Dumaguete City | Buglasan 2022, The Grand Opening

 

Dumaguete City | Buglasan 2022, The Grand Opening

October 21, 2022, was the grand opening of the 2022 Buglasan Festival. Buglasan festival is a festival of festivals here in Negros Oriental, and is hosted by its capital city Dumaguete. Speculations were circulating around the province about whether the festivities will push through. 

The doubt came after two governors were seated at the provincial capitol, Roel Degamo of Pamplona vs. Pryde Henry Teves of Bayawan. 

And if you roam around the Buglasan booth area now, you can find two interesting observations.

Firstly, the towns of Valencia and Bayawan did not participate. This is probably because former Mayor Henry Pryde Teves is from Valencia and Bayawan. After he lost to Roel Degamo from a decision  by the DILG, the two towns may have lost the spirit to celebrate Buglasan. Or, they are showing a sign of protest.

Secondly, and probably the most embarrassing of this year's celebration, 99% of the booths are incomplete during the grand opening night. Loud power tools can be heard, probably cramming to finish the booth buildings. And the entire stretch of the booth area passed by visitors is just plain hazardous. The lack of readiness by the participating cities and municipalities is a disappointing display of public service. This is a yearly celebration, and preparation could have been done a year before - that's how planning works for significant events. 

And a friend explained to me that the booth area opening is on the 23rd. For me, this is another excuse from the government. Why would you make a grand opening without opening the center of attraction? The celebration's grand opening is on the 21st, while the center of attraction, of which people gather, is on the 23rd.

It's frustrating to think that professional and experienced event organizers are employed to work on Buglasan. And still, the booth buildings were not ready on the Grand Opening night.

Honestly, I do not know what happened in the preparation and execution of the Buglasan 2022 festival, but the government could have done better. 

I just hope that they can recover from their backlog - and still make Buglasan 2022 a success. Personally, I am anticipating this event since it was postponed for 2 years because of Covid. And visiting the Buglasan booth area has become a sort of a cultural gathering for Dumaguetenos. I do hope that everything will be in order and Buglasan 2022 will still be exciting the way I remember how it used to be.

And if you're planning to celebrate with Buglasan 2022, below is the BUGLASAN 2022 Schedule of Events.

Friday, October 21, 2022

1:00 pm 6th Buglasan Cue Artist Competition (Elimination 1) at Baroroy Eatery, Daro

4:00 pm Opening Ceremonies & Ecumenical Service at Capitol Forecourt Stage

5:00 pm Opening of Sidlakan Art And Crafts Gallery at the Sidlakan Village

5:00 pm Opening of Food Fair and Socio-Cultural Development Program & Bonsai and Ornamental Plant Competition at Kagawasan Avenue

6:00 pm Buglasan Negorense Talents Show at Freedom Park Stage

6:00 pm Car, Motor and Bike Show at Freedom Park

7:00 pm Fireworks Display (Opening Salvo) At Capitol Area

8:00 pm Buglasan Pundok Sayaw Competition at Freedom Park Stage

10:00 pm Buglasan Octoberfest 1 and Pista sa Nayon at Freedom Park (SMB Stage)


Saturday, October 22, 2022

1:00 pm 6th Buglasan Cue Artist Competition (Elimination 2) at Baroroy Eatery, Daro

4:30 pm-12:00 pm Buglasan Live Band Competition at Capitol Forecourt Stage

5:00 pm Tayada sa Pantawan (The Best of Dumaguete) Fireworks Display by Bolo Events at Pantawan 2 Boulevard

6:00 pm Car, Motor and Bike Show at Freedom Park

8:00 pm Foam Party at Freedom Park

10:00 pm Buglasan Octoberfest 2 and Pista sa Nayon at Freedom Park (SMB Stage)


Sunday, October 23, 2022

7:00 pm Formal Opening Ceremonies: LGU Fair Booths Competition (First Judging) at Kagawasan Avenue

7:00 pm Gandang Negorense Pageant Night at Freedom Park Stage

10:00 pm Buglasan Octoberfest 3 and Pista sa Nayon at Freedom Park (SMB Stage)


Monday, October 24, 2022

1:00 pm 6th Buglasan Cue Artist Competition (Elimination 3) at Baroroy Eatery, Daro

5:00 pm Pasundayag sa Buglasan Battle of Talents Part 1 at F Freedom Park Stage

8:00 pm First Buglasan Songwriting Competition

10:00 pm Buglasan Octoberfest 4 and Pista sa Nayon at Freedom Park (SMB Stage)


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

5:00 pm Buglasan Zumba at Pantawan

6:00 pm Minus-One Singing Competition – Bulilit Category at Capitol Forecourt Stage

8:00 pm Mister Negros Oriental Pageant Night at Freedom Park Stage

10:00 pm Buglasan Octoberfest 5 and Pista sa Nayon at Freedom Park (SMB Stage)


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

8:00 am Negrense Dance Sport National Championship 2022 – National Ballroom Competition at Convention Center

1:00 pm 6th Buglasan Cue Artist Competition (Elimination 4) at Baroroy Eatery, Daro

6:00 pm Buglasan Hip-Hop Competition – Junior Category at Freedom Park Stage

8:00 pm Sayaw Negrosanon – Street Dance Competition at Pantawan

10:00 pm Buglasan Octoberfest 6 and Pista sa Nayon at Freedom Park (SMB Stage)


Thursday, October 27, 2022

6:00 pm Pansundayag sa Buglasan Battle of Talents Part 2 at Capitol Forecourt Stage

10:00 pm Buglasan Octoberfest 7 and Pista sa Nayon at Freedom Park (SMB Stage)


Friday, October 28, 2022

1:00pm 6th Buglasan Cue Artist Competition (Championship)

4:00 pm Folk Dance Competition (Rural Category) at Freedom Park Stage

6:00 pm Minus-One Singing Competition – Senior Category

7:00 pm Miss Negros Oriental 2022 Pageant Night at Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex

8:00 pm Folk Dance Competition (Western Influenced Category) at Freedom Park Stage


Saturday, October 29, 2022

7:00 pm LGU Freedom Fair Booths Competition (Second Judging) at Freedom Park

10:00 pm Buglasan Octoberfest 9 and Pista sa Nayon with Live Band


Sunday, October 30, 2022

8:00 am Buglasan Festival 2022 Showdown at Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex

2:00 pm Buglasan Festival 2022 Street Dancing

8:00 pm Buglas Pasalamat – Closing and Fireworks Display and Live Band at Pantawan

8:30 pm Fireworks Display (Closing Event)

Updated as of October 18, 2022. Please take note that schedule may change without prior notice. For more information, please get in touch with the Provincial Tourism Office.

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