This was a day of smile and positivism. Each face exuded a positive aura. Dancers smiled their best while the audience enjoyed a positive moment of their lives.

► The beautiful mansions here that were decorated with Abel Iloko fabric were just beautiful backgrounds for the street dance that was happening.

► The south end of Quezon Avenue where the Simbaan-a-Bassit was located became crowded with people who value and appreciate much their culture and heritage—they are called the Ilocano people.


[Vigan, Ilocos Sur Province, Ilocos Region, Luzon Island, Philippines]

As much as I can manage, I do my best to document all the important events in Vigan. This post you are reading now was held last month (May 2017) but it's only now that I could write/blog about it. There were important transitions in my life that I need to prioritize. 

Anyway, here's my Binatbatan blog coverage in photos. I started taking photos in front of the Simbaan-a-Bassit, the location my family have always stayed since when I was young everytime we watch street parades.


The south end of Quezon Avenue where the Simbaan-a-Bassit was located became crowded with people who value and appreciate much their culture and heritage—they are called the Ilocano people.

Perpendicular to the Quezon Avenue is the Liberation Boulevard—part of the traditional street dancing route that has been used since these festivals were born.

Liberation Boulevard could offer a different beauty and scene. Houses along this busy street are equally gorgeous mansions. The beautiful mansions here that were decorated with Abel Iloko fabric were just beautiful backgrounds for the street dance that was happening.


Some of the ancestral houses that made the setting heartfelt were the now Crisologo Museum and the mansion-turned-hotel Vigan Heritage Mansion/Hotel.

Calle Crisologo was where the bulk of the crowd stayed. Street dancers graced the cobblestone street (with passionate dances) lined by centuries-old houses, each with stories to tell.


This was a day of smile and positivism. Each face exuded a positive aura. Dancers smiled their best while the audience enjoyed a positive moment of their lives. This was Binatbatan Festival 2017. This was Vigan on an early May. | end |

▼ BLOG TIMELINE▼ BINATBATAN FESTIVAL 2017
BINATBATAN STREET DANCING THROUGH THE YEARS

▼ 2011
[VIGAN] ► Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival 2011 | The final showdown was finished the next day already and that was non-stop. May 7 was the start of the street dancing and in a continuous manner ended up on the dawn of May 8.

BINATBATAN FESTIVAL 2011
▼ 2012
[VIGAN] ► Binatbatan Festival: A Festival of Cottons and Fabric | Binatbatan Festival traces its roots from the abel weaving industry of Vigan which has been in existence even before the Spaniards came to colonize the Philippines.

BINATBATAN FESTIVAL 2012
▼ 2013
[VIGAN] ► Binatbatan Festival Street Dancing 2013 (Photo Coverage) | Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts happens every year usually from April 27 to May 4. The street pageantry usually falls every May 2. Enjoy!

BINATBATAN FESTIVAL 2013
▼ 2017
[VIGAN] ► Binatbatan Festival Street Dancing 2017 Blog Coverage | You are on this page.

Map Showing the Location of #Vigan

MAP OF VIGAN
► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] The above story is Part of the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts 2017.

[2] This post was filed under the category "Festivals." See more posts related to this below.


[3] The maps I used on this post are from maps.google.com.ph.

[4] All photos are mine.

[5] The insights, condition and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you try or see the properties or places mentioned here. Names of places and properties may also change by time so it's not my responsibility to update all the information on this blog because once published, I already consider it an archive and I won't update my narratives because I want them to become my references of what have happened in the past. I'm very particular of the dates because I want my amazing readers to understand that I am writing stories based on my perspective and insights on the day of my visit. You can see dates almost everywhere on this blog. Exempted from this rule are my travel guide posts that need to be updated.

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EDMAR GUQUIB

Born and Raised in Vigan, Philippines. Hardcore Ilocano. Genuine Bigueño. Sucker of Long Land Trips. Loves the Highlands. Professional Nurse on Weekdays. Coffee Addict. Travel Blogger in Between. For sponsorship, advertising, event invites and collaborations email me at edmaration@gmail.com.

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