Philippine Rodeo at the Dumaguete Buglasan Festival

Dumaguete Buglasan Rodeo: Palm Trees & Cowboy Hats



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Standing next to the dusty corral I thought to myself if I blurred my eyes and couldn’t see the palm trees I might think I was back in Montana instead of Dumaguete. As a part of the provincial Buglasan Festival in Dumaguete there was a real rodeo with cowboys, bucking bronco riding, a whip cracking contest, and as an added bonus a friend of mine even taught me how to throw a lasso like a real cowpoke.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Blur your eyes to hide the palm trees, and you might think you're in Montana.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Once again, blur your eyes a little and it was very easy to forget you're in the Philippines.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    This cowboy from Bohol had by far the best ride that I saw, and luckily I had a good position at the fence to capture the action (you can see my shadow in the lower right corner).

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Everything happened so fast, and before I knew it, the crazed horse and his tenacious rider were headed right for me.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    I had to pull the camera back from the bars to keep it from getting knocked out of my hands by the crazed horse.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    I got lucky and snapped this pretty classic rodeo image.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    The rider hung in there, I think at this point he was about six seconds into his ride.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    The cowpoke from Bohol managed to hang in there all the way to the opposite side of the corral, turning in an 8+ second ride for the wildly clapping and cheering crowd.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    The rider bailed off safely at the opposite side of the corral from me.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Some of the other guys from Bohol roped the bronco and led it back over to the paddocks to calm down.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Next up was riotous round of "cattle rustlin'", I think the guy in the sandals chasing after the cow wasn't as hardcore of a cowboy as the guy wearing the boots.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    I had no idea that a cowboy subculture existed in the Philippines, let alone Dumaguete. As I stood beside the iron fencing to watch the cowpokes participate in a bucking bronco and whip cracking contest, they were blasting county fair country music standards over the PA system.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    I ran into my friend Nicky who was at the rodeo as a lasso thrower. The previous day he told me he had walked the main streets of Dumaguete throwing a lasso in front of the amazed crowd. I have to say I was really impressed to see him handle the huge lasso in this photo like a champ.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Throwing a lasso like a cowpoke is something I've never tried before, so Nicky started me out on a less challenging rope that was a lot shorter and easier to use. As you can probably tell from this photo, it still wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. Photo by Rudy Rudolph

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Next to try out the lasso'in was Rudy, one of the volunteers from the newest Peace Corps batch who is assigned to the nearby island of Siquijor.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Finally after some patient instructing by Nicky I was able to really get the hang of it. Yee haaaaw! Photo by Rudy Rudolph

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Just like a county fair from Anytown, USA.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    The crowd favorite by far (and mine too) was the bucking bronco riding contest. These guys who saddled up were hard core.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Kind of funny to have an advertisement for "Matador" brandy at a bucking bronco riding contest. Kind of like having an add for Penzoil at the Kentucky Derby?

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Dumaguete has a surprisingly large number of rodeo fans.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Being a fan of Indiana Jones since I was about 8 years old, I was very impressed by the bull whip cracking contest.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    These cowpokes came over from the nearby island of Bohol.

  • Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005

    Dumaguete Rodeo - October 2005
    Here's one of the frenetic dynamos that the cowboys tried to tame with an 8 second ride.