Baragatan sa Palawan 2011 streamer along Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
BARAGATAN is a Cuyono word derived from the word "bagat" which means "to meet". It can be loosely translated to mean a "convergence" and is therefore the most appropriate word to describe a festival in Palawan held every 23rd day of June to celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the first civil government in the province in 1902. It is during this time that delegates from the province's 23 municipalities literally converge in the city to compete in the Booth, Float and Street Dancing Competitions and just enjoy the company of old friends. The Baragatan festival has come a long way since it was first celebrated in the year 2000 and has now become a major tourist attraction Puerto Princesa City. This year's edition was just as grand.
The booth of the Municipality of Brooke's Point, Palawan.
The booth of the municipality of Cuyo, Palawan
The fiesta-like atmosphere around the Provincial Capitol Complex in Puerto Princesa City. Palawan.
The Baragatan sa Palawan 2011 softly opened last June 1 with a trade fair, a garden show and an open dining area called "Caraenan sa Baragatan", all scattered around the Provincial Capitol Complex along Rizal Avenue. Earlier, the different municipalities in the province erected their respective booths to showcase their products ranging from foodstuffs, fruits, handicrafts and to highlight their localities as tourist destinations. The private sector joined in with stalls filled with consumer goods, apparel and food supplements resulting into a fiesta- like atmosphere that stretched well into the night.
The Philippine National Flag and the honor guards.
Majorettes and the Drum and Lyre Corp of one of the schools in Puerto Princesa City.
Sarah Sopio Osorio of the municipality of Kalayaan,the newly-crowned Mutya ng Palawan 2011
The street dancers from Roxas, Palawan.
The street dancers from Sofronio Espanola, Palawan
The street dancers from Brooke's Point, Palawan won the 3rd Prize.
The street dancers from Rizal, Palawan won the 2nd Prize
A female street dancer from Rizal, Palawan concentrates on her moves.
The street dancers from Magsaysay, Palawan won the Grand Prize.
The dancers from Magasaysay, Palawan showing their winning form.
A female dancer from Magsaysay, Palawan.
Male dancers from Magsaysay, Palawan