Kali-Kalihan Festival,Negros Occidental 2016
30 images Created 9 Feb 2016
The Kali-Kalihan Festival is held in the Municipality of Salvador Benedicto,Negros Occidental during the month of February.A Harvest festival it features a Street Dancing Parade involving Seven Barangays. A smaller festival with its own unique atmosphere.The costumes worn by dance groups focus on the usage of natural materials grown in the area.Designs for this event I thought were quite amazing.Unfortunately I wasnt able to cover the 'Kali' or Arnis demonstration one of the oldest forms of weaponary fighting in the Philippines - an excuse to come back next year I guess ! My visit wasnt totally confined to the festival and I took the opportunity to meandour around on the CRF within the Municipality and beyond,staying one night in Mambukal Resort & the next night at the Pataan Resort - each with their own specific attractions. Along the way I encountered some fascinating image opportunities and at all times was met with generous hospitality by the local communities.Negros is very different from Cebu with wide roads & an open expanse of countryside.Sugarcane is widely grown and an important economic crop in this area, fascinating to see the harvest taking place with trucks loaded with this valuable product coming & going.