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    Posted May 2, 2014 by
    ifugao, Philippines
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    Banaue, Ifugao's Imbayah Festival


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     The Imbayah Festival is the grandest cultural celebration in Banaue, Philippines, says Rolan Garcia, who captured these photos April 28 - 30. Translating the festival's name, "bayah" means rice wine and "imbayah" signifies nobility or abundance — it's a celebration of an overabundant harvest and only happens every three years. It was Garcia’s first time at the festival. He says he always “dreamed” of visiting this place, as he used to admire “Banaue’s rice terraces in postcards, travel books/magazines and even elementary science textbooks” as a child. “I just fell in love with the place, people and their unique culture.”

    Garcia was also featured on CNN iReport’s Instagram account this week with one of his images from the festival.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Imbayah Festival is Banaue’s grandest cultural celebration which only happens every 3 years.The Imbayah comes from the word “bayah”, meaning rice wine. “Bumayah” or “ Imbayah” connotes nobility or abundance – an occasion were it is said that wine overflows from heirloom jars and the feast set for mortals and gods.

    One of the highlights of Imbayah Festival is the demonstration of Ehtnic Games, which dated back in the forefathers of Ifugao people. For example, two male Ifugaos wearing their traditional G-strings are gripping each other legs which is populary known as "Balintugan." The goal is to pin the other's leg onto the surface, with the winner's leg over the loser's leg.
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