15p Babaylan Festival - Singles (101,000)
First Day Covers: Manila & Bago City
City of Bago - 50th Charter Anniversary
Bago City is known as the “Home of historical and natural
treasures”, owing to its contribution in the colorful history of the
province of Negros Occidental and country, and its beautiful scenery
and abundance in flora and fauna making it a good eco-tourism
Bago is an Agri/Industrial City, endowed with vast and long stretch
of rolling plains-carpeted with rice, sugarcane, corn, coconut,
fruit trees and other high value crops. Its enchanting mountains
provide a view of splendid scenery, a home of mystic caves lakes and
Bago City boasts of the many attractions it can offer-from the
communion with nature at the cool breeze of Rafael Salas Park and
Nature Center; to the spectacle of panoramic sceneries viewed at
Buenos Aires Mountain Resort; to the gasping sights of the cascading
waterfalls and flora at the height of the viewing deck of the Kipot
Twin Falls; to the warmth of sea breeze, a calmly sight of sunset
and the rustling of waves in the beach resorts; to an immersion down
memory lane in various historical sites and structures that brings
back the nostalgia of a glorious history of the Bagonhons. Truly a
tour in Bago City is a life enriching experience.
is an annual celebration held every 19th day of February during the
Charter Anniversary of the City of Bago, Negros Occidental. It is a
representation of the rituals performed by the Babaylans or high
priestesses, like rituals of marriage, baptism, healing, and
The festival display an exotic character of the Babaylans who were
very common in the Visayan provinces before the Spanish colonizers
came. Among the figures in the history of Negros Island, the
Babaylan Festival is the most colorful and enduring up to now.
Dancing, singing, and drumming to please the spirits are the
standard way of celebration, and the people are adorned in intricate
and beautiful costumes.
Beauty pageants and ritual dances are the highlight of the occasion.
The dancers wear different styles of Babaylan outfits as well as
very colorful and artistic accessories. Some of them also put dye
and paint on their hair and body with a variety of designs
illustrated on their skins
During the pre-Hispanic era of Philippine history, indigenous
Filipino civilizations had a different societal heirarchy.
They are mostly a matriarchal
society, with the Babaylans placed among the highest-ranking leaders
of the group or tribe. When
the Spanish colonizers came, the Babaylans and their rituals were
suppressed, making way to the Christian religion.