Baybayanting is a unique cultural presentation of Lupaoenios presented every 25th of July in honor of their patron – Saint James or Señor Santiago.

This peculiar cultural tradition is presented every year by selected members of Iglesia Filipina Independiente, a Christian sect founded by a Filipino priest. Baybayanting is a choreograph fighting which is usually performed by 9 pairs of fighting Filipino warriors and Spanish conquistadores.

Performers are using real bolo and a unique type of elongated shield. One can actually see sparks of these bladed weapons as they strike each other making spectators get up to their feet while screaming.

One of the highlights of this presentation is the interference once in a while amidst fighting warriors of a woman carrying his little baby begging for them to stop fighting.

Opposing fighters are determined by the color of their costumes. Spanish warriors wear headdress while Filipino warriors wear Filipino traditional hat made of anahaw leaves.

The town of Lupao is located in the northern part of the province of Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon. This small and thriving municipality is situated on the foot of the Caraballo Mountains. It is bounded by Umingan, Pangasinan on the north, by San Jose City on the south, by the mountainous town of Carranglan in the east and by the Science City of Muñoz and Talugtog town in the west

(All photos courtesy of Dra. Blaise Sheryl A. Soriano)

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