Ifugao’s Punnuk Celebration

Ifugao’s Punnuk Celebration

Ifugao Punnuk

Every year in the Cordillera mountains of Luzon a ritual is held to celebrate the end of the rice harvest season. Over a two day period, three barangays gather to give thanks and blessings of post harvest with the celebration culminating in a “punnuk” (tug-of-war) which is held in a river flowing through the heritage rice terraces. Throughout the two day period all processes are performed by a “ritual specialist,” a person ordained specifically to administer the various blessings required.

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Jacob Maentz

Documentary photographer and founder of Project Katutubong Pilipino.