Pintados de Pasi: Passionate Passinhons' Way of Life
Belle Piccio | Feb 24, 2015
Passi is one of the oldest towns in the province of Iloilo. It lies in the central part of Panay Island, which is divided into four provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo.
One of the well-known festivals of Iloilo, the Pintados de Pasi has exerted a big influence on the way of life of most Passinhons.
To commemorate the city’s foundation anniversary, Passi celebrates the annual Pintados de Pasi Festival. The festival is held every 3rd week of March in honor of the Pintados who once inhabited the town. The highlight is the theatrical street dancing performances of the Pintados.
The Pintados as characterized by the performers are body-painted street dancers. They wear traditional body tattoos with intricate designs that do not only show traditional symbols but also tell the history of the tribe.
The Pintados de Pasi Festival is a weeklong celebration that is filled with special events such as Karosa Parada and Carabao Painting contest, garden shows and food festivals, the Search for Bb. Pintados coronation night. Highlights of the celebration are Pinta Lawas and Sinadya sa Suba.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of Php875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 18 hours plus) or you can take a ferry (estimated cost of Php2600++, round trip, with insurance and meals, 20-24 hours).
Passi City is 42 kilometers away from Iloilo City. From the Iloilo Airport/Seaport, you can take a cab or jeepney (Php10/pax) to the bus terminal located at Barangay Tagbak, Iloilo City. Take the bus (Php50/pax, 45 minutes to 1 hour trip) going to Passi City.