Ate a local near the church
After our climb in
we were invited by ma’am Weng at their family house in Nueva Ecija for us to
witness the Taong Putik festival in Aliaga, Nueva Ecija. Are you familiar the movie
Sukob a horror movie by Kris Aquino? the taong putik was part of that movie. Mt. Arayat
We noticed Ate, a local near the church, was holding dried banana leaves and we asked her where to find the other taong putik. She invited us if want to witness how they mud themselves we just followed her until we reached the rice fields.
In the rice fields where they put mud in their body
Before the mass the taong putiks will go around the village and ask for alms, and the house owners are willing to give that can be offer like candles in the belief that they will be rewarded with many blessings.
On the feast day, local folks gather themselves and do the ritual called “Pagsa-San Juan,” which means remembering the significant role played by
Saint John in baptizing Jesus Christ. But later, this became known as “Taong Putik Festival.” they celebrate the festival every June 24. source: tripmagazine