Bila Bila Festival: Boaceños Sole Tribute to Butterflies


Do you love butterflies? If you are, then there is no wonder that you would crave to see the unusual celebration by the people of Marinduque called Bila Bila Festival (Butterfly Festival).

Bila Bila Festival

This festival is celebrated during the town fiesta (Dec.8) in Boac town, capital of Marinduque. The event features the life cycle of butterflies since butterfly farming is the town’s unique industry. Literally stated, a butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect which is essential to environment but for the Boaceños, butterfly is not just a simple creature of God but a symbol of hope. Aside from its natural role of enhancing the environment, butterfly has been their good source of income for numerous years.

During the festival, participants wear their vibrant and multi-colored costumes which entail flower petals and butterfly wings. This much-awaited colorful event includes street dancing that promotes the island province of Marinduque as the butterfly capital of the Philippines.

Unlike any other festivals which usually honor patron saints, Bila Bila festival is a unique way of paying tribute to butterflies that could be a big hit worldwide emphasizing the heart of Marinduquenos in giving importance to the said creature.


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