Tanjay City - Negros Oriental Destinations

Tanjay City

Tanjay City is a city in the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines.

Tanjay City is a city in the province of Negros Oriental, located 30 kilometers north of Dumaguete City. The city is known for its delicious "bud-bud" or "bod-bod," a native delicacy made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and a bit of salt. Filipinos from Luzon know it to be the Visayan version of their “suman.” But the Tanjay bodbod is special--it is made with a long stripe of native chocolate that wraps around the rice. Served in banana leaves, the bodbod is best enjoyed with a slice of sweet Philippine Mango, and a small cup of the same native chocolate (tablea).

Likewise known as the City of Festivals, Tanjay celebrates different festivities the whole year round. The Saulog de Tanjay is held every July 24th, the day before the city's fiesta. Before, it was known as "Sinulog" but has been renamed to "Saulog" to distinguish it from the Sinulog of Cebu. It features a unique reenactment of the battle between the Christians and the Moros. The natives during such battles never failed to call on their patron saint, St. James the Greater for aid and protection. Miraculously, the Moros had never won in any of these battles. To commemorate such historical event, the "Saulog de Tanjay" festival was born.

The Bodbod Festival, celebrated every 3rd week of December, gives emphasis to the city's native delicacy. It features “the Biggest Bodbod” that would weigh as much as eighty kilos and requires 10 persons to prepare the delicacy, and the “Smallest Bod-bod” that would come served inside a matchbox. Bodbod making contests gives the Tanjayanons the chance to showcase their natural expertise in the art of making the delicacy, while Bodbod eating contests will give visitors the treat of their lives.

Pasko sa Tanjay is a month long Christmas festivity featuring cultural presentations and contests participated in by Tanjay residents, civic organizations and business establishments. Tanjay, with its myriad holiday lights and Christmas trees become a virtual "Christmas City" during this festival that begins on December 1 and ends on the feast of the Three Kings.

Other major festivals include the Children's Festival celebrated in January, Festival of Hearts in February and the Paaway sa Kabayo in July.

The small but postcard-pretty Mojon Church is a landmark, as is the Casa Grande of the Central Azucarera de Bais. Farther inland, a trek takes one to Luparan Falls and wooded elevations where bird-watching can be rewarding. The San Isidro Hot Spring in Barangay San Isidro is a natural, therapeutic hot spring bordered by mangroves ideal for relaxation.




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Attractions at Tanjay City

Bod-bod Festival
Sinulog de Tanjay