Pintados Festival, celebrated each third week in the month of March, has grown over the years to be one of the most remarkable events.
Philippines’ event calendar is packed with festivals that make it one of the most elaborate cultural systems across the world. Pintados is no exception. Held in the Province of Iloilo, the festival is an integral part and parcel of the local community.
Tourists will often be awed by the artful performers during the celebrations held to mark the beginning of Pintados Festival. The performers will usually dress in traditional regalia, but perhaps what stands out more is the intricate body tattoos on their bodies. The symmetrical inked designs make for a spectacle on their own.
It is important for visitors to realize that the tattoos are not only a form of body work, they also depict the phases that the province has gone through over the years. The features and traits of the expansive province are represented as a way of life using these symmetrical shapes.
The dance performances are not the only part of the festival that enthrals attendants. The Garden Show also offers a magical setting for tourists to revel in the Filipino culture. Add to this the Food Festivals and it is easy to see why the festival is a crowd puller.
Other notable events include the Karosa Parada and Carabao Painting Contest where artsy travellers put their skill to the test. You may also want to check out the Grand Coronation Night of the Search for Pintados, one of the most fascinating shows.
Pintados Festival is an event that you cannot afford to miss. There is no better way to enjoy a cultural experience in Philippines.