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Babaylan Festival: Reliving a Unique Filipino Tradition

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Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Feb 12, 2016
Babaylan Festival: Reliving a Unique Filipino Tradition

The Babaylan Festival, an annual celebration of the unique Filipino traditions that can be traced back to  the pre-Spanish era, will be commemorated in February, in line with the charter anniversary of Bago City, Negros Occidental

The festival is based on the ceremonies and rituals such as marriage, baptism, healing and harvest executed by Babaylans,

Babaylan Festival file photo by Sir Billy Lopue | Camera Club of Negros

A babaylan or high priestess is a doctor, herbalist, artist, medium, adviser, agriculturist and more, all rolled in one very interesting character. Babaylans are believed to get their healing powers from unseen spirits. They are the keeper of rituals and spirit agents in normal world that inspires awe and fear.

The festival is a weeklong celebration full of activities.

2016 Schedule of Activities

Babaylan Festival file photo by Sir Billy Lopue | Camera Club of Negros

 Babaylan Festival file photo by Sir Billy Lopue | Camera Club of Negros

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Babaylan Festival file photo by Sir Billy Lopue | Camera Club of Negros

 The festival aims to rediscover the Bagonhon indigenous music, literature, dances, rituals and other artistic endeavors. Go and visit Bago City now!


How to Get There

Bago City is located 21.5 kilometers south of the provincial capital of Negros Occidental, Bacolod City. It is a 30-minute drive from the center of Bacolod, and an hour's drive from the Bacolod-Silay Airport.

From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head) or a cab and ask to be dropped off at the nearest station for buses/vans that will pass through Bago City.

From Bacolod, you can ride a bus/PUVs going to Bago City at the south terminal.


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