Hubon Balsahan triumphs again at 2024 Manggahan Festival

Hubon Balsahan of the Municipality of Sibunag

By Mariela Angella Oladive

GUIMARAS—Hubon Balsahan of the Municipality of Sibunag successfully defended their title, emerging once again as the grand champion of this year’s Manggahan Festival Cultural Competition, winning a trophy and a cash prize of P1,500,000.

The group also swept several minor awards, including Best in Music, Best in Production Design, Best in Choreography, and Best in Performance.

Hubon San Lorenzohanon from San Lorenzo secured the 1st Runner-Up, receiving a trophy and a cash prize of P1,000,000.

Hubon Sadsaran from Nueva Valencia was named 2nd Runner-Up, earning a trophy and a cash prize of P500,000.

Other participating groups received a consolation prize of P250,000 each.

This year’s cultural competition featured five Hubons, each representing a town in Guimaras, including Hubon Palayag of Buenavista and Hubon Bulantihan of Jordan.

Held on Sunday, May 19, the event marked a vibrant showcase of Guimaras’ unique cultural identity.

Each Hubon presented their interpretations of the island’s history, local customs, folklore, and artistry.

Governor JC Rahman Nava emphasized the importance of this year’s change in schedule, giving the competition a special night rather than the last day of the month-long celebration.

He noted that this change aims to spotlight the island’s diverse culture and heritage.

Also present during the event were Congresswoman Ma. Lucille Nava, municipal mayors, and other key officials.

The Guimaras Manggahan Festival is renowned for celebrating the island’s famed mangoes alongside its cultural events. The cultural competition remains a key highlight, drawing participants and spectators from across the region and showcasing the diverse talents and traditions of Guimaras.