The 50th Golden Jubilee Celebration of Palawan State University officially started on the night of January 5, 2015, the first full moon to open the year. To begin the festivities, the school community started with a night of singing and culture in front of the PSU Administration Building.Bimbo Fernandez of the PSU Office of the President is credited as the architect of the revival of the native Palaweño tradition. He has brought his knowledge and his passion to foster cultural sustainability by making this revered event a traditional practice in the Palawan State University and hopefully the Province.
The practice of full moon convergence has long been a part of old ancestral Palaweño communities in the past. Every full moon, tribes gather in song and dance celebration to thank and worship the creator of the moon. It is upon this premise that President Jeter S. Sespeñe came up with the idea of making it a regular cultural exercise within the Palawan State University this year. 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of PSU and the school community is in anticipation of the Pabilugon as the cultural centerpiece of the PSU for the Golden Celebration.
In 2001, the first Pabilugon Celebration was held at the City Sports Complex sponsored by then Puerto Princesa City Mayor Dennis Socrates who is now the Vice Governor of the province of Palawan. At the time, it was the biggest event of its kind. It has always been a regular tradition in small pockets of community gatherings especially in the Cuyunon and IP communities in Cuyo, Coron, El Nido and some parts of Puerto Princesa. This year the PSU wants to make it bigger than ever.
Palawan State University President Dr. Jeter S. Sespeñe acknowledges the Pabilugon as a well needed renaissance of a cultural identity that is a very fundamental part of Palawan culture to be celebrated by all Palaweños, most especially the highest institute of learning in the Province of Palawan, which is none other than the Palawan State University.
The Pabilugon activities cover a full 12 month calendar for 2015 wherein there will be a total of 13 full moons as indicated by the dates below.
|PSU GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY - PABILUGON 2015|
|January 5||February 3||March 5|
|April 4||May 4||June 16|
|July 2||July 31||August 29|
|September 28||October 27||November 25|
The baseline expectation is for this tradition to be a regular exercise that would reach as far as the 17 CCRDs located all over Palawan. President Sespeñe extends his warm invitation to the general public to partake of this event. With the 50th Golden Anniversary of Palawan State University upon us, the school hopes to initiate this monthly community gathering for a night of song, dance and revelry. Everyone is encouraged to bring food to share for these nights wherein the school shall be making preparations for entertainment. Specific venues within the PSU main campus shall be made known at a later announcement.