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Published on Apr 15, 2012
The Street Dance Performance of Dayang Dayang Festival, Pasay.
The city of Pasay once flourished as a thriving vassal "balanghai" of the Kingdomof Namayan before the Spanish colonization of the Philippine Islands. Its coastal location made it ideal for fishing to thrive. Even up to the 1950s, a coterie fo beach resorts dotted the coast. Further inland, the rea was known for the "pasaw" -- a wild shrub with medicinal properties. In the days of Namayan, the kingdom was ruled by a benevolent rajah who had a beautiful daughter named Dayang-Dayang Pasay, who was loved by the people because of her own healing prowess using the pasaw. When the Franciscan missionaries arrived bearing the image of St Clare of Assissi, they sought the help of Dayang Dayang, who readily took a fancy to the new religion. This angered the babaylans or shamans, who would lose the faith f the people. When a cholera epidemic broke out, neither the babaylans nor Dayang-Dayang's pasaw herbs could cure the sick. The princess invoked the assistance of St Clare to save the lives of the people. Sunce then, Pasay has had a strong devotion to the saint.