colorful festival showcasing the Surigaonon’s Tribal
Culture through street dancing. It is a day-long
festival marking the Surigao City’s annual fiesta
celebration which is celebrated every September 9. Held
in honour of the city’s patron, San Nicolas de Tolentino,
this popular Mardi Gras celebration features street
parties and traditional ethnic dance rituals. The
day-long festivities take place in the area around the
Provincial Sports Complex which is a great place to see
the many different dancers perform. This deeply
traditional event is a way of asking the gods for good
health and bountiful harvests.
The main feature is the Bonok-Bonok, an ethnic Mamanua
Dance performed by the natives during "Kahimonan"
(Fiesta) workshop and wedding ceremonies. A prelude to
the celebration of the Maradjao-Karadjao Festival is the
Bulawanong Barangay. Before the Bonok-Bonok festivity is
held, preliminary contest between the 22 barangays of
Surigao City is ongoing to accentuate the month long
festivity that livens up to the household of respective
family of Surigao City. Other activities are street
dancing particiapted in by different private and
government contingents using creative costumes, huge
floats and hilarious chanting " Viva Señor San Nicolas!