Every first of November, Sagadians gather at the cemetery to remember their departed loved ones. But instead of lighting traditional candles, they use woods of old pine trees locally called “saeng“, a flammable wood from old pine trees, to create bonfires on the graves of their departed. They call it “panag-apoy”, a tradition long been practiced in Sagada, Mountain Province. “Panag-apoy” a Kankana-ey term that means “to light a fire”, is the town’s way of remembering the departed. The tradition starts with an afternoon mass…Continue Reading “Panag-apoy: Sagada’s Festival of Light”

Every 28th day of August, the remote town of Cuyo in Palawan celebrates its town fiesta in honor of their Patron Saint Agustin.

Kids performers in aeta-aetehan (ati-atihan)

Cuyo, a town in the group of islands of the same name sits in the open water of Sulu Sea is blessed with rich history and culture, unexploited islands and islets decorated with white sand beaches and built by waves and strong winds.

Cuyo Church's interior

The town’s century old church is uniquely inside the fort that was built by Augustinian Recollects in 1680. The church was founded in 1622 as the Parish of St. Augustine, the oldest parish in the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay composing of the towns and islands in Northern Mainland Palawan, Calamianes Group and Cuyo Group.

Cuyo Church and Fort

During town fiesta, locals attend mass where they put blue dye locally called anyel on their faces after the celebration. In the afternoon, one of the highlights of the town fiesta happens – the Pagdayao Festival that features street dancing and cultural shows from various schools in town, showcasing their versions of performances that tell the rich history, heritage and culture of Cuyo.

Locals (and even guests) put blue dye on their faces after the mass
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