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Obando Fertility Rites
From: 2013.05.17 To: 2013.05.19
A seriously sexy affair, the Obando Fertility Rites take place over the saint's days of St Claire, St Paschal and Our Lady of Salambao each May and involve childless locals grinding their hips through the town on the way to mass. This dancing, along with the carrying of images of the saints, is done in a bid to bring to life the mysterious forces of reproduction. Most probably, it pre-dates the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.The visual spectacle is extremely moving, with the dancing of both traditionally dressed men and women accompanied by musical instruments made out of bamboo a deep, sensual and erotic affair.