Local Festivals in the Philippines (18th – 24th Feb 2018)

GenSanFeb. 19 to 21

Boling-Boling Festival

Residents of the town of Catanauan in Quezon province dress up in any costume they fancy and roam around town. Some of them imitate personalities they like or someone they hate and make fun of them. The festival is said to serve as a symbolic spiritual cleansing in time for the Lenten season.

Feb. 19 to 23

Caragan Festival

The Aeta culture is celebrated in this festival in Mabalacat City, Pampanga province. Among the festivities include a job fair, bazaar, photo and art exhibit as well as a native games presentation. The festival also coincides with the town fiesta.

Feb. 21 to 27

Kalilangan Festival

A weeklong festival in General Santos City, South Cotabato province, coinciding with the city’s founding anniversary. Kalilangan was derived from the Maguindanaon word “kalilang,” which means celebration or commemoration. Activities include a fashion show, cultural workshop, concert, agriculture fair and a street dancing competition.

Compiled by Kathleen de Villa, Inquirer Research



Indian Institute of Technology (Madras) and Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne)

ChennaiMy thanks to both the above Institutes for inviting me to speak on Swinburne University’s behalf at their joint 2nd Indo-Australian Marine Renewable Energy Workshop held yesterday in Chennai. Hopefully, my discussion of Australian Innovation and Research Funding was of benefit to the participants.

The initiatives being proposed are extremely impressive and have terrific (positive) implications for renewable energy as well as regional coastal and environmental protection. I’m looking forward to staying involved!