Passi City, Iloilo will celebrate and recognize its tattooed culture with music, dance, and performances that express and impress. Alongside Passi’s 21st Cityhood Anniversary, Pintados de Pasi will turn into an enormous festival, reverberating to the drumbeats of hundreds of tattooed dancing bodies on its tribal dance competition on March 23, 2019 at 8 a.m.
The festivity showcases the ancient practice of the art of body painting and tattooing. It is also in memory of their ancestors who were called “pintados,” men with tattoos from the ankles up to their upper torso and neck. Not everyone could have a tattoo; they were exclusive only to the greatest and bravest of warriors. Tattoos were symbols of status and rank. Natives had to win battles and fight in wars in order to earn their tattoos. The braver ones even extended their tattoo marks up to their cheeks, around their eyes and forehead. This art of body painting had even amazed the early Spanish colonizers.
The centerpiece of the festival features the rich history and culture of the Passinhons expressed through dances with different themes depicting the pre-Spanish lifestyle – wars, epics, and folk religions – of the Pintados. The participating tribes are adorned with decorative body paint imitating the ancient tradition of tattooing. They parade the streets, showcasing their extravagant costumes and smiling faces.
Celebrated this year starting March 9 – 24, 2019, with the festival theme: “Passinhon, Padayon nga Maghiriugyon sa Mainuswagon nga Palaabuton” Pintados de Pasi Festival is one of the more established and popular in the province. More than just a celebration, it is important community event where ancient stories and traditions are handed down to youngsters, as well as a time to come together and have fun.
The event is free, and everyone is welcome to join in the festivities, with activities for children and adults alike. March 9 (Saturday) Opening of Food Festival/ Passi People’s Trade Fair and Garden Show at 6 p.m., Pintados Color Fest at 7 p.m.; March 10 – 13 (Sunday – Wednesday) Nightly Entertainment; March 14 (Thursday) 21st Cityhood Anniversary Celebration with a Mass at 6:30 a.m., Opening Salvo – Street Dancing at 8 a.m., Creative Minds – CMIAP All In at 6 p.m.; March 15 (Friday) Zumbatados at 5 p.m., AngPagbukas: Pintados de Pasi Festival 2019 at 5 p.m., Montessorian’s Night at 6 p.m.; March 16 (Saturday) 3rd Pintados de Pasi Taekwondo Championship 2019 at 6 a.m., Mobile Legend Tournament at 8 a.m., Big Brother Party Central and St. Alphonsus School of Passi City Entertainment Night at 6 p.m.;March 17 (Sunday) Invitational Motocross at 6 a.m., Nightly Entertainment at 7 p.m.; March 18 (Monday) Nightly Entertainment at 7 p.m.
March 19 (Tuesday) Opening Program of Parade/ Pasundayag and Awarding Program at 7 a.m., BinibiningPIntados 2019 Talent’s Competition at 7 p.m.; March 20 (Wednesday) Golden Hearts Award 2019 Handuraw 2019 at 7 p.m.; March 21 (Thursday) Laro Ng Lahi at 7 a.m., PintaLawas – Ginoong Pintados at 9 a.m., Pintados Night at 7 p.m.; March 22 (Friday) Karosa Parada/ Karabaw Pagwapa-Pagwapo at 7 a.m., Binibining Pintados 2019 Grand Coronation Night at 7 p.m.; March 23 (Saturday) Mass for Tribe Competition at 6:30 a.m., Pintados Tribe Competition at 8 a.m., Closing/ Awarding Program at 4 p.m., Fireworks Display at 6:30 p.m. and Night with the Stars at 7 p.m.; March 24 (Sunday) Thanksgiving Mass at 6:30 a.m.
Pintados de Pasi Festival had always been an important community event for connecting people to place and reinforcing identity. The festival helps Passi City grow culturally and revitalize its cultural and historical expression.
The City of Passi is situated 50 kilometers away or an hour and twenty-minute drive from Iloilo City. It is located along the Central portion of the province using the Iloilo-Capiz National Highway. It is politically subdivided into 51 barangays witha land area of 25,068 hectares. It shares boundaries with San Enrique on the north; on the south is Dumarao, Capiz; Calinog on the east; and on the west is Lemery.
To get to Passi City, one can take the bus at the new Ceres Terminal in Barangay Camalig, Jaro, Iloilo City. For more information about the celebration, please contact Mrs. Gina Palmares – City Tourism Officer at (033) 3115087/ 3115947.