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Butanding Arribada Festival (Donsol, Sorsogon)

When: April 28-3-0

Where: Donsol, Sorsogon

What it is:

A festival which ushers the “Butanding” (whaleshark) season.  It is also a thanksgiving for the blessings that it brings to the people of Donsol.  Tourists from all ove troop to Donsol in droves to see the Butandings and to join the merriment.

The festival is highlighted by a street parade.

Highlights & Special Attractions:

  • A long fluvial procession just at the mouth of the long and winding Donsol River where a large pod of  Butandings usually converge at this time of the year, highlights the Festival.
  • Butanding Interaction (March, April and May each year). Visitors of Donsol go Butanding watching or, for the more intrepid and adventurous, go swimming with the awesome but gentle Butandings.

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