The Naliyagan Festival is a week-long festival celebrated annually at the Naliyagan Plaza in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Province. The festival depicts the Agusanon culture and heritage. Indigenous tribes in the entire Agusan valley will display skills and grace in dancing as part of their ritual activities. Natives from far-flung areas of the province participate in the festivity by displaying their skills and gracefulness in a natural way. The Nalyagan Festival usually kicks off with the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day anniversary every June 12. A trade fair showcasing the province’s s own products also takes place at the Naliyagan Plaza. Booths and exhibits involve the province’s 13 municipalities including the lone city of Bayugan. Continue reading
Katigbawan Festival is a celebration of human satisfaction from the Visayan word “katagbawan”. Katigbawan is a combination of the visayan words “katigbi”, “tigbaw” and ‘kabawan”. This festival takes place every 3rd week of June of each year in celebration of the foundation day of Catigbian, Bohol every June 17. From the word Katigbi, Tigbaw and Kabawan thus the Katigbawan Festival was coined. Katigbi refers to a grass native to the town where the name Catigbian was derived; Tigbaw in Visayan speaks of caves which the town is replete of; Kabawan in Boholano refers to a place where carabaos are bred and sold. The Katigbawan Festival portrays the deep cultural and traditional heritage of the people of Catigbian; their beliefs and practices. Continue reading
The Kalilang Festival is celebrated every June 30th in Nunungan, Lanao del Norte province. Nunungan attempts to propagate the indigenous culture of the Maranaws of Lanao symbolized the Maranaw Kalilang as their highlights of their Founding Anniversary on every 30th of June. Kalilang is a Maranaw term for feast, where the concituents of the 25 barangays celebrate such feast by preparing their own native foods and delicacies, putting colorful bunting and flag lets on the street and the most and highly anticipated one is the showdown playing of kolintang, rituals and entertainment dances performed and participated by the 25 barangays. Kolintang is a Mararaw instrument composed of eight small gongs Continue reading
The word Ginubat is an old Bicol word which if translated means raided. Ginubat Festival is celebrated in Gubat, Sorsogon. This old town of Sorsogon was one of the many places in Bicol which were frequently raided by Moro pirates who would come to loot and burn houses. Women were raped and people were taken as captives. Downplaying this dark history, the people of Gubat, Sorsogon chose to associate the word ginubat with their folk story of a time where their shores were frequently raided by giant fishes. Many people were alarmed by this phenomenon but nonetheless, they celebrated the bounties that came with the appearance of large fishes on their shores. Many people actually believe that this is how the town got its name. Nowadays, this festival Continue reading
The Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival has three major highlights in its celebration: the Leyte Kasadyaan Festival, the Pintados Ritual Dance Presentation and “Pagrayhak” Grand Parade along with several minor activities. The tattooing of body and faces of the willing and lively participants dancing amidst the loud roll of the drums and merriment is the main activity during the religious festival. Tattooing is considered an art among the people of Leyte thus the major reason of its incorporation with the fiesta.
The festivals are said to have began Continue reading
The custom of tattooing earned for the Leyteños the name of Pintados. From ancient history, Roman conquests also made mention of tattooed people in Britons, Saitas, Oriental Tartar, Macasar and other parts of the world. The origin of the practice is different to determine but the strongest contention is that an ancient priestess instigated it and through the members of her cult, began the custom.
The tattoos, however, became distinctive marks of courage and generally made the origin, orientation and livelihood of the bearer identifiable. The most basic design of tattoos began from ankle to groin and Continue reading