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My 1st ravishing Dinamulag Festival experience!

 

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IBA, ZAMBALES is known as a mining province and a glamorous land sandwiched by gratifying mountains and captivating views of the sea. I have to admit that the first time I came here I fell in love with how the light turned everything into gold when the sunset reigns during the afternoon. Every leaf sparkles, turning most matters held by gravity into glittering objects. My words can’t even express how stunning this place is. Yet, only during this trip was I made aware of the fact that these captivating land also contains huge and sweet mangoes found in the Philippines.

The Festival

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In line with that, Dinamulag Festival is celebrated annually to pay tribute to the land’s bountiful harvest. I also found out from a few locals that the Sweet Elena carabao mango variety grown here and was in fact cited in the Guinness Book of World Records world’s sweetest in 1995!

The Online Media Personalities

From the left Lakad Pilipinas - Christian Sangoyo, Mujee Gonzales of Eats In the Philippines , Potpot Pinili of Travel Trilogy, Karla Ramos of Karlaroundtheworld and beside me is JD Fernando (Youtuber) — not in the photo : Beverly Cumla, Macoy Galope and Khym Manalo of Adober Studios

From the left Lakad Pilipinas – Christian Sangoyo, Mujee Gonzales of Eats In the Philippines , Potpot Pinili of Travel Trilogy, Karla Ramos of Karlaroundtheworld and beside me is JD Fernando (Youtuber) — not in the photo : Beverly Cumla, Macoy Galope and Khym Manalo of Adober Studios

Last March 28-30, 2019, I came to celebrate, indulge and experience the sweetest festival in the Philippines, I was joined by a group of online personalities (Bloggers/ influencers / youtubers) too which actually made the whole trip way more memorable than ever!

Zambayle (Street Dancers)

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First stop we went around the streets of IBA, Zambales to witness the local street dancers. Dressed in gorgeous mango-inspired costumes, the streets were flodded by dancers spreading countless sweet scenarios.

What I’m amazed most about this festival were the heavenly pleasing personalities of the street dancers, I witnessed how passionate they were every single time the tourists and visitors asked them to dance and flaunt their costumes in the most creative way possible. Without hesitation these performers did things as how they were told. They would stop in the middle of the parade, mingle with travelers and tourists (along with the media) , smile at the camera and even dance gracefully to please the crowd around them.

Costumes

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I was astounded by how much effort were placed upon creating their costumes. Everything was mango-inspired, dressed in vibrant colors of yellow and green, make up was splendid. The chosen muse and escort per group definitely killed it too, successful enough to put life to the costumes during the parade.

The crowd

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Ravishing scenes! I saw how delighted the viewer’s eyes were as they focused their attention to each performance. Everybody danced their heart out in tune with the beat of the drums. Everybody had their ‘bets’, the crowd screamed the name of their favourite group as a form of support, before and after each performance.

It was an animated afternoon filled with buzzing locals mixed with active tourists and travellers. I do believe that the crowd does a great big part in order for a festival to become successful, having experienced it myself, I must insist, Dinamulag Festival is one of the most lively festivals I’ve been too!

The following day we then toured around Zambales to see and experience the rest of this alluring part of the Philippines. I have already listed the places and the things you may do before and after you attend Dinamulag Festival, however I wish to publish this on another blog post so you may be able to see highlights and take proper details of where to go and what to do. So please do stay tuned in the next coming weeks.

 

For starter here are some highlights of our tour:

The untouched beaches of Magalawa Island
The famous Sonsings restaurant
and a lot more!

Hope you enjoyed this blog entry. Till my next update. Safe travels everyone!

Love,
Levy Amosin
Travel blogger • Style Influencer

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