Halaran Festival - Capiz Events

Halaran Festival

Every 1st week of October | Roxas City, Capiz


Halaran comes from the Visayan word, halad meaning gift or offer. This festival depicts the colorful history and culture of the Capizeños. It refers to the pre-Spanish time during the landing and settlement of the Bornean datus.


Legend has it that the Bornean Datus gave gifts to the aborigines of Panay as tokens of goodwill and friendship. This resulted in a colorful Halaran celebration highlighted by eating, drinking and dancing to the exotic beat of drums.


Today, Halaran includes street dancing, lissome Capizeños and babaylans with their offerings to the spirits. The festival showcases not only the charms and beauty of the province but also to recapture the color and romance and its history.