Padaraw Festival

We are now at the tail-end of this year’s National Heritage Month, and for today’s Pistang Pamana feature, let’s take a trip south to Bulan, Sorsogon for the Padaraw Festival!

Bulan’s Padaraw Festival is celebrated for two reasons: in thanksgiving for bountiful harvests (both from the land and the seas) and in honor of the town’s patron saint, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

When: May 30

Where: Bulan, Sorsogon What is it:

Town Fiesta is celebrated to honor Bulan’s patron saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception.
The festivities are an expression of this coastal community’s gladness and thanksgiving for God’s bounties and gifts.
Padaraw also expresses not only the bounties of the sea but of the plains and mountains as well, for which the people of Bulan give thanks to God.

Attractions and Highlights:

Grand presentation of ethnic music and creative street dancing.
Showcases colorful costumes fashioned from the abaca fiber.


Padaraw is derived from a purely Bicol term that is commonly used by local fishermen.
The root word “daraw” refers to the groups or schools of fish that converge at a certain single point in the sea. This daraw becomes a convergence point for the fishermen to make their catch for the day.
Padaraw, therefore, means unity.

Sorsogon-Padaraw Festival

Colorful Festivals in Sorsogon

A Visit to the Immaculate Conception Church of Bulan Sorsogon

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