Location

Municipality of Alfonso
Category

Date

Dec 14 2018

Time

All of the day

Sanghiyang Festival

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A pre-colonial ritual celebrated by firewalkers of Indang and Alfonso. It combines elements of folk religion, magic and Christian faith. It is a gesture of thanksgiving and a rite to cure the sick. People conducted “Sanghiyang” rituals as an offering to Bathala for a bountiful harvest, a thanksgiving for a recovery from illness, or deliverance from death.The ritual is believed to have started from Naic long before the arrival of the Spaniards and the friars suppressed its observance. The people learned to incorporate same Catholic elements into the rituals and the majority of the spirits invoked are presumed Christian saints.