Unlike most festivals in the Philippines, Ibalong Festival is not a religious celebration or festivity about harvests. It is a celebration in recognition of the socio-historic-cultural heritage of Bicolanos as based on the Ibalong Epic showcasing the bravery and strength of three heroes—Baltog, Handyong and Bantong—who got to battle against the elements, one-eyed monsters, giant flying sharks, crocodiles as big as boats, and other such fearful creatures.

Learn more about this colorful festival as we discuss everything you need to know in this blog.

*All photos in this blog were taken from the website of the local government of Albay

Photos by albay.gov.ph.

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Ibalong Festival Date

Ibalong Festival is a weeklong celebration that kicks off every August 10 to 19 according to the local government of Albay. 

Place of Origin

Ibalong is a festival celebrated in Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol.


Ibalong Festival History

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The cultural background of Ibalong Festival is about three brave men. Ibalong is a festivity based on the Ibalong Epic featuring the bravery and strength of three heroes named Baltog, Handyong, and Bantong. The three men fought against the evil creatures including one-eyed monsters, giant flying sharks, crocodiles as big as boats, and more. They saved the locals from a huge flood, and laid the laws of the land.

Ibalong is a festival celebrated in Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol every August. People of Legzpi started celebrating the said festivity in 1992. The cultural background of Ibalong Festival plays a huge role in shaping Bicol’s culture. Legazpi City is one of the areas in the Philippines that are prone to typhoons, usually causing serious devastation yet the Bicolanos always stand up amid the calamity. The cultural background of Ibalong Festival shows the bravery, resilience, warmth, and hospitality of the Bicolanos. 


Schedule of Activities: Ibalong Festival 2021

As of writing, there are no updates yet as to where or how the Ibalong Festival 2021 is going to be held. Bookmark this blog as we are updating this page whenever there are new updates.


How to get to Legazpi City

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By bus
The common and cheapest way to reach Bicol is by bus. From Manila or Cubao, ride a bus going to Legazpi. From the terminal in Legazpi, you can charter a van going to your point of destination. This is perfect for those traveling on a budget. Travel time by bus is around 10-12 hours.

By plane
If you don’t have a lot of time to spare on the road, you can also take a plane ride going to Bico but it is more expensive. From Manila, there are regular flights to Legazpi City and it only takes 1 hour and 10 minutes.


Frequently Asked Questions About Ibalong Festival

Q: What is the story of the Ibalong Festival?
A: The festival is based on the Ibalong Epic, which tells of the story of Ibalon who was joined by three legendary heroes, Batlog, Handyong, and Bantong. The three heroes rid the town of monsters, saved the people from a great flood, and laid the laws of the land.

Q: What is the meaning of Ibalong?
A: Ibalon or Ibalong, is an ancient settlement currently located in present-day Magallanes, Sorsogon, Philippines, renowned as the first Spanish settlement on the island of Luzon.

Q: What is the date of Ibalong Festival?
A: The date of Ibalong Festival tagalog is August.

Q: Where is Ibalong Festival celebrated?
A: Ibalong is a festival celebrated in Legazpi City, Albay in Bicol.

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