Bonok-Bonok Festival

Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw is the name of the local festival in the province' capital city, Surigao. This is a ritual dance which originated from the Mamanwas, the early settlers of Surigao. The rhythm usually starts with a slow beat and gradually gets faster, causing the dancers to work at pace with the music. It is celebrated annually every 9th of September.

Adding to the attra ...

ction of the dance, is the colorful raiment, which includes beaded headdresses or tubaw, bracelets and anklets of the women. The ceremonial dress of the men and women are likewise ornate in design, and of various colors.

The dance ritual has been brought down through the generations and still being practiced today. In reverence to the Patron Saint San Nicolas de Tolentino, the people have already adopted the "Bonok??"bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw" Festival which is a reflection of Surigao's rich cultural heritage.

Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival News

  • Surigaonons Takes It To The Streets

    Surigaonons Takes It To The Streets

    Aside from its paradise-like islands, sumptuous local delicacies and, yes, those fat and fleshy crabs, one of the reasons why people flock to Surigao City is for its annual Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Kardjaw Festival.

    Bonok-Bonok is a Mamanwa word that means "heavy downpour" while Maradjaw Karadjaw is a local greeting that means "all the very best". The festivals name is culled from the notion that the rain ensures the abundant harvest of rice, root crops and fruits.

    The festival was celebrated with a colorful street parade last Saturday, September 9, coinciding with the feast of the citys pat ...

  • Bonok Bonok Festival Surigao City

    An amateur video of some of the contestants in 2017 Bonok-bonok Festival in their street dances.

  • Lumad Carrascalanon Wins 32nd Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival

    Lumad Carrascalanon Wins 32nd Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival

    Dancers from Carrascal, Surigao del Sur won this year's 32nd Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival, besting six other contingents held on Sept. 9 here.

    The Lumad Carrascalanon Folkloric Ensemble received P350,000 cash prize plus trophy.

    The other winners were Saint Paul University-Surigao, second place, with P250,000 cash prize plus trophy and Lumad Capalaynon of Capalayan National High School, third place, with P150,000 cash prize plus trophy.

    The special awards for Best in Costume, Best in Streetdancing, Best in Musicality and Reyna nan Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival, al ...

  • All Set For Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2016

    All Set For Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival 2016

    Now on its 32nd year, the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival with the theme, "Manajaw ta! Ang kalooy sa Dios maangkon ta," will take center stage on Friday, September 9, this city.

    This year's Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival will start with a thanksgiving mass at 9:00 A.M. at the San Nicolas de Tolentino Cathedral, then a street dancing at 2:00 P.M. from the city boulevard up to the Provincial Sports Complex simultaneous with the Drum and Lyre Competition (2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.) followed by the Dance Showdown Competition and announcement of winners.

    Seven contingents have conf ...

  • Surigao City Hosts Award-winning Fest

    Surigao City Hosts Award-winning Fest

    Surigao City, the capital of Surigao del Norte, will host on September 9 the award-winning Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival, a ritual dance which originated from the indigenous Mamanwa mountain tribe.

    The fest means "heavy downpour" and "all the very best" based on the belief that the heavy rains ensure a bountiful harvest. The festivity was later held in honor of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, the city's patron saint, whose feast is observed the next day.

    The city had marked on August 31 its 46th Charter Day as a city through Republic Act 6134.

    With the theme "Serbisyong Matinud-an ...

  • Surigao City Hosts Award Winning Fest

    Surigao City, the capital of Surigao del Norte, will host on September 9 the award-winning Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival, a ritual dance which originated from the indigenous Mamanwa mountain tribe.

    The fest means "heavy downpour" and "all the very best" based on the belief that the heavy rains ensure a bountiful harvest. The festivity was later held in honor of St. Nicholas of Tolentino, the city's patron saint, whose feast is observed the next day.

    The city had marked on August 31 its 46th Charter Day as a city through Republic Act 6134.

    With the theme "Serbisyong Matinud-an ...