Festivals

Amlan Budyas Festival
October 31 – November 1

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The budyas, a traditional ritual on the waterfront, where offerings are made to the spirits to involve good fortune on the fishermen and their fishing implements. The image of the town patron, St Andrew the Apostle, is then brought out of the Tandayag south chapel and transported, by elaborately decorated boats filled with devotees and a band, to the Tandayag north chapel where a Mass of thanksgiving is celebrated. Streetdancing to the town plaza follows.

The coastal Barangay of Tandayag has two chapels, one in Tandayag Norte and another in Tandayag Sur. The budyas is a ritual blessing of the fishermen and their fishing gear on the beach in front of the south chapel, after which the images of the two patrons of Amlan, Saints Peter and Paul, are transported to the northern chapel in a fluvial procession of elaborately decorated sea craft. Street dancing follows, with the contingents in fish folk motif. A feature of the town’s November 30 fiesta.

Way Boga Festival
July 14-15

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The coastal Barangay of Tandayag has two chapels, one in Tandayag Norte and another in Tandayag Sur. The budyas is a ritual blessing of the fishermen and their fishing gear on the beach in front of the south chapel, after which the images of the two patrons of Amlan, Saints Peter and Paul, are transported to the northern chapel in a fluvial procession of elaborately decorated sea craft. Street dancing follows, with the contingents in fish folk motif. A feature of the town’s November 30 fiesta. Old ritual on the beach to invoke good fortune on fishing vessels and paraphernalia, followed by fluvial procession of decorated boats.

Budyas festival is a traditional ritual on the waterfront of the town of Amlan where offerings are made for the spirits of the sea to invoke good fortune for the fishermen and their fishing implements. The images of St. Peter and St. Paul are then ferried on a lavishly decorated boat followed by other well decorated seacrafts from the chapel of Tandayag Sur (south) to the chapel of Tandayag Norte (north). This fluvial procession is held every 30th day of November, the town fiesta of Amlan. A Catholic church Mass follows the procession which is then concluded with a streetdancing to the town plaza where a field presentation is finally held.