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Sandurot which means, "fellowship and reaching out," and is derived from the Visayan word “pakig-sandurot” for the offering and enjoyment of hospitality. It is a colorful, annual fiesta event to commemorate Dumaguete’s rich history dating the pre-Hispanic period where peoples of different and foreign cultures, including Chinese, Japanese and Spanish, came together to create a diverse community that is Dumaguete today.
Sandurot Festival is a joyful celebration of the people of Dumaguete, a “university-city” and a “City of Gentle People,” their innate hospitality, friendliness, and their propensity to live harmoniously with people of different race, religion, and cultural beliefs and is very significant in understanding the religious cultures of the people of Dumaguete. History tells how the Dumagueteños welcome strangers from different shores and countries, and live with them in complete peace and understanding.
This is also a celebration for the whole Roman Catholic for Dumaguete City's patroness, St. Catherine de Alexandria, the Patroness Saint of the Philosophers.
The event usually begins with a program at the Rizal Boulevard and a ceremony welcoming the various cultural stains that enriched the city’s character and followed by a merry street dance competitions and interesting field presentations to celebrate the “pakig-sandurot.” This event is participated by barangays in the city, schools and/or civic organizations.