23 contingents battle it out in Batuan’s Guimbawan fest

About 23 contingents are expected to slug it out and show their wares in the upcoming Guimbawan Festival in honor and celebration of the Feast of the Holy Child Jesus of Prague (Señor Sto. Niño).

This is the thirty third year anniversary of the festival.

The festival will be held on January 28.

The festival’s success is attributed to the commitment and dedication of Batuananon devotees and volunteers.


Guimbawan originates from the term “Guimbao” which is a Boholano traditional drum famous during the 1970s and ‘80s. The head of the drum is made from the animal hide.

There was already an existing celebration of the Sto. Niño of Praga from the devotees offering songs and dances before the time of Fr. Maniwan in which the instruments used were the coconut shells and tin cans played by the members of the Rosarian group.

The first venue was inside the church.

In 1986, the first Guimbawan Festival happened spearheaded by Rev. Fr. Danilo Maniwan, together with the devotees of the Holy Child Jesus (Sto Niño Rosarians) in the persons of Estrella Payag-Mateo, Rose Payag-Perfecto, among others.

The Holy Child Jesus sits at the Sto. Nino Shrine located at the top of the Kadaming Hill in Pob. Norte, Batuan Bohol which was donated by the Lucero family. Through the years, the road leading to the shrine was improved under the late Mayor Necitas “Bebie” Dumagan Jr in partnership with Congressman Zaraga (who also donated the image). Another image which is now displayed at the St. James the Greater Parish is being donated by the Dela Serna Family.

This year’s festival is remarkable as it benchmarked to a vision to having this institutionalized. Through cultural mapping by Butch Bernas, the basic steps were established, created by Batuan’s talents – Cora Uy, Herlyn Ducot, Dona Buslon, Agnes Luzano, Richard Lagumbay, Edison Gumapac, among others.



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