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    Posted May 13, 2012 by
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    Bangkero Festival, Pagsanjan


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     VeronicaLon says the Bangkero festival is celebrated in tribute to the area's hardworking people and skillful boatmen. She says the area of Pagsanjan is the tourist capital of Laguna, and the boatmen also work as tour guides, navigating tourists through the impressive sights of the region.

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    The word 'bangkero' refers to a person who maneuvers a boat and provides a means of transportation on a river. 'Banka', a Filipino word, means boat.


    This festival is usually held every March. Locals and tourists look forward to their fluvial parade and exhibitions, street dancing, drum and lyre band competition, choralefest, cultural night and trade fairs.


    The festival celebrates Pagsanjan's impressive and cleverly skillful boatmen who exhibit adroit moves in controlling their boats against the strong and intense rapids.

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