ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

PINTADOS: Painted People Festival

Updated on June 19, 2013

A festival is a special occasion celebrated by a group of people having common interests, beliefs, history or culture. It is usually a periodic commemoration marked by feasting and ceremonies. Festivals are celebrated in every corner of this planet, from Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa and etc.While there is a lot of entertainment involved, festivals usually serve a specific purpose. It is interesting to note that numerous festivals around the world have religious origins.

Brazil for example is known for their Carnival, usually around the Lenten season. There is of course the Mardi Gras of New Orleans! The Philippines a small nation in southeast Asia has its share of religious festivals. One such festival in called "Pintados" Coming from the word "paint", essentially this is the festival of the painted people, in the province of Leyte and Samar, a Visayan region of the Philippines.

This is an illustration taken from the Boxer Codex dated 1590 of fully tattooed "Pintados" from the Visayan region. The floral-like tattoo patterns on the body have similar counterparts in the woven textiles of the Ilocos as well as in the tattooing
This is an illustration taken from the Boxer Codex dated 1590 of fully tattooed "Pintados" from the Visayan region. The floral-like tattoo patterns on the body have similar counterparts in the woven textiles of the Ilocos as well as in the tattooing


When the Spaniards came to the Visayas (central group of islands in the Philippines, where Leyte and Samar lies), in the 1500's, they were met by heavily tattoed people, whom they called "pintados" - the painted ones. In 1888 the Spanish missionaries brought an image of the child Jesus. The rich and colorful background of the image drew out the devotion and worship of the Leyte natives to the Santo Nino (Holy Child). The Pintados Foundation Inc. founded in 1986 by a group of civic minded individuals, developed religious-cultural activities in honor of the Santo Nino. This gave birth to the Pintados festival, a month long festivity that culminates on June 29 each year.


The Pintados Festival, now called Pintados-Kasadya-an Festival, is one of the most colorful events in the country. The hallmark of the celebration is the showcase of native/folk dances, participated by festive dancers with painted bodies and costumes, designed to resemble the tattoed natives of the past. These dancers come from different towns and municipalities around Leyte and Samar islands. They converge in Tacloban City the region's city capital to compete in a carefully choreographed dance routine. The dances reflect or portray the traditions and way of life that flourished before the Spaniards came. Indigenous music with hypnotic rhythms are used to accompany the dances performed on the streets. Spectators follow the parade of colors from beginning to the end. Oftentimes, spectators participate in the festivity by painting their own faces and arms, then dancing along with the beat pulsating in the streets!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • sense4logic profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thank You, Mama Sez. The Philippines is indeed a festival capital, with all that festivals they have all year round!

    • Mama Sez profile image

      Mama Sez 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Very informative and inviting. Nice pictures...people would really want to witness this festival and meet the beautiful and talented people of the Philippines.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)