The colorful 7th Saludan Festival of Tigbauan
The colorful culture of the southern coasts of Iloilo reflects the Ilonggo’s typical rural life. Daily yet admirable scenes of farming, fishing and handicraft-making are celebrated yearly both as showcase of our unique culture and also as a thanksgiving to our province’s bountiful harvests -be it from the sea or the land. In the historic town of Tigbauan, the Saludan Festival is cultural expression of the Tigbauanons’ love for the good, simple yet bountiful life.
The culture of the town of Tigbauan reflects a society with diverse influences and traditions, and to express this cultural richness, Saludan, a cultural festivity is held yearly to showcase the town’s distinct traditional activity that is celebrated through dance and music.
Saludan is an Ilonggo term that originated from the word “salud” which literally means the act of gathering or accumulating a thing for its interest or value. Like the fishermen using their fishnet for their catch or the farmers using their basket for their milled rice or any other agricultural products after harvest. Tigbauanons celebrate the bounties and graces that they received from God out of their hard work.
The four-day event opens with a Food Festival, Trade Fair, and a Beauty Pageant. The gem of the festivity is the tribe competition.
We would like to thank Mayor James Excelsior Torres and the municipal government of Tigbauan for their very warm welcome.
How to get to Tigbauan:
Tigbauan is only 25 minutes away from Iloilo City and can be accessed through the National Highway connecting Iloilo City and Antique. Jeepneys bound for Tigbauan are available at Mohon Terminal or at Terminal Market in downtown Iloilo City.Tags: Festivals, Tigbauan