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Philippine Fiesta: Bonok-Bonok Maradjao Karadjao Festival - Surigao City Festivities
Bonok-Bonok Maradjao Karadjao Festival Philippine Festival - Maradjao Karadjao Surigao Colorful festival in Surigao City

A 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! Viva Maradjao-Karadjao".


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