Pasungay Festival: Municipality of San Joaquin

Municipality of San Joaquin
Every 2nd week of January

In Iloilo, there are no other bullfighting events. It is only during the week-long celebration of the town’s festival that the general interest in bull and horse fighting is aroused amongst the fanatics.

The best breeds of bulls and horses in San Joaquin are brought to the San Joaquin Sports Stadium at the town center to take part in one of lloilo’s most unique cultural event, the Pasungay-Pahibag. The annual bull (Pasungay) and horse (Pahibag) fights have developed over the years, from an amusing and recreational event to an exciting competition.

Pasungay Festival

Pasungay-Pahibag features bulls and horses pitted against other bulls and horses and awarded prizes for their skills in overcoming their opponent. Not like in most European countries, the animals are not killed or seriously injured.

For more information, please contact Erlyn Alunan – Municipal Tourism Officer at (033) 3147240 or email at [email protected]/[email protected].

Read also: The Ultimate List of Festivals in Iloilo Province


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