The “PAGSANJAN BANGKERO FESTIVAL”, which is annually held in the month of April, is fast becoming popular with its colorful and impressive line-up of events on land and on the river. These include a vibrant variety of competitions like the traditional boat race (regatta), land and fluvial float parades bundled with street dancing, drum and lyre band, trade fairs, cookfest, concert, sports events and triathlon olympics, “Palarong Bangkero”, Cultural Night with the Festival of Folk Dances”, and the annual search for “Ginoong Bangkero” and “Lakan at Binibining Pagsanjan”
The five-day celebration is inspired by Pagsanjan beloved and miraculous Patroness Our Lady of Guadalupe and dedicated to all the “Bangkeros” of Pagsanjan. “Bangkero” is the tagalog word for the desterous and skilled “Boatman”. They are the natural navigators and tour guides who expertly paddle, and bodily lift a “banca” or “canoe” upstream against the strong current between the gorge and canyon walls, and then maneuver downstream through the rapids and rocks at breathtaking speed; which makes it truly an exciting two-hour boatride experience of a lifetime, beginning from either the Bumbungan River or the Balanac River going towards the magnificent and globally famous Pagsanjan Falls.