Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Dinagyang: The Sound of a Thousand Drums

It started with just a tip-tap tip-tap of drumsticks, outside the city sometime September. Then, in October, it went tip-tip boom boom boboom like a shamanistic ritual. By the time it reached November, ten thousand arms raised their hands in the air with sticks gripped tightly and crashed down in rhythym, sounding for all the world the rage of a thousand storms. The time of the festival has come. The Dinagyang.

History tells us of the roots of the festival that it started as a thanksgiving ritual, where the first Aeta's to be colonizes were the people of Iloilo, exchanging gifts and treasures with the Spaniards. In return for the blessings of the Sto. Nino, the black-skinned people danced for the foreigners. Thus, the ritual for the dark saint was born.

Fast forward to this century. To this day, every last Sunday of January, various groups would paint their bodies black and join the differrent tribes that would compete for the glory of Sto. Nino. This year, a new record of 20 new tribes to challenge each other and try to win the coveted title and thus paying off hard work spanning more than 4 months.

It's been seven years since I last attended the Dinagyang Festival . So this one is kinda special for me. What makes it even special cuz I got to spend the day with my girl, hehehe.

So, on to my fave pics!

Let's get ready to rumble!

On Killing Ground

Nice Plumes

Hang Time

Flame On! Wind to the left!

Worshippers of the Sun God

Skirmishing Warriors

Ambushing Bushmen!

Stalking their prey...

Raising their hands for glory...and the Champions

State of Mind: w00t!
Song of the Day: Falling Leaves by Wickermoss

Now Reading: Soul Music by Terry Prachett

Tribe of Choice: Tribu ni San Pedro ( the Bushmen )


Blogger Kyuzo said...

ayos dude! pero teka, san ka dun sa picture? magkamukha kayong lahat pag naka-bahag at maitim na make-up!!! :lol:

8:30 PM, January 31, 2006  
Anonymous kay said...

im interested more on the "girl" part :) was supposed to go there you know... kaya lang. er. :)

10:45 PM, January 31, 2006  

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