by: Nathania Laforteza 3
Baragatan Festival is from the native term “bagat” which means ‘to unite’ is a fiesta celebrated annually to commemorate the foundation of the municipal government of Puerto Princesa Palawan. It is when different group with different cultures join together to perform in expression of their qualities, historical backgrounds and special delicacies.
The festival begins on the 22nd of May until the 2nd of June with colorful float parade and a unique dance parade. There is a dance competition and 14 various cultures will be represented. It is a very fun festival because you will be able to witness the talents of every Palawan citizen. So what are you waiting for? Come to Palawan and dance with us!
The true message of this exciting festival is that of unity and convergence. Though the event celebrates the individuality of the people of Palawan, it also seeks to celebrate the importance of coming together and being as one.
Baragatan also features the richness of Palawan's natural resources, local delicacies, arts and crafts, and the spirit of entrepreneurship of Palawanos in the LGU Trade Fairs. There is no reason for you to not go to Palawan during this festival! There are tons of things to see and do there. It also focuses on the skills and talents of Palawanos as they compete in the Palawan Pop Idol, Chorale Singing Compettion, Munting Tining/Dance Craze and the Baragatan Battle of the Band, among others.
Overall, the Baragatan festival is a one-of-a-kind experience that every Filipino should witness on their next visit to Palawan. It is indeed an experience to learn how Palawan locals celebrate their diverse culture and remain united—a cornerstone on how they achieve progress while preserving their unique culture and traditions.