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A festival of deathmask and Christian...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Painting contest depicting the deathmask is organized during Katagman Festival

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers performing on the streets of Oton, wearing the famous deathmask

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers performing on the streets of Oton, wearing the famous deathmask

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival of deathmask and Christian...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

A historical landmark, honoring Oton as the oldest municipality in Panay Island.

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers wear the famous Oton death mask while holding an image of the virgin Mary.

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers performing on the streets of Oton, wearing the famous deathmask

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers performing on the streets of Oton, wearing the famous deathmask

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival about deathmask and Christ...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
04 May 2013

Streetdancers wearing the deathmask.

Katagman refers to the ancient settlers of Western Panay. This settler has unique burial ritual in which they placed a gold nose-disc and gold eye-mask to their dead people to protect the eyes and nose of their diseased loved ones from evil spirits. This ancient ritual is influenced by Chinese in which the natives have trade relationship with them before the Spaniards conquered the Philippines.

Oton was once a center of trade route in Panay Islands. Prosperity brought about a flourishing community, and so many examples of the early Chinese wares were obtained from the area that it is necessary to explain shortly that Chinese settlers in the area practiced ancient Chinese customs even in the disposal of the remains of their dead. The town became home to several burial rites where gold artifacts, porcelain and carnelian beads where among the rare items recovered.

When the Spanish conquered the Philippines, Oton was established in 1572 by the Augustinian Friars and became the center of Spanish administration in Iloilo. Once known as Ogtong or reef or tidal flat which is the main feature of the area, Oton was a missionary base for the conversion of the entire region. This led to the Christianization of the native Katagmans.

During the Katagman Festival, a street dancing competition, painting competition and dance theater competition is highlighted showcasing the rich historical past of Oton.

Source: http://www.iloilometropolitantimes.com/11th-katagman-festival-in-oton/

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A festival of deathmask and Christian...
Oton, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
03 May 2013

Painting contest depicting the deathmask is organized during Katagman Festival

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30,000 laborers march on Labor Day
Metro Manila, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
01 May 2013

Around 30,000 militant and labor groups march to Liwasang Bonifacio on May 1, 2013, Labor Day urging the government for salary increases of 125 pesos across the board nationwide.

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A Four Day Walk
Quezon City, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
27 Apr 2013

On April 24, 2013 to April 27, 2013, around 200 farmers of Hacienta Luisita march for four days and travelled by walking almost 98 kilometers (from Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac to the residency of President Benigno S. Aquino III in Times St. in Quezon City to Malacanang Palace in Manila) to seek the attention of the president’s family to distribute the 4,335 hectares of land to the farmers and release the 1.33 billion pesos to them.

The farmers caravan was dubbed as “Lakbayan para sa Libreng Pamamahagi ng Lupa sa Hacienda Luisita” (A voyage for the free distribution of Hacienda Luisita lands), is led by the Alyansa ng mga Manggagawang Bukid sa Asyenda Luisita (Ambala) and the United Luisita Workers Union (ULWU) to commemorate the one year decision of Supreme Court to distribute Hacienda Luisita.
According to ULWU chairman Lito Bais, “It’s been a year since the Supreme Court decided with finality the distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farm workers, but all we witnessed are pro-landlord maneuvers by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and Aquino’s relatives to strengthen their control over the lands.”

When the farmers almost reach the residency of the president in Times St., police barricade forbid them to enter the premises. Farmworkers had noise barrage, small sharing about their angst and lie on the pedestrian lane to show their utmost protest.

Hacienda Luisita is a sugar cane plantation and formerly owned by Pres. Aquino’s maternal side – the Cojuangcos.

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6th International Hornbill Conference...
Makati, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
24 Apr 2013

Ancient tribes uses beaks of hornbills as sign of their royalties.

6th International Hornbill Conference was held in the Philippines for the first time. The conference aims to bring together people studying or interested in hornbills to present and share studies, information and conservation techniques.
Delagates from Asia and Europe participated this conference on hornbill conservation which happens every four years.

It is discussed during the conference that Philippines is home to 16% of world's hornbills. Philippines has the most endemic hornbills in the world but ironically, Philippines has the most number of endangered species of hornbills.

According to Dr. Mundita Lim, Director of Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau in the Philippines, the Philippines spent 10 million pesos every year to rehabilitate and reforest a bald mountain but the government doesn't realize that hornbills play a vital role in propagating seeds and reforesting our forest....

After the conference, exhibit of photos and paintings of hornbills that are endemic to the Philippines are showcased.

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6th International Hornbill Conference...
Makati, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
24 Apr 2013

Popular columnist Atty. Randy David(with ID lace and in blue long sleeves) and WBCP President, Mike Lu (in blue long sleeves)

6th International Hornbill Conference was held in the Philippines for the first time. The conference aims to bring together people studying or interested in hornbills to present and share studies, information and conservation techniques.
Delagates from Asia and Europe participated this conference on hornbill conservation which happens every four years.

It is discussed during the conference that Philippines is home to 16% of world's hornbills. Philippines has the most endemic hornbills in the world but ironically, Philippines has the most number of endangered species of hornbills.

According to Dr. Mundita Lim, Director of Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau in the Philippines, the Philippines spent 10 million pesos every year to rehabilitate and reforest a bald mountain but the government doesn't realize that hornbills play a vital role in propagating seeds and reforesting our forest....

After the conference, exhibit of photos and paintings of hornbills that are endemic to the Philippines are showcased.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (1 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

A woman weaving broomcorn grasses.


Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft broom and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (2 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

A woman weaving broomcorn grass to make a soft broom. Soft brooms are the oldest form of cleaning / sweeping tool used around the world.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (3 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

A woman weaving broomcorn grasses to make a soft broom.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (11 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

After harvesting, broomcorn grasses are left to dry on the dirt roads of Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (12 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

After harvesting, broomcorn grasses are left to dry on the dirt roads of Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (13 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

After harvesting, broomcorn grasses are left to dry on the dirt roads of Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (14 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

After harvesting, broomcorn grasses are left to dry on the dirt roads of Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (7 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

A tricycle with soft broom products.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (8 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

People and tourists purchasing soft brooms of Manioto, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (16 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
13 Apr 2013

Broomcorn grasses are abundant in Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Broom Makers Of Manito
Manito, Philippines
By U.S. Editor
12 Apr 2013

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found in the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihoods of the people in this isolated area is making soft brooms, which usually sell for 20 to 150 pesos. Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

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Broom makers of Manito, Albay (15 of 16)
Manito, Albay, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
12 Apr 2013

Broomcorn grasses are abundant in Manito, Albay.

Broomcom (Sorghum Vulgare) is a variety of upright grass mostly found on the mountainous area of Manito, Albay. One of the major livelihood of people in this far flung area is making soft brooms and they sell each broom from 20 pesos to 150 pesos.

Soft brooms made from broomcorn grasses are the oldest form of cleaning and sweeping tool used around the world.

Manito, Albay is around 15 hours away from Manila, capital of Philippines.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippines
Ifugao, Philippines
By U.S. Editor
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon and Hungduan exhume their death as form of love and respect to their departed family members and relatives. They feast, celebrate and offer prayers to the dead for three days…

Despite Christianity had penetrated the sacred mountains of Ifugao and most Ifugaonons are converted to this dominating religion in the Philippines, they still practice this taboo and bizarre ritual and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during the “Bogwa”.

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Ritual Exhumation -Ifugao, Philippine...
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
19 Mar 2013

Bogwa is an ancient ritual in Ifugao, Philippines where natives in Kiangan, Asipulo, Banaue, Lagawe, Hingyon, and Hungduan exhume their death as a form of love and respect to their departed relatives. They feast, celebrate, and offer prayers to the dead for three days.

Although most Ifuagonos have converted to Christianity, they still practice this ritual taboo and incorporate Christian songs and prayers during “Bogwa”.

On the first day of "Bogwa", a Mumbaki (priest) will offer a prayer and a ritual asking the spirits to allow them to open the tomb of the dead.

After opening the tomb, a group of men are now ready to exhume the dead body and clean its 246 bones tediously . The men remove the garments and decaying flesh of the dead with their bare hands.

After cleaning the bones, they bury the decaying flesh near the tomb and sundry the cleaned bones. Next they wrap the skeleton's bones with white cloth and place native Ifugao garments over the white cloth.They will lay the wrapped bones in the favorite area of their beloved where they will pray and sing Christian songs for 3 days.

All people who wish to join the celebration are welcome. The family who is celebrating this unusual day are required to butcher pigs every day to feed all the visitors and on the last day they must also butcher a carabao.

A new coffin is made for the wrapped bones.

Before returning the dead to his tomb, a closing prayer and ritual is done and family members are asked to throw stones inside the tomb and make wishes to the spirits of their departed loved ones.

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Island Of Twins
Alabat Island, Philippines
By U.S. Editor
02 Mar 2013

There are around sixty pairs of twins living in a small town on Alabat Island. Eudosia and Antonia, who will be turning 82 next year, are the oldest, while the five month-old babies, Jane and Joy, are the youngest pair on the island.

According to the mayor, the population of the island is composed of 4% of twins of the 12,039 residents of their town. When he and his wife migrated to the island in 1980s they were amazed that the island had so many twins. Even the former mayor of the island had a twin brother. Town folks were shocked when they thought they'd seen that the dead mayor brought back to life, but later learnt that the former mayor has a twin brother.

No studies have been conducted on the island to investigate why the number of twins in this small town is growing. According to a study conducted between 1996 to 2006, the Philippine Obstetric and Gynecologic Society found out that there was a 182% increase in multiple pregnancies in 35 year-old women due to the use of fertility drugs. Due to the remoteness of the island and the limited access to fertility drugs, other influences could be considered such as inheritance of twinning or the food intake of mothers.
According to Wikipedia, Yoruba in South Africa has the highest rate of twinning in the world, with 45-50 twin sets (or 90-100 twins) per 1,000 live births, possibly because of high consumption of a specific type of yam containing a natural phytoestrogen which may stimulate the ovaries to release an egg from each side.
The main source of sustenance on the island is farming and fishing. According to the oldest midwife in the island, heredity is the major culprit of twinning in the island, and so far, their island has the highest population of twins in the entire Philippines.

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World's Largest Captive Crocodile Die...
Bunawan, Philippines
By U.S. Editor
12 Feb 2013

In this photograph taken in September 2011 shows 1,075-kilogramme (2,370-pound) saltwater crocodile at the conservation park in Bunawan, Philippines on February 12, 2013. The 21-foot (6.4-metre) monster, died on February 10, 2012, is suspected of eating a local man who went missing in July 2011 and of killing a 12-year-old girl whose head was bitten off in 2009, was caught in a remote southern creek on September 3, 2011.

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World's Largest Captive Crocodile Die...
Agusan del Sur, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
12 Feb 2013

A man put ice on the lifeless body of 1,075-kilogramme (2,370-pound) saltwater crocodile at the conservation park in Bunawan, Philippines on February 12, 2013 ahead of autopsy. The 21-foot (6.4-metre) monster, died on February 10, 2012, is suspected of eating a local man who went missing in July 2011 and of killing a 12-year-old girl whose head was bitten off in 2009, was caught in a remote southern creek on September 3, 2011.

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World's Largest Captive Crocodile Die...
Agusan del Sur, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
12 Feb 2013

Herpetologists examine to find out the cause of death of 1,075-kilogramme (2,370-pound) saltwater crocodile at the conservation park in Bunawan, Philippines on February 12, 2013. The 21-foot (6.4-metre) monster, died on February 10, 2012, is suspected of eating a local man who went missing in July 2011 and of killing a 12-year-old girl whose head was bitten off in 2009, was caught in a remote southern creek on September 3, 2011.

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World's Largest Captive Crocodile Die...
Agusan del Sur, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
12 Feb 2013

Herpetologists examine to find out the cause of death of 1,075-kilogramme (2,370-pound) saltwater crocodile at the conservation park in Bunawan, Philippines on February 12, 2013. The 21-foot (6.4-metre) monster, died on February 10, 2012, is suspected of eating a local man who went missing in July 2011 and of killing a 12-year-old girl whose head was bitten off in 2009, was caught in a remote southern creek on September 3, 2011.