The Sinanggiyaw Festival of Dumanjug highlights the abundance of the farm products of the town along with the fertility of their land. It aims to show visitors what the town can offer to the world even as the town is gradually becoming more urban rather than rural. Similar to other festivals in the archipelago, the Sinanggiyaw Festival also celebrates the feast day of the patron saint of the town, St. Francis of Assisi. The festival has been celebrated on October 4 of each year since 1855.
The term Sinanggiyaw is derived from two Cebuano “sinanggi,” which refers to harvested crops or the way crops are harvested, and “sayaw,” which means to dance. The second word was shortened to show the last syllable of the Cebuano word. The term “Sinanggiyaw” essentially means “to dance in the same manner as harvesting crops.”
The dance steps used for the street dancing competition demonstrates three aspects of farming, namely planting, harvesting, and thanksgiving. The participants in the competition are mainly elementary and high school students, who showcase their talents in front of residents and visitors to the town. Colorful costumes and props are used by the participants of the competition.
In addition to the competitions, the Sinanggiyaw Festival is also a venue for the town to showcase its products to visitors. Booths are set up in the town to display the different farm and food products of the town. The different agricultural products that can be seen on display include corn, rice, bananas, coconuts, and camote or sweet potatoes, among others. The exhibit also puts on display the different handicraft items produced in the town. These items include furniture products and handicrafts created by the talented craftsmen of Dumanjug.