A celebration depicting Bicol's early beginnings as portrayed in the "Ibalong" epic that tells of super heroes Handiong, Batlog and Oryol and villains and wild animals that roamed in the ancient times. In music and dances, revelers parade on the main streets wearing masks of these heroes and villains. Festival activities include tours, trade fairs, exhibits and beauty pageants.
The Ibalong Festival
is held every October and depicts Bicol’s early beginnings as portrayed by the characters in the epic entitled – IBALONG. The name was the early nomenclature of the Bicol region. It showcases many traditional superheroes such as Handiong, Baltog and Bantong among others. The festival is highlighted by a street presentation where masks of heroes and villains are paraded on mainstreets, combined with songs and dances. Other activities include a trade fair, art exhibit, sports fest such as the triathlon, guided tours, beauty pageant and other colorful competitions.
How to get there:
By Land: From Manila there are many different buses that have regular routes to most districts of Bicol. The ride takes about 10 to 12 hours from Manila.
By air: There are daily flight to Legazpi City from Manila.