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Twin Festivals at Capiz: Bayanihan and Thanksgiving

Submitted by on September 18, 2011 – 8:12 pm3 Comments

This 3rd week of September, two different festivals are set to be celebrated at Capiz – the Patabang Festival at Tapaz, and the Pasalamat Festival of Dao. Both of these festivals stem from the Capiznons’ cherished values of sharing, thanksgiving and bayanihan (the Filipino way of community sense of team building and helping).

Bayanihan Sa Capiz

Taken from Flickr (reneboylaurino)

At September 20-30, the people of Tapaz will celebrate the Patabang Festival which is based on Tapaznons” sense of generosity and helping one another. “Pagpatabang” or loosely translated as helping one another, is deeply rooted on the Tapaz people’s daily life. Pagpatabang is best exemplified in times of rare occasions such as working on farms during planting and harvesting season, transferring of house from one place to another (the classic picture of bayanihan), and helping in preparing food during special events like weddings or fiestas. This bayanihan spirit is celebrated by street dancing, merry making, and concerts at the town proper.


Pasalamat Festival at Dao (Courtesy of Province of Capiz Tourism

The people of Dao, Capiz will celebrate their annual Pasalamat Festival – a thanksgiving in honor of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva, the town’s patron saint. This festival is also taken as an opportunity to shwocase the town’s rich culture and heritage, strengthen the Daonhons’ sense of community and solidarity, and thanksgiving to God’s continuous blessings and the town’s prosperity. Just like in Tapaz, this celebration always entails street dancing, concerts,and pageants as well.


Official Seal of Tapaz

Tapaz is a first class municipality in Capiz and was founded on 1835 still as part of its neighboring town, Dumalag. Being under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Jaro, Tapaz was declared as an independent parish by Bishop Mariano Cuartero in 1874. The municipal motto of the town is “Regnat Populus Dei” or “The People of God Reigns”.
How to get there: Tapaz is the bordering town of Capiz on other two provinces of Panay – Antique and Iloilo. It is readily accessible through the old Iloilo-Capiz Road which is connected to the National Highway through Dumalag.

Contact Person:

Mayor Rosemarie F. Gardose
Municipality of Tapaz, Capiz
Tel. no. (036) 538-2011


Dao is a fourth class municipality in Capiz and is easily reached through the National Highway from Iloilo or from Roxas City.

Contact Person: 

Mayor Joselito Y. Escutin
Municipality of Dao, Capiz
Tel. no. (036) 534-1009

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