- Posted September 6, 2013 by
Bohol’s Festival of Lights, Dance of Lights
There are many street-dancing competitions in the country. However, the street-dancing competition in Loon town in Bohol, Philippines, is one of its kind in the Philippines. The reason? It is done at night.
Loon’s festival of lights is one of the most important and religious festivals in Bohol calendar and a visit promises unforgettable memories.
The street-dancing competition is held in honor of the town’s patron saint, the Virgen de la Luz or Birhen sa Kasilak (Our Lady of Light). It also expresses the enduring qualities of the town. The Visayan words "sidlak" (rise) and "silak" (shine) best describe the character of Loonanons as they conquer life’s adversities and make the best out of their inherent talents and capabilities.
Unlike most street dancing competitions, which are known for their colorful costumes and props, Loon’s version is very challenging and different.
The emphasis is on the lights, how to make it move and dance.
This year’s festival had 6 schools and 3 barangays contingents. They wowed their crowd in the street-dancing...and they danced their way to the 260-year-old Nuestra Señora De La Luz Church, the biggest church in Bohol, where the contest would culminate.
From start to finish, all eyes were on the dancing lights.
Visitors appreciated the entertainment and jaw-dropping sight of the lights dancing to the beat of the drums and lyres.
The dancers used traditional candles underneath the lanterns. The lanterns were shaped into flowers, leaves and bulbs.