Philippine Island Times Adventures of an American expat in the Philippines

September 8, 2009

Party Time

Filed under: siquijor — Donald @ 1:03 pm

Bugwas is the biggest festival of the year in my municipality of San Juan, Siquijor. It lasts a few days, with live bands every night, plenty of sugba sugba (“grill grill”) in the park, a beauty contest, a basketball tournament, and everyone’s favorite event, street dancing.

The municipality celebrated its fiesta later in the week. Families prepare huge feasts that traditionally are open to anyone who ventures in, but that are attended mostly by family and friends. A good time was had by all, except for the pigs.

I added one of those to my neighbor’s offerings (above). A good friend (below) is about to carve into another at his family’s place. He’s heard that the tradition of having lots of people over to eat an entire pig at a sitting was developed years ago due to the lack of refrigeration. I did my part to prevent pork spoilage at four houses that day.

My friend above had a birthday party for his daughter two days later.

I forgot to take a camera to the next event, a great birthday bash thrown by the owners of Coral Cay, just down from my house.

On my first trip to the Philippines I stayed a couple of weeks at El Dorado Beach Resort on the neighboring island of Negros and learned to dive. Some of the staff there, including the girls left and right below, became my first friends (yes, just friends) in the country.

Last weekend the one on the left was in the Miss Dauin pageant, so I made a return visit to cheer. She won Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality, which seems about right. The girl in the center is Miss Philippines Earth. She came to judge and was also staying at the resort.

Back to work until my little neighborhood has its own fiesta on October 7. I need a break.


  1. Donald,

    The Bugwas Festival seems to be growing in popularity. I can’t help but wonder what would happen if the government would kick in some pesos. Of course, I am always wondering the same about a lot of activities and projects on the island.
    Thanks for making me very “home sick”!

    Your friend,
    Siquijor Gary

    Comment by Siquijor Gary — September 10, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

  2. Gary! Better you come back next year and kick in some pesos for San Mig and sugba sugba. Looking forward to your next amphibious assault.

    Check out Gary’s great website at

    Comment by Donald — September 13, 2009 @ 7:07 am

  3. All looks as i you are feeling more at home!!! Keep the hospitality coming it goes a long way! Hey i am going to Mexico in November, and my friend who is sponsoring the trip is going to take us to the poor, she says it will change us forever! I think I could use a heart for the poor!

    Comment by kelly — September 18, 2009 @ 9:39 pm

  4. Don – what a colorful, wonderful place you live in! I just caught up on your last few posts. Sorry to hear you were sick, and I hope you are now eating plenty of porkchops. Keep posting! As our days are getting darker and colder, I need images of happier, brighter places! (Oh, and – keeping dry? Was your island hit hard by the hurricane?)

    Comment by Mary — September 27, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

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