Last February 22, 2012 the President issued the Proclamation No. 344 s. 2012 to give the people of Passi City, Iloilo the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the city's 14th Foundation Day with appropriate ceremonies by declaring March 14 as a special (non-working) day.
Passi is one of the oldest towns in the province of Iloilo. It city lies in the central part of Panay Island. The island is divided into four provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo.
To commemorate the city's foundation anniversary, Passi celebrates the annual Pintados de Pasi Festival. The festival is held every 3rd week of March. It is in honor of the Pintados that once inhabited the town. The highlight is the theatrical streetdancing performances of the Pintados. The Pintados as characterized by the performers are body painted streetdancers. The Pintados wear traditional body tattoos with intricate designs and does not only shows traditional symbols but also tells the history of its tribe.
Pintados de Pasi Festival is a weeklong celebration that is filled with special events. It includes Garden Show & Food Festivals; the Karosa Parada & Carabao Painting Contest; the Grand Coronation Night of the Search for Bb. Pintados; Sinadya sa Suba and the Pinta Lawas as well as the Carabao Painting contest are also highlights of the celebration.
2012 Schedule of Activities
March 14 (Wednesday) - Opening and Food Festival
March 15 (Thursday)
8:00am - "Pinta Lawas"
7:00pm - Ginoong Pintados
March 16 (Friday)
8:00am - Karosa Parada (with painted carabaos and karosas from the 51 barangays and their local produce)
6:00pm - Bb. Pintados
March 17 (Saturday)
8:00am - Sinadya sa Suba (laro ng lahi and more)
March 18 (Sunday)
8:00am - Tribe Competition
6:00pm - Awarding Ceremony and fireworks display
8:00pm - "Night with the Stars"
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of Php875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 18 hours plus) or you can take a ferry (estimated cost of Php2600++, round trip, with insurance and meals, 20-24 hours).
Passi City is 42 kilometers away from Iloilo City. From the Iloilo Airport/Seaport, you can take a cab or jeepney (Php10/pax) to the bus terminal located at Barangay Tagbak, Iloilo City. Take the bus (Php50/pax, 45 minutes to 1 hour trip) going to Passi City.
Where to Stay
• Garden Pavilion Hotel and Restaurant at Simeon Aguilar St., tel. # 311-5716
• Pintados Pension House at Barangay Sablogon, tel. # 311-6263
• Kawilihan Family Resort at Barangay Bacuranan, tel. # 311-5428
• Spring Garden Resort at Barangay Sablogon, mobile # 0916-438-1493
• Christine's Place at Simeon Aguilar St., tel. # 311-6156
What to Expect
• Passi City is home to the sweetest pineapples in Panay.
• Several azucarera (historic sugar mills, some dating back to the Spanish Era) can be found in Passi City.
• Several activities during the weeklong festival are: the Sinadya sa Suba in the Jaraul River, the Pintados de Pasi Cultural Contest; the Binibining Pintados pageant, the Karosa Parada and Carabao Painting Contest; and the Pinta Lawas/Ginoong Pintados competition; there is also a night fireworks display to cap off the festival.
• You must not leave the festival without catching the colorful and wildish Tribal Dance Competition when the streets are filled with performers in minimalist tribal garb to show off the body paint that represents the ancient tattooed Pintado warriors. Set to the sound of tribal music, the participants recreate battles and events of the olden days in the form of dancing.
photos: from panlakbay.com and ilonggo.net
source/reference: www.gov.ph; www.passicity.gov.ph; www.choosephils.com