La Carlota City is in the southwestern part of central Negros Island nestled in the foot of the sacred Mt. Kanla-on which is the highest peek in Central Visayas . The rich culture of La Carlota is manifested through the celebration of Pasalamat Festival. A weeklong celebration of thanksgiving to the bountiful harvest which falls every last Sunday of April. This year’s Pasalamat Festival will be its 40th year.
It culminates with a Mardi Gras like parade of floats and caricatures. Dancers clad in their colorful indigenous costumes. Sashaying in the tune of samba which drumbeaters created out of carabao leather drums and percussion instruments from indigenous materials.
The original “sambita” or the samba beat was first conceptualized by late Mayor Luis “Nonoy” Jalandoni Jr. In which the original Pasalamat Festival was a simple marry making and street dancing to mark the end of the milling and harvest season to give thank to God Almighty for the bountiful harvest. The first festival took place on May 1, 1980 after several calamities hit the province of Negros Occidental most especially in La Carlota.
Pasalamat Festival and its drumbeaters is making its way to attract local and tourist. It has gone a long way and captured the heart of nearby provinces like Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan in Mindanao and in Manila. The drumbeaters also acclaimed by foreign during the world exposition held at Aichi, Japan in the year 2005.
Pasalamat Festival 2019 Schedule of Activities:
April 22, 2019
April 28, 2019
How to get there:
La Carlota is approximately an hour drive from the city of Smiles, Bacolod if private vehicle. Its almost two hours by public utility jeepneys via the main highway. It is also accessible via the inferior barangays of Bago City.
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