Celebrating New Year means being grateful and starting a brand new change. We need to be thankful for all the blessings that we have received, and the experiences that taught us to be stronger and wiser. It can also be about changing our habits, perception and anything else that we want to improve in our life. It gives us the hope for a better tomorrow and a new beginning. And you can celebrate all of these during the festival of Bailes de Luces.

To honor their gratitude for the past year and the hope that a new year brings, the MunicIpality of La Castellana in Negros Occidental celebrates the festival of Bailes de Luces or Dances of Lights.

5 Reasons Why You Should Experience Bailes de Luces

History in the Making

Found on the foot of Mount Kanlaon, the municipality of La Castellana goes all out to celebrate the Bailes de Luces Festival. The festival started in the year 2000, where a fire torch called “sulo” was still used back then. There are street dancing and competitions during the week-long celebration starting December 30, every year. It was in 2012 when the festival was largely recognized through the afternoon show “Showtime” on an inter-town finals competition. Since then the district has been receiving a lot of visitors just to experience the festival for themselves.

Majestic Performances

There are street dancing and various events during the festival. On every 5th day of January, the Charter Day of La Castellana, they hold the Bailes de Luces Festival Arena Dance Competition to conclude the magnificent celebration. The competition is held in the evening to better enjoy the display and the whole event. The competitors use Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs in their performances. They also wear colorful and vibrant costumes. This lively show portrays the dancing lights that they celebrate every year.

Enriching the locals

The competition is among the residents of La Castellana, schools and barangays. Last January 5, 2018, the categories for the competition were elementary, high school and barangay. Winners of the competition received an award and prize money for their wonderful performances.

Experience it for Yourself

You will not be able to stop yourself from joining on the cheers of the crowd and be wowed by everything that is happening on stage. The lights are truly magnificent against the dark. The dazzling changing colors are bright and fun to watch. Many tourists, local or foreign, go to La Castellana just to watch it with their own eyes.

You are Missing Out on this Great Occasion

Mark your calendars and save the date for the next Bailes de Luces Festival. If you miss it now, you would have to wait for a year just to witness it. Watching it unfold with your own eyes is a remarkable experience that you should not miss. It is an awesome way to wrap up the holidays.


How to Get to La Castellana

To get to La Castellana, you only need to book a flight going to Bacolod. Once you reach the Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle going to the south terminal and ride the bus heading to La Castellana.

Remember to bring your camera and charger or extra batteries on your trip. You will definitely those to take pictures or videos. Enjoy the festivity!

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