven beautiful waterfalls.

    It is believed that Lake Sebu's waters never run dry while continuously giving bountiful harvest of tilapia fish.

    Every November, the T'boli tribe showcases their arts, culture, and sports. On the day of the celebration, a traditional horse fight is held. Helubong is a T'boli word meaning never-ending joy.

    Beadwor ...

  • Helobung Festival a Celebration Of Culture By Those Who Truly Should

    Helobung Festival a Celebration Of Culture By Those Who Truly Should

    A long parade of people all wearing traditional Tboli garbs filled the streets. It's not a usual sight in Lake Sebu in this modern time even if the town is inhabited predominantly by Tboli peoples, but every second week of November the sleepy upland town of Lake Sebu becomes more alive with all things Tboli ??" it's the culmination day of Helobung Festival!

    We arrived just in time for the parade and we had to rush down amidst the road blockades set up to give way to the festival activities. There were no gargantuan floats, no national celebrities invited to attract more visitors but you can ...

  • Tboli Celebrate Helobung Festival

    Tboli Celebrate Helobung Festival

    Lake Sebu, the heartland of the colourful Tboli tribe in South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philipiines was a hive of exciting activities as the local residents celebrated the week-long annual Helobung Festival from Nov. 6-11,2014.

    The celebration also coincided with Lake Sebu's 33rd Foundation Anniversary themed "Kemdol Lake Sebu: Soar High, Threshing Tnalak's Best" .

    Highlight of the Festival was a Tboli cultural parade which among others, showcased the tribe's rich culture, heritage and traditions through music, drums and dances at the municipal plaza (photo). Particularly impressive was the ...

  • The Helubong Festival Of The Tbolis

    The Helubong Festival Of The Tbolis

    Usually held in the second week of November is the mystical Helubong Festival. I was invited little over a year ago to judge one of the events of the celebration in the municipality of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato by Reden Ulo of the Sta. Cruz Mission School.

    The Helubong Festival is a celebration of thanksgiving for the good harvest and abundance by the members of the T'boli community in Lake Sebu. The word means never-ending joy. True to the fact that everyone is happy during the celebration where they presented cultural performances, rituals, trade fairs among others. This is one way of the ...