Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tigkaralag in Pavia, Iloilo: The Ultimate Halloween Experience

photo by Joel Miles Molina


In Pavia, Iloilo, October 30 is celebrated as a Halloween festival locally known as Tigkaralag. Taken from the Hiligaynon root word “kalag” meaning soul, Tigkaralag is this town’s unique way of celebrating All Soul’s Day. It is annually marked by a showdown and dance presentation of various Halloween characters represented by the town’s barangays.

The municipality uses the symbolic and interpretative festival of Halloween through Tigkaralag to each local customs and traditions about this holiday through a celebratory experience enchanting to Ilonggos of all ages.


The entire evening becomes a showcase of scary creatures of various sizes and shapes. Can you survive a nightmarish horde of zombies?  There is only one way to find out!


photo by Joel Miles Molina
Experience Tigkaralag as the town’s municipal plaza transforms into a haunted park with scary characters, fully made-up and in classic or more elaborate costumes. This year, on its 21st year, the event has everything under the moon. It will take you on a more sinister persona after dark as horrifying characters come to life. You will run screaming into the arms of the Corpse Bride and beware of the witch stirring her cauldron as she mutters spells and scary sounds. They are all present in that evening along with an incredible array of grim reapers, skeletons, body parts and more.


In the Philippines, the celebration of Halloween is related to the scarier aspects of life such as death, magic, and mythical creatures in the life. It involves activities such as tricks and treating, costume parties, visiting of haunted houses, reading scary stories, ghost tours, and watching horror movies.


But in some towns, Halloween is a festival full of scary, fun, enjoyable moment, decoration, parties and gathering.


Tigkaralag Festival in Pavia, Iloilo has grown to become one of the largest community celebrations in Pavia. Conceptualized in 1991 by former 2nd District Provincial Board Member, Hon. Cecilia H. Capadosa, Tigkaralag annually draws many of horror fans from around Iloilo to this one-of-a-kind event. It has grown in size in terms of audience and participants.


photo by Joel Miles Molina
Tigkarakag will start with a parade by contesting barangays at 6:30 p.m. proceeding to the municipal plaza where the contest proper will be showcased with awards in categories for the Best Arch, Most Horrible and the Most Amusing for both individual and group.


The event promises to be a great Halloween treat for the whole family. For those looking for something extreme during the Halloween, come down and have a great time with Iloilo’s oldest Halloween festival, the ultimate Halloween experience, here in Pavia.


To get to Pavia, one can take a jeepney at Jaro Plaza, Iloilo City. For more information, please contact Mrs. Susan P. Jovero-Municipal Tourism Officer at 09173006041.

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