Although this is technically an institutional event, the Silliman University Founder’s Day has become one of the city’s most important happenings because of the fact that Silliman has played a vital role in the development and recognition of Dumaguete City. It is a week-long celebration done every August of the year to commemorate the birth of the school. It is hosted by students, faculty, alumni and all other members of the Silliman community. It is jumpstarted by a city parade, followed by the opening of the booth festival at the Silliman grounds. These booths are set up by the different organizations that make up the university, selling food and other merchandise. Activities such as sports competitions, art exhibits, concerts and cultural shows are held everyday, the highlight of which is the Miss Silliman Beauty Pageant.