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When weddings are a community affair

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NEWLY married couple Pecdasen and Kinagan (arms raised) dance to the beat of gongs to celebrate their union in a local marriage rite called “babayas.” ROLAND RABANG/ CONTRIBUTOR

When the fairy-bluebird, locally known as “adog,” appears in the woods and in the fields, this indicates the beginning of the first of two marriage seasons in Sagada town in Mountain Province.

Posted: June 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

This all-occasion ritual has calming effect on IPs

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Occasions are never a private affair in the tourist town of Sagada in Mt. Province, because the community is always involved. When Lakay Lino Capuyan, elder and council figurehead of dap-ay (community gathering place) Akikis at Demang in central Sagada, died on Feb. 2, his death was a signal that the community needed to perform some obligatory rituals, one of which was the senga.

Posted: October 29th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

The healing world of a ‘mandadawak’

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INA Ayunnaw, a “mandadawak” of Magsilay in Pasil, Kalinga province, performs a healing ritual in this 1988 photograph by Tommy Hafalla.

In 1988, the parents of a nursing child were told by doctors at a hospital in Tabuk, Kalinga province, that their ward’s affliction was beyond treatment.

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

Origins of Benguet mummification

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IN REPOSE throughout the centuries, a mummy is interred with rows of human skulls at the Opdas burial cave in Kabayan, Benguet, in this 1981 photograph. Carving detail beside the mummy shows samples of tattoo designs preserved on the skin of some of the mummies. TOMMY HAFALLA/CONTRIBUTOR

The sciences, both human and applied, are picking up from where oral traditions left off in explaining lingering questions over the practice of mummification in Benguet.   But scholars and experts still differ over several key aspects of a practice that has been extinct for centuries. For instance, the jury is still out on the […]

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Egg-cracking enlivens Holy Week

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cartoon, april 8, 2012

It is a Holy Week contest where the winner is the guy who cracks the most or the biggest number of eggs. On Maundy Thursday, as in previous years, groups of boys and a few men gathered at Plaza Salcedo here and played a game called “tinnuktok.”

Posted: April 8th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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