Santa Catalina is Negros Oriental’s top exporter of bananas. Its dwindling forest is home to pygmy monkeys, the only habitat left in the province. To accentuate the importance of these concerns, Pakol Festival was born. A multiple winner of the Buglasan Festival of Festivals Contest, Pakol Festival recognizes the contribution of bananas to the livelihood of Santahanons as well as to the economy of the Municipality and the endangered status of the only endemic simian specie in Negros Oriental.
Pakol is a kind of banana, the fruit of which is full of seeds and is the main staple of the monkeys. Usually found in the hinterlands of Sta. Catalina, this fruit epitomizes the fusion of the role bananas play in the local economy and the role the monkeys represent in the fragility of the balance of nature.
A third placer in the 2008 Sinulog Festival, Pakol Festival has become the tourism promotion flagship ofSanta Catalina. Listen to the drums as they beckon you to come to Santa Catalina anf gyrate to the beat.
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