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A homecoming festival for Sto. Niño in Romblon

Ati-Atihan during the Biniray Festival in 2013. Revelers don colorful, tribal costumes for the rhythmic dance during fiestas in Romblon, Romblon. KATI BURG/CONTRIBUTOR

What else could highlight this year’s Biniray Festival in Romblon than the return of the 400-year-old image of the Nuestra Señor Sto. Niño? After 22 years, the statue, stolen from the St. Joseph Cathedral, has come home for its feast.   “We are really happy and thankful that we have the original one back,” said […]

Posted: January 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

‘Bagoong’ makes Lingayen townsfolk dance

‘BAGOONG’ FESTIVAL.  Students carrying earthen jars used to store “bagoong” (salted fish paste) dance in the streets of Lingayen town, Pangasinan province, during the Bagoong Festival featuring the capital town’s main product. WILLIE LOMIBAO/CONTRIBUTOR

It’s not every day when one can say “bagoong” (salted fish paste) has made Lingayen dance.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Columns,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Peñafrancia fiesta begins with less rowdy procession

THOUSANDS of “voyadores” on Friday bring the replica of the 303-year-old image of Ina, Bicol patroness Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, from its shrine to  Naga Metropolitan Cathedral. JUAN ESCANDOR JR. / INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

A group of little boys sat down on the pavement across Porta Mariae, the main entrance to Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, to wait for their fathers on Friday afternoon to bring the image of Bicol patroness Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia into the church, signaling the beginning of the weeklong fiesta in Naga City.

Posted: September 15th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Lucban’s Pahiyas erases post-election blues

THE PAHIYAS festival in Lucban, Quezon, celebrates the feast of the farmers’ patron saint San Isidro de Labrador.  This year, the festival erased the election hangover especially of losing candidates. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR./INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

The festive atmosphere here on Wednesday, the feast of the farmers’ patron saint, San Isidro de Labrador, was pure celebration, albeit still commercialized, but showed no more traces of the feverish and divisive election experienced by the country on Monday.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Mindoreños dance like fireflies

PERFORMERS from Bansud town brought home the grand prize in the “Pandang-Gitab” Festival of Oriental Mindoro, which was held in Calapan City. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF ORIENTAL MINDORO

The practice of Mindoro women carrying oil lamps with lighted wicks flickering like fireflies as they send off their husbands in the cold early morning hours to fish out to the open sea became the inspiration for the official festival of Oriental Mindoro.

Posted: April 10th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Regions | Read More »