Pulupandan celebrates Salapan Festival

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Friday, February 21, 2014


“SALAP,” a native word for “fishnet,” takes centerstage in Pulupandan as the town celebrated its 97th Annual Fiesta last February 15.

Highlighting the celebration was Salapan Festival, coined from the words “Salap” and “Pan.” Salap is linked to the traditional “guinamos (shrimp paste)” industry, while Pan comes from the word Pandan, where the town derived its name—Pulo ng Pandan or Isles of Pandan, due to the presence of wild forest palms in the town in the early days.

Another interpretation of “pan” is “pantalan” or port, a major factor in the economic growth of the town.

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Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson also joined the Salapan Festival.

All 20 barangays actively participated in the street dancing competition which showcased the colorful life in Pulupandan, its happy people, culture and tradition.

The street dancing competition, held at the grandstand, proved to be a crowd drawer, entertaining the residents and visitors alike. It showcased the talents, skills, and creativity of Pulupandanons.

Declared as champion was the combined team of Brgy. Zone 1, Zone 1A and Zone 2; while Brgy. Zone 6 was adjudged second place, and Brgy. Canjusa as third place.

The champion barangay was also chosen best in costume and best in street dancing, while Brgy. Zone 6 won best in choreography and was the “most disciplined” group.

In the evening, an estimated 10,000 spectators gathered at the municipal oval to witness the crowning of Miss Pulupandan 2014 Maria Angela Tañoso. Her court includes First Princess Mary Clarice Dajay and Second Princess Suzette McMahon.

A more exciting part of the show was the performance of Sexbomb dancers, which the municipal government brought in from Manila.

The audience was highly entertained, especially when Mayor Miguel Peña gamely performed with the Sexbomb dancers onstage.

The event culminated with a live band concert sponsored by San Miguel Beer. It was indeed a joyful and peaceful celebration that will be cherished by the people of Pulupandan, one that would keep them and the visitors excited for next year’s Salapan Festival. (Danny B. Dangcalan)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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