Maligayang Araw ng mga Patay!

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“Araw ng mga Patay” or Day of the Dead is celebrated in the Philippines from November 1-2. During this day, it is tradition to visit the cemeteries to pay homage to the dearly departed. Rather than maintaining a somber and solemn atmosphere, the cemetery becomes an atmosphere of remembrance and merry-making. Friends and family hold festivities and picnics together. Sounds kind of strange, but it’s really a beautiful experience where the large extended Filipino family comes together to catch up and celebrate.

Like people in the States often during Halloween, students come to school in costume. Later, they go door-to-door requesting gifts in exchange for singing a traditional verse about the liberation of holy souls from purgatory into eternal life; their own version of trick-or-treating!

Just a little tidbit on Halloween in the Philippines! Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween, and {m} also wishes everyone an All Saints Day to remember!

photo & post by krizia.


A Pilipino Tribe in the Bay Area

The Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble

For the first time, The Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble of Banaue is here in the Bay Area direct from the Philippines to share their traditional culture and art. Unlike the more theatrical performances of most Philippine dance troupes, the Ifugao Music & Dance Ensemble can be considered a more “authentic” one, as members of the actual tribe sanction it. A friend of mine who recently saw this group perform described it as dancing “the way they might dance in an actual ritual, and act out various events in the tribal setting.”

In a society where native traditions are often romanticized and laced with theatrics, this may be a wonderfully rare and genuine experience to behold.

The ensemble will be performing this Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 7:30PM at Sacramento State University for FREE.

If this is too far for you to travel, they will be performing at the City College of San Francisco, on Thursday, October 25, 2007, at 12:30PM.

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