Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart

by - November 03, 2011

Paoay Ilocos Norte on the evening of November 1st. :) After visiting the cemetery last Tuesday, it was an instant decision to try out Paoay's Tumba-Tumba celebration and what made it more exciting is that it would be a first time for all of us. They said they'd be serving free food in every district which absolutely excited the inner most tummies of ours. Haha! Together with my cousins, sister and boyfriends, I have taken into heart that visiting Paoay on the night of All Souls' Day is a must!


Here's a bit of history from IlocandiaTreasures.com:
"Tumba is a Halloween cultural tradition of the town of Paoay. It was celebrated for more that 20 years now which started just as a simple showcase of celebration of Halloween in the community.Tumba refers to a catafalque. It is a platform that is used to support a coffin or casket during the wake of a deceased person. It also refers to a tomb or an altar. It is the practice of the Ilocanos to place in an altar the religious icons, especially the crucifix, patron Saint Augustine and other images. They also include to display the framed sepia portraits of their departed loved ones with candles, flowers and umras. Umras is a group of food that is being offered to the spirits. There were incantations and prayers conducted by the people of each village. Dung-aw or crying with monolugue was also performed by some ladies."
We enjoyed a LOT in Paoay. Too bad I wasn't able to take photos of what was prepared in the famous ruins beside the church. The waiting line was sooooooo long we decided not to enter anymore. Well, there's always next year!

Indulge! <3

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the mighty St. Augustine Church popularly known as Paoay Church
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the lightingss give a "concert" feel says Eric. :)
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never ever resist street food in ilocos norte. :)
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nobody noticed this beautiful gate on the side of the church. I just had to let Eric have my photo taken!
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