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Laguna Sto. Niño Festival: Salibanda in Paete (Schedule)
It's a marriage between the raucous Ati-atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan and the St John the Baptist themed Basaan Fiesta of San Juan and the Parada ng Lechon of Balayan, Batangas where the people of Paete, Laguna, for more than a century, parade on the streets with the Sto. Niño (child Jesus), while spectators and revelers alike splash water on one another.
Photo Credits and Special thanks to Sidney of My Sari-sari Store for letting Tutubi use his Salibanda images. Tutubi invited Sidney in 2010 but was not able to come home
The fiesta, called Salibanda, shortened from Sali sa Banda (english: join the band), is held on the third and the last Sundays of January (usually coinciding with the schedules of Cebu's Sinulog Festival and Kalibo's Ati-atihan Festival and Iloilo's Dinagyang festival but not with Dinagyang if January has 5 Sundays)
Fiesta Salibanda 2015 Schedule:
January 18, 2015
Official Catholic and Rampants Club
January 25, 2015
Sto. Nino de Palaboy and S Fly
12nn Paete Church for the holy mass then parade around Paete for the "basaan" part
the Aglipayan (Aglipay or Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI))parade starts from Wawa (Laguna Lake shore) fluvial parade
These days, you can now see the same festival celebrated in neighboring towns of Pakil, Pangil, Kalayaan, Lumban and Pagsanjan but the original is always Paete, the first to have the unique Sto. Niño fiesta in the Philippines.
Origin and History of Salibanda Fiesta:
When did the Salibanda start? Who started it? Did it begin as an animist/pagan practice and converted into a Catholic tradition similar to the Ati-atihan Festival?
No one definitely knows for sure when or when the "wet and wild" devotion to the Sto Niño began and originated. Local lore and legends are also hard to believe. No scholarly study has been done to trace and document this. There's only documentation that the practice was present in the late 19th century and the original Sto. Niño image was transferred from the Catholic Church to the Aglipayan in 1902 when the original owners of the image switched religion.
in history there's a saying: "no document, no history" the mystery behind this tradition still exists waiting for a scholar to dig deeper or someone to stumble upon an ancient document (a 19th century or earlier blogger perhaps?) detailing it's origins and original intent.
wear red if you want to participate (but not a guarantee that you will not get wet)
bring extra change clothes
protect your camera or bring a waterproof camera
If you have a car, park it on the highway, not inside the town as you will be requested to move it so as not to impede the parade and avoid scratches
Good day po. About the history of SALIBANDA po, I received some leaflets that states theory that will defend the stand that the SALIBANDA is really from the Roman Catholic Church. I also scan history books of PAETE, and I saw a paragraph stating that SALIBANDA WAS ORIGINALLY A CATHOLIC TRADITION BUT TRANSFERRED TO THE IFI due to Religion Conversion. I just want to share this one! Thanks! :D Preparing for HOLY WEEK na po tayo, haha. Hope that you will have photos too.
anonymous, the leaflets were from the catholic church, what do you expect? you mean history book of calabig? was he actually a historian who consulted original documents? the actual origin of Salibanda is lost to history...i have a newer post about salibanda with pictures...lots of posts here on Holy Week in paete too