Tag Archives: Fiesta

Get into the Spirit of Ati-Atihan, Aklan: Photo of the Day

There are at least two well-known, and well-loved, annual festivals in the Philippines to honor the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) — the Sinulog of Cebu and the Ati-Atihan of Kalibo, Aklan. The name of the latter festival means “to be like the Atis or Aetas,” a group of Filipinos who were the primary settlers of the islands. Atis or Aetas have black skin, so it’s common for Ati-Atihan participants and performers to color their skin black and wear tribal costumes, as shown in this photo by Atch (check his Instagram acount, @atch.dreams, for more awesome photos). Aklan’s Ati-Atihan, of course, is the festival that inspired other mardi gras, including the Sinulog. Tourists / visitors must wait for at least one year to watch both festivals, as they are simultaneously scheduled every third Sunday of January. Which festival to watch first? That’s a good problem to have. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Get into the Spirit of Ati-Atihan, Aklan: Photo of the Day

Tribu Sinanduloy Reyna Juana, Sinulog 2017: Photo of the Day

There’s no Sinulog celebration without a lovely woman carrying the Sto. Niño, gracefully dancing to the beat of the drums. We’ve explained the significance of this festival character in a previous post, but we’ll summarize it again here. She is Reyna Juana or Queen Juana, the wife of Raja Humabon. They were the first Catholic converts when Ferdinand Magellan came to these islands, later named the Philippines. The story goes that Queen Juana was overwhelmed when presented with the Sto. Niño and she began dancing carrying the image. Her subjects followed suit, a practice we now still commemorate in the annual Sinulog festival. Here’s a lovely photo of the Reyna Juana of Tribu Sinanduloy-Tangub City (photo courtesy of Roel Clenuar, a traveler and wedding / portrait photographer; check his Instagram acount, @welics, for more awesome photos). Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Tribu Sinanduloy Reyna Juana, Sinulog 2017: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Juana of Sinulog (Cebu City)

One prominent feature in any Sinulog celebration is a beautiful woman carrying the Sto. Nino. She is Queen Juana. Immediately after Fernando Magallanes, better known as Ferdinand Magellan, claimed the islands later known as the Philippines, he presented an image of the child Jesus (Sto. Nino) to the chieftain of the islands, Raja Humabon. He baptized the chieftain, and his queen (Humamay or Amihan), and gave her the name Queen Juana. The Philippines was named after Philipp II, son of Carlos I of Spain (also called Charles V) and Queen Isabella. The mother of Carlos I is Queen Juana, after which the wife of Rajah Humabon was named. This history refresher explains a lot about what guests see during the Sinulog Festival of Cebu. The story goes that Queen Juana was overwhelmed, she began dancing carrying the Sto. Nino. Her subjects followed suit. This is said to be the very first celebration of the Sinulog. This wonderful image, courtesy of Vin (follow his Instagram account, @vin_aranas87), shows a Queen Juana during the Sinulog Festival 2016 (Cebu City). She must have faith. She must be beautiful. She must know how to dance. And she must have the stamina to dance during the whole-day festivity, throughout the city streets, under the scorching rays of the sun. Respect. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Juana of Sinulog (Cebu City)

Colors and Tradition of Pahiyas Festival, Lucban

We’ve been planning to visit the colorful and renowned Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon province. Yet, for years, we said “perhaps next year”. Conflict of schedule, weather and distance are some of the reasons for the hesitation. The San Isidro Pahiyas Festival is celebrated every 15th of May, which means that it could very well fall on a work day. This year, 2011, the festivities fortunately fell on a Sunday. Continue reading Colors and Tradition of Pahiyas Festival, Lucban

Travel Wish List: Philippine Fiesta Celebrations to See in 2009

It’s said that travel expense, which isn’t a necessity anyway, is the first to get thrown out the window in times of financial crunch. But while the world is no doubt in a financial storm today, it’s not an excuse not to plan the places to see in the Philippines for 2009, especially now that the 2009 long weekends have been declared. Here’s where (or what?) I want to see in 2009, under the fiesta/mardi gras category: Continue reading Travel Wish List: Philippine Fiesta Celebrations to See in 2009

Fiesta in the Philippines

The fiesta, while not a uniquely Filipino tradition, is one of the main cultural and religious events in the Philippines. The celebration of fiesta, which means feast, is one of the influences of Spain that has taken root in the Philippines. Each barangay has a fiesta, which probably holds true for most municipalities and cities (refer to the Philippine political subdivisions). The festivities mostly coincide with the day of the Patron Saint of a particular place, although it’s on the charter day in some places. Here are the more famous fiesta celebrations (if there are others that you believe should be included in the list, please let us know through the comment section below): Continue reading Fiesta in the Philippines