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Pasundayag at Semana Sang Iloilo 2012 (Part 2)

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Katagman Oton

Celebrating the pride of Iloilo will never be complete without a parade of its festivals. This year’s Pasundayag or Parade of Municipal Festivals rocked the Capitol grounds with the festivals’ drum-beating and hyper dance moves. A mixed of fun, heritage, and culture capped the week-long celebration of Semana sang Iloilo. The Pasundayag was participated by five (5) festivals, namely: Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival of Calinog, Saad Festival of Leganes, Katagman of Oton, Pintados de Pasi of Passi City, and Tigkaralag Festival of Pavia.

Here are the highlights of Pasundayag 2012:

Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival of Calinog

The Hirinugyaw-Suguidanonay Festival is a mixed celebration of the diverse ethnic groups in Calinog. Calinog is also home to the Ati and Sulod-Bukidnon. Through cultural presentations, dances and tribal music, the town’s devotion to Senor Santo Nino is showcased. But the unique feature of the festival is the inclusion of the Sugidanon wherein traditional stories on a town’s history and culture narrated through chanting. It’s a festival like no other as the religiosity of the people and their proud ethnic history are all mixed into one great festivity. Celebrated every January.

Hirinugyaw Suguidanonay

Hirinugyaw Calinog

Hirinugyaw Calinog


Saad Festival of Leganes

Saad, a Hiligaynon term for “vow”, depicts Leganesnons’ intense spirituality and religious faith. The festival is also a celebration of thanksgiving for the blessings received from God through the intercession of St. Vincent Ferrer, the town’s patron. The festival is primarily a praise and worship presentation that combines Leganes’ folktale with contemporary way of worship to choreographed steps. Celebrated every April.

saad festival


saad palapak

leganes saad


Katagman of Oton

Oton’s Katagman Festival takes inspiration from the town’s preHispanic roots. Before the arrival of the Spaniards, Oton, then called Katagman by locals, was a diverse and highly civilized settlement by the Malays (the ethnic ancestry of the Filipinos). The festival is a mixture of color, magic, art and dance celebrating the proud heritage of the early Filipinos. One of the interesting objects in the festival is the Golden Mask – found in the 1960s by the anthropologists in San Antonio, Oton. The mask signifies a complex belief system of the natives way before the introduction of Catholicism and the skillful craftsmanship of preHispanic Filipinos. Celebrated every 1st week of May.

oton Katagman


oton Katagman

Pintados de Pasi of Passi City

The Pintados De Pasi Festival held every 3rd week of March is perhaps one of the best known and established festivals of the Province of Iloilo that have evolved through the years. It has played a big part in the lives of most Passinhons. Performers adorned in traditional tattoo with elaborate geometrical designs in their body, including their arms, legs, and torso dramatizes stories in which the town’s ancestral beings laid down every feature of the area, especially their way of life.

pintados de pasi

pintados de pasi

pintados de pasi

pintados de pasi 2012

pintados de pasi iloilo

Tigkaralag Festival of Pavia

The only festival of its kind in the region and is celebrated in consonance with All Souls’ Day. The term “TIGKARALAG” comes from Ilonggo words, “tig” which means “season of” and “kalag” which means “soul”. Celebrated in the evening, the participants wear locally-inspired Halloween costumes and perform hyper dance moves and choreography.


pavia fiesta

all souls day

pavia dance

Tigkaralag pavia

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