We can’t imagine ourselves not eating rice the whole day right? It seems like eating rice has been a part of our body systems that we can’t have a meal without it. Did you know that there’s actually a festival to thank the Gods of Agriculture?

Held every Sunday nearest the first of May, Pasalamat Festival is a harvest thanksgiving celebration by the people of La Carlota City. This festival is based on an age-old practice of offering thanksgiving to the God of Agriculture living inside Kanlaon Volcano.

Majority of the land area in La Carlota City is dedicated to Agriculture. The Pasalamat Festival is only one of the grandest celebrations in Negros Occidental.

The good thing about this festival is that, now, it brings people of La Carlota together thanking the God Almighty for all the blessings they received giving them hope in spite of struggles and the gift of life.

Pit Senyor! #PasalamatFesfival2018 #PasalamatFestival #YanaZoned #YanAdventures

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One of the main activities in pasalamat Festival is the street dancing competition where everyone can dance to the original Pasalamt Samba beat played live by the Pasalamat drum beaters. Their colorful costumes from their local resources attracts tourists to visit Negros.

ATO KINI! Sayaw pasalamat alang kang Señor Santo Niño.

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How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

La Carlota is approximately 1-hour drive by private car from Bacolod. From Bacolod, you can ride a bus plying to La Carlota at the South Terminal.
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