Posted by : Jimalalud Online Forum Monday, May 27, 2013

Jimalalud's Hambabalud Festival
Photo Courtesy of The HYIP Bulletins
Celebrated every 13th day of January, the Sinulog de Jimalalud, known today as Hambalalud Festival is the most contested event in celebration of the town's fiesta and unending blessings & generosity of the Holy Child, Sr. Sto Niño.

The Hambabalud Festival, the most awaited event each year, derives its name from the town’s most treasured trees, Hambabalud, which are believed to be the realm of the enchanted guardian of the trees, the mountain nymph they called, Diwata.  To counteract the evils unleashed, the local folks seek the intercession of their patron, the Holy Child.(r/s)

The Hambabalud tree has become the symbol of God’s natural gift to the inhabitants, a part and parcel of the lives of the Jimalaludnons which they celebrate in the festival.(r/s)

Hambabalud Festival, a participant of the annual Buglasan Festival, wins several major awards in different category in the last few years and it has participated in several regional events in Central Visayas.

Ms. Jimalalud, Horse Fighting, and Balak, Balitaw & Harana are among the few competitions during the three-day celebretation of the town's annual fiesta.


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