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

With already so many festivals in the country, why check out the Isla Rancho Festival in San Pascual, Masbate? In a province known mainly for its vast fields for grazing cattle and cowboys overlooking the many ranches of its three islands, it is interesting to see how this cowboy culture is infused with their celebration in reverence to their patron saint San Pascual. The Isla Rancho Festival Streetdance competition was one of the highlights of their 8-day Isla Rancho Festival. This colorful spectacle from performormances from eight groups of the 22 villages in San Pascual creatively showcased the traditional festive atmosphere similar to many popular festivals in the country with a unique cowboy kick twist.

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 in these events. The Isla Rancho Festival is still in ts 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 7am. We joined their parade to the pier and saw some of their street routines which mixes their dance with their patron saint and hints of their daily life of tending cattle and fishing.

We weren’t able to catch the main performances though but we learned 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

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