Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts is celebrated during the first week of the month of May. It was started in 1993 by the Save Vigan Ancestral Homes Association, Inc. (SVAHAI) to promote awareness of the value of the historic town, which was hoped to strengthen resolve to preserve and protect this heritage site. For the past sixteen years, the festival of arts has been successful in drummi ...

ng up attention for Vigan's ancestral houses. With the help of national and local agencies, as well as media, arts and non-governmental supporters, the festival has also succeeded in promoting other aspects of Vigan. Its popularity has even benefited the whole tourism industry of the northern region, bringing in tens of thousands of local and foreign tourists curious to explore and have a "northern experience."

Viva Vigan's week-long festivities have both religious and secular importance. It starts on the 1st of May, when the whole country celebrates Labor Day and Vigan remembers its own Isabelo de los Reyes, who founded the country's first federation of labor. The catholic faithful also remembers on this day St. Joseph, patron saint of workers. The first-day commemoration is followed by the Binatbatan Festival celebrations, which includes a street dancing competition. Binatbatan dancing is connected to Vigan's abel Iloco craft. The dance depicts how cotton pods are beaten with bamboo sticks to release the cotton fluff called batbat from its seed. This festival was started in 2002 to showcase this traditional weaving craft that is said to predate the arrival of the Spaniards.

Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts News

  • Artists Pay Tribute To Farmers Carabaos In Binatbatan Festival Of Arts

    Artists Pay Tribute To Farmers Carabaos In Binatbatan Festival Of Arts

    See Vigan's colorful culture and history depicted on carabaos at the Binatbatan Festival of Arts!

    On Friday, May 5, 15 artists paid tribute to the farmers and their beasts of burden at the Binatbatan Festival of Arts in Vigan City.

    The artists painted the carabaos with designs inspired by the culture and history of Vigan City for a parade that took place in the city's heritage district.

    The artists had a field day doing what they do best, using seeds and tiles in their artwork.

    Vigan City will also celebrate the month of May as National Heritage Month, which recognizes the need to ...

  • Preservation Of Vigans Heritage Through Festival Of The Arts

    Preservation Of Vigans Heritage Through Festival Of The Arts

    Vigan's heritage is not only celebrated and promoted for preservation during the World Heritage Solidarity Festival in September, but also during the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts in May.

    "It is very timely that you have this festival in May as it is the National Heritage Month," said Dr. Edwin Antonio of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) during the radio program of the Philippine Information Agency.

    The preservation of Vigan's heritage during the weeklong festival from May 1 to 7 is demonstrated by the various events which centers on the miracle of May ...

  • Vigans Calesas Take Center Stage

    Vigans Calesas Take Center Stage

    The city's famous horse-drawn carriages or calesas took center stage as Vigan City celebrates the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts this week.

    The heritage city's famous calesas or horse-drawn carriages took center stage as Vigan City celebrated the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts this week.

    Calesas play a vital role in the city's tourism industry as they not only serve as transportation for tourists, they are tourist attractions themselves.

    This week, colorful and especially decorated calesas paraded along the Spanish-era city's world-renowned streets to showcase ...

  • Ilocos Sur Festivals Are Best Markets Of Native Products

    The festivals in Ilocos Sur have been the best markets of the native products of the 34 towns and cities of the province.

    The festivals that serve as avenues for the display of these products are the two-week long Kannawidan Ylocos Festival in January, the Binatbatan Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts in May, and the Solidarity Cultural Festival in Vigan City in September.

    According to Rosario Quodala of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Ilocos Sur, the sales from the local producers in the province and other participating provinces in the Kannawidan Ylocos Festival reached abou ...

  • Travels From The North Viva Vigan

    Travels From The North Viva Vigan

    Vigan is a city in Ilocos Sur. It's well-known for it's Philippine and Oriental building designs with the fusion of colonial European architecture and is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    I've been here for the 3rd time and I must say I'm still awestruck with it's beauty ??" the same feeling I've experienced before.

    The streets are lively. Most people walk around, shop and eat street foods which are very tasty especially the popular Vigan Empanada , to me it's one of the many example of how diverse our culture is when we recreated Empanada from the influence of the Spaniards into s ...

  • Pushing Vigans Ancient Culture To The Future

    Pushing Vigans Ancient Culture To The Future

    To preserve the World Heritage City of Vigan which is the only one on the Philippines, the local government and other private groups and individuals united to form a strong mechanism that continually pushes the city's culture towards the future.

    Mayor Eva Marie Medina, in a radio program, said one of the ways is through the festivals established in the city.

    In this year's Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts, yearly celebrated in the last days of April until the first week of May, interesting parts of the city's culture were given the spotlight. These included the Abel Iloco, t ...