KASADYA! Pasko sa Bohol is a celebration of the happiest event in the Christian world – with a local twist. It is a showcase of the richness of the Boholano culture, traditions and heritage.
The Belen and the Dayegon are two of the most enduring Christmas traditions that have been the hallmark of local heritage. The Belen is a display of the manger scene depicting the birth of the Messiah while the Dayegon is the traditional devotional performance practice expressed as votive carol to the new-born Jesus Christ. Dayegon is a local word that means “to praise” or “to worship”.
KASADYA! Pasko sa Bohol Christmas Market is a curated marketplace showcasing the best of local handicrafts, processed food, local cuisine, and fresh farm produce.
The event will run from November 5 to December 15, 2019, from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Carlos P. Garcia Park, at the New Capitol Compound, Tagbilaran City, across Bohol Wisdom School.
There will be nightly entertainment at the venue such as local talent and cultural shows, band performances, variety shows and contests.
This is a collaborative retailing and promotions event of the Provincial Government of Bohol with the private sector, through our young Boholano entrepreneurs, to create a community hub that will also showcase the artistry and communicate the unique stories of communities, encouraging visitors to ‘go local,’ and experience the best of Bohol.
Cuisine. Local Boholano cuisine and variants reflect the simple, fresh, and natural flavors of the island’s seafood, upland treats, organic produce and other food sources. These choice menus will tease the palate, such as, balbacua (ox tail stew) with ubi (purple yam) roti, nilabog nga bakasi (tiger reef eel in coconut milk), marinated organic chicken or chicken adobo, organic chicken in spicy coconut milk, ginataang shrimp with santol (shrimp with cotton fruit in coconut milk), seaweed salad, ginisa’ng ubod sa kawayan (sautéed bamboo shoots), atsara’ng puso sa saging (banana blossoms salad), and more local favorites. Other types of cuisine will also be featured, a semblance of Food Fusion.
Processed Food. Featured are ‘Kabilin’ or Heirloom Food Products that have been handed down from generations as family recipe secrets will be revealed through a video documentary, product and maker profile, and, of course, product display. Know their history and try out local recipes. Or stimulate your palate with Innovative Products that explore local versions and locally sourced ingredients of brews, pastries, snack items, dairy sweets, and others.
Fresh Farm Produce. Quench your thirst, with all the local fruits made readily available as natural fruit juices and shakes. The coconut- a tree of life, takes triple bows with the buko juice, ‘tuba’ and ‘bahalina’- two variants of the coconut wine. The carabao milk in chocolate flavor, or chocobao, has become a best seller, and these dairy products include ice cream, cheese, and even mozzarella. Other freshly harvested season vegetables and crops are made available.
Handicrafts. ‘Habol’ or weaving showcases the traditional Art of Weaving: Bohol’s Woven Products using diverse local materials and designs woven by communities using traditional handlooms and the dexterity of bare hands. Keep a memento of the villages you have visited and take home with you these woven souvenir items and gift ideas.
Fashion Accessories. Make a personalized fashion statement with a touch of our local designs and accessories in Bohol’s Jewelry Culture. Artisanal and polished jewelry from wood beads, gold, upcycled and other materials express both traditional and innovative designs and ingenious artistry.
Bohol Artisans and Artists. Just like food, local industries and trade showcase the indigenous and heritage crafts of Boholanos using local resources, like the wood carvers of Albur, the blacksmiths of Loay, or the guitar makers of Tagbilaran. A relatively young community of visual artists showcases an arts exhibit depicting the rich culture, history and current Boholano landscape.