Surigao City Bonok Bonok Marajaw Karajaw 2008

Surigao City’s Bonok Bonok Marajaw Karajaw Festival is set to unfold this year minus its defending champion, the Inuwak Festival from the town of Bacuag.

The Bonok Bonok Marajaw Karajaw is a festival is a Mamanwa ritual of thanksigiving. The fiesta also coincides with the city’s patron saint San Nicolas de Tolentino, thus the festival date always falls on September 10.

surigao city bonok bonok marajaw karajaw festival
Bonok bonok contingent during the Sinulog 2007

This year, the contingents from Wao, Lanao del sur; Province of Misamis Oriental; Butuan city; Jabonga,Agusan del Norte, Carmen, Cebu; Mandaue City; GL, Siargao; Cantilan, Surigao del Sur; and Lantapan, Bukidnon have confirmed. It is very noticeable that the town of Bacuag is not on the list. Hopefully they can still join the September 10 contest.

The Bonok-bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival is an ethnic thanksgiving celebration marked by street dancing and stationary festivities held in line with the annual fiesta celebration of San Nicolas de Tolentino on September 10.

The dance entry may present a storyline or dance scenarios taken from the place being represented or inspired from various literary forms.

Prizes at stake are P250,000 plus trophy for the grand prize; P200,000 plus trophy for the 1st runner-up; P150,000 plus trophy for the 2nd runner-up; and P100,000 plus trophy for the 3rd runner-up. Participation prizes at P10,000 each and certificate of participation for non-winners.

Special awards for Best in Street Dancing is P50,000 plus trophy; Best Choreographer is P10,000 plus trophy; Best in Costume is P10,000 plus trophy and Best in Musicality is P10,000 plus trophy.

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Comments (3)


  1. bonok-bonok festival is the most beautiful festival in the country

  2. bonok-bonok sa surigao pit senior

  3. edsan says:

    May I sincerely invite you to witness the Tinabangay Festival in Socorro, Surigao del Norte, Philippines on February 22, 2011 in time for the 50th Araw Ng Socorro Celebration. The festival is anchored on historical and cultural theme. You can witness performers depicting the rich Bayanihan culture widely practiced in the place such that, for 30 days in a year, each and every able-bodied Socorronhon has to leave the privacy of his life and offer his labor services for free in the construction of houses and collective farming activities with the house and farm owners shouldering the food and material costs. For details, you can view my post on the subject at my site

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