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Pintados De Pasi 2012 Highlights: Proud Heritage meets Fun and Colors

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Pintados de Pasi of Passi City is one of the province’s premiere festivals. Its roots are deep into Ilonggo history and heritage and it looks back to our pre-colonial past – a testament to our flourishing culture even before the Spaniards came to our country. A culture lost in time, but faithfully remembered with beautiful dance and choreography, artistic body paints and decorations, and of course the exotic drum beating and ethnic folk music.

Why Pintados? When the Spaniards arrived in the island of Panay in late 16th Century, they found the local people adorned with tattoos from head to toe. This ritual is a sign of bravery for men, and for aesthetics for women. The Spaniards were amazed with the elegant and well proportioned symmetrical tattoo designs that they called the Panayanons as Pintados.  These are the hallmarks of the once great Ilonggo (Visayan) nation. Today, the culture associated with the early Panayanons is remembered in the Pintados de Pasi Festival, right at the heart of Panay Island – the city of Passi.

So enough of history, now let’s have fun. Pintados de Pasi is a weeklong celebration packed with exciting events and activities. The festival also coincides with the cityhood of Passi, the first component city in the island. Other events include Search for Binibini Pintados, Karosa Parada and Carabao Painting Contest, street dancing, Pinta Lawas (Body Paint Competition), and Ginoong Pintados. The highlight of festival is the tribe competition which is participated by local schools and almost all of the barangays of the city.

What to do in the festival? Get yourself a tattoo (henna will do), enjoy the food, do street dancing, and of course, savor the sweet hospitality of the Passinhons.

I had the opportunity to witness the Pintados De Pasi Tribe Competition last Sunday, and I have to confess that this was my first time. What I saw is a world class performance and a strict preservation of the festival theme. I’m glad that my schedule allowed me to attend the event.

So without further ado, let me share with you the highlights of the Pintados de Pasi Tribe Competition 2012:

The event was attended by political leaders both local and national. Those who attended include Senator Manuel Villar Jr., and Valenzuela City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian.

Senator Villar

Also present are the Binibini Pintados winners.

Binibini Pintados

Binibini Pintados Tourism

Pintados De Pasi Tribe Competition 2012 Highlights

Tribu Linaw

Linaw Pintados

Linaw Passi

Tribu Linaw

Tribu Linaw Passi

Pintados Tribe

Passi City Iloilo

Tribu Buay  Buay

Buay Pintados

Iloilo Province

Pintados De Pasi

Pintados de Pasi Tribe Competition

Tribe Competition

Tribu Halawud

Passi City Iloilo

Pintados Passi City

Iloilo Festival

Pintados de Pasi Iloilo


Halawud Iloilo

Tribu Pasi

Pintados de Pasi

Tribu Pasi

Warrior Fight

Pasi Iloilo

Pintados de Pasi

Tribu Inyawan

Tribu Inyawan

Pintados de Pasi Iloilo

Iloilo Pintados de Pasi

Passi City

Tribu Pula Pula

Pula Pintados

Pula Iloilo

Pula Pula Pintados de Pasi

Pintados de Pasi

Tribu Hamungaya

Pintados de Pasi


Iloilo Fiesta

Pintados de Pasi



Tribu Pulakan

Pintados de Pasi

Pintados de Pasi Pulakan

Panayanon Iloilo


Passi City Iloilo

Pintados de Pasi

iloilo festival passi

Karosa Display at the City Plaza

The Karosas in display in the plaza were used during the parade of lovely barangay muses last Friday. Karosa or bamboo sleigh adorned with flowers and indigenous material were drawn by carabaos (which were also heavily painted). The parade was participated by the 51 barangays of Passi City.

To all our guests and visitors in this year’s Pintados de Pasi, thank you for sharing your time with our beautiful city and see you all again here at the sweet city of Passi in Pintados De Pasi 2013! 

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