One of the most awaited fiestas in Gen. Santos City is held at the fishing village of Barangay Bula every 15th of January in celebration of the Feast of the Señor Santo Niño. Every year, Bula’s roads are closed to vehicles and are passable only to foot traffic to accommodate the thousands of revelers and devotees who not only visit the church and pay homage to the Infant Jesus but also to partake of the gastronomic feasts prepared by the houses which open their doors to everyone, friends or strangers. This tradition could be traced back to the island of Bohol where most of the early settlers here originated from.

The fiesta has now evolved to include the ISDA-ISDAAN Festival and its requisite street-dancing competition, the famous FLUVIAL PARADE across the Sarangani Bay, and the SINULOG performed at the parish church grounds.

This year, the fiesta mass at the Sto. Niño Parish will be presided by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams on the morning of January 15.

NOTE: A good number of Gensan’s tuna industry movers and shakers hail from Bula, including the Tans, the Damalerios, the Congsons, the Granfons and the Vercides, among others.

These are the shots of the colorful streets of Bula which i took this morning:

Red District

Red & Green Districts of Bula

Atached to a bamboo gate

Green District of Bula