This year marks the 51st year Benque Fiesta is being celebrated. Home to roughly 6500 +, this quaint and charming village comes alive as an influx of both locals and tourists head west to celebrate!
Benque Fiesta is a celebration held annually at Benque Viejo, in honor of the patron saint ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel’ (Nuestra Señora de Monte Carmelo). It is the largest and longest religious festival held in the Cayo District which started on July 7th and leads to July 16th, the Patrons day.
As traditions stand, religious ceremonies, gatherings and nuptials commence– known as ‘Las Alboradas’. Church bells chime in light of morning service for the patron saint with morning praise and worship followed by small social gatherings around the community. Leading up to July 16, local residents take turns hosting small get-togethers, serving up traditional favorites. ‘Bollos’ ( small tamales), and sweet and savory pastries – ‘maja blanca’ being some of the popular delights.
Additionally, a beauty pageant, Flor de la Feria, is held. On July 08, 2017, four beautiful candidates competed for the crown as the new Senorita Flor de la Feria with Emerling Rodriquez, Srta. Toledo, taking home the title. The coronation of Miss Rodriquez’ as the new Senorita Flor de la Feria will take place on Thursday July 13, 2017.
Following the pageant, Benque Fiesta ends with a bang which includes a fun fair held yearly on July 16th. Fireworks light the sky, as happiness and laughter fill the air while visitors enjoy mechanical rides, games, dance parties, and live entertainment. Sounds of the marimba can be heard throughout the night.
JOIN IN THE CELEBRATIONS:
THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017
Benque Fiesta opening ceremony
FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017
Dance with Gillharry 7 and Disco La Power
SATURDAY 15, 2017
A day of sports:
8:00AM – Z Boyz and Benque Viedjo Town Council under 13 marathon
2:00PM-6:00PM Football Quadrangular at Santa Cruz Field
A night of fun:
Jump up in front of Cancha
8:00PM – 5:00AM – Dance with X Band featuring Chico Ramos and Disco Movil Music Power
SUNDAY 16, 2017
Football Quadrangular at Santa Cruz Field in the morning, followed by a cultural and family evening.
9:00PM-4:00AM – Dance with X Band featuring Chico Ramos and Disco Movil Music Power along with DJ Mistah Geeh.