Cebu is home to the Sinulog, which is considered among the grandest festivals in the whole archipelago. But, Cebu has more festivals to offer to visitors looking for something less grand yet still as fun. A good number of the towns in Cebu have their own festivals celebrating something significant in the town. For the City of Bogo, their festival celebrates the delicacy known as the pintos.
The pintos is a local delicacy that is made of ground corn, margarine or butter and milk. This popular delicacy is wrapped inside corn husk. The delicacy is cooked by soaking it in boiling water for around an hour. The delicacy was also used as the inspiration for the Pintos Festival in Bogo City. The Pintos Festival served as the replacement of another festival known as the Kuyayang Festival. The older festival is based on a traditional courtship dance.
The Pintos Festival is celebrated on the later part of May and coincides with the fiesta of the city that celebrates the patron saint of the city, St. Vincent Ferrer. The festival also reflects the main product of the city, which is corn. Due to this, it is rational for the city to promote this product during its annual festival.
The City of Bogo typically has a number of activities lined up for the annual Pintos Festival, including the Ms. Bogo Festival Queen competition. These activities culminate with street dancing where different contingents depict the sangi or planting and giving thanks for an abundant harvest. The different barangays in Bogo City form five different cluster tribes during the celebration of the festival. The Pintos Festival in Bogo City also features beauty contests and racing competitions. While corn of Bogo is the main focus of the festival, the city is also home to a thriving fishing industry. This is the reason why the city has three wharves that can accommodate a good number of boats.
The Pintos Festival of Bogo City reflects the fun-loving nature of the residents of the city and Cebuanos as a whole. Aside from being fun-loving, the festival also shows that the people of Bogo are appreciative and grateful for all the blessings they receive each year.
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