PERFORMING GENDER AND DEVOTION IN THE PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES

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Sir Anril Pineda Tiatco

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The Festival of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is celebrated on a Sunday after the octave of 8 September. Housed at the Peñafrancia Basilica Minore, the image of the Peñafrancia is considered the patroness of the entire Philippine region of Bicol. In the essay, the Peñafrancia is described as a theatricalised devotion where devotees are transformed into a frenzied ensemble that normalises masculinity as a privileged norm. However, digging deeper into the festival’s peculiarity, the normalisation of masculinity is only incidental because the gendering, in fact, idealises and celebrates a figure of a woman. The idealisation and celebration of the woman-figure is asserted to have a precolonial root. In the end, it is argued that the Peñafrancia is a manifestation of a cultural community in which the pre-colonial lifeways of its members are recuperated through expressive bodily movements. At the same time, the legacy of Hispanic Catholicism is decolonised through rearticulating an indigenous past.


 


Keywords: cultural performance, Philippine Catholicism, panata, pre-colonial lifeways, surrogation, figuration

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TIATCO, Sir Anril Pineda. PERFORMING GENDER AND DEVOTION IN THE PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES. JATI - JOURNAL OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES, [S.l.], v. 25, n. 2, p. 130-152, dec. 2020. ISSN 2600-8653. Available at: <https://jati.um.edu.my/article/view/25307>. Date accessed: 21 apr. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.22452/jati.vol25no2.7.
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