Archive for the ‘Festivals In Region VII’ Category
- Folk Healing Festival (Black Saturday, San Antonio, Siquijor) – Herbalists from all over the Visayas and Mindanao meet in the barangay of San Antonio where medicinal potions are commonly prepared, using the traditional method practiced since ancient times. A motley of tree barks, roots, herbs, dirt, insects and other “secret” ingredients are thrown into a large cauldron filled with coconut oil while participants gathered in a circle mumble incantations to empower the brew believed to cure a variety of ailments. The herbal preparation takes place on Black Saturday, on the belief that with the death of Jesus Christ, entitles and forces not on this realm, roam the earth and share their healing powers to those who seek their assestance.
- Solili Festival (September, Siquijor) – Taking after the traditions in Lazi, Siquijor, the Solili Binalaye is a marriage ritual where both parents of the bride and groom prepare a feast and take turns in advising the couple on the realities of married life. The rituals are depicted in a street-dancing competition that serves as the highlight of the week-long Araw ng Siquijor Charter Day celebration.