The Manlambus Festival of Escalante City, Negros Occidental is celebrated every 30th of May.
The festival manifests the joys and sense of thanksgiving for all the blessing of abundance the city has received through the years. It celebrates the rich cultural heritage and glorious past of every Escalantehanon loves to share and tell.
The town of Escalante was originally known as Manlambus. Manlambus is a Visayan term that means "to strike with a club" because its coastal waters were teeming with fishes that catching them could simply be done by using a club or "lambus".
The festival dance appeals to all ages. The dance movements are simple, easy and expressive. The compelling rhythm of the drumbeats, the expressive moment and vigorous actions of the dances make it attractive to spectators.
It present saying goes: "Abante Escalante, Masarangan Nato Kini!" (Move Forward Escalante, We Can Do It!)
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or hail a cab and asked to be taken to the Bacolod North Bus Terminal.
Escalante City is a 2.5-hour drive from Bacolod City. You can also ride a bus plying to the north of Negros passing by this city.