San Pascual | Colors and Faces of Isla Rancho Festival Streetdance 2015

Isla Rancho Festival 2015 Barangay Bulod
Locals excitedly watch from the windows of their old homes
Locals excitedly watch from the windows of their old homes

While festivals are really a great way to enjoy the culture of a destination, I normally don’t cover them since I don’t like the crowd at these events. The Isla Rancho Festival is still in its infancy that’s why I enjoyed it that much. I get to get close and interact with the performers. No pesky photographers blocking your view, the locals enjoy watching from their homes and they stick to the schedule which is at 7 am. We joined their parade to the pier and saw some of their street routines which mix their dance with their patron saint and hint at their daily life of tending cattle and fishing.

We weren’t able to catch the main performances though but we learned about the winners from our friend in San Pascual Karl. Congratulations to the following.

  • Champion: Brgy Dancalan/Pinamasingan/Cueva
  • 1st Runner Up: Brgy Mapanique/Quintana/Halabang
  • 2nd Runner Up: Brgy Busing/Iniwaran

The Isla Rancho Festival is still young but it has good qualities to make it really popular in the coming years. Hey everyone at some point wants to become a cowboy right? Well, this festival is a chance to see them and their way of life. Burias Island is a lot more accessible than the other islands of Masbate so I wouldn’t be surprised if tourism would grow in the coming years.

Face painted
Face painted
This cowgirl says hi
This cowgirl says hi
A flower girl from Brgy Busing
A flower girl from Brgy Busing
Butterfly mask
Butterfly mask
Into the groove
Into the groove
The cowboys huddle
The cowboys huddle