Bayluhay Festival - Iloilo Events

Bayluhay Festival

3rd Saturday of January | San JoaquinIloilo


Bayluhay festival is celebrated every third week of January. The festival reflect's the town's unique mixture of race and cultures . Historical and religious themes, mostly anchored from the Barter of Panay, and efforts with the preservation of rituals are reflected mostlty through their dances.  Since that time, the Malay and Aetas have assimilated most important cultural trends as seen in the different rituals that are still being observed in some of the town's barangays. These rituals are authenticated by the "maarams" or medicine men or healers in the area. The rites of passage that evolced from the war dance or dinapay was performed during the Malay-Aeta exchange, to ward off evil and protect them from harm.



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