The people of Pakil in Laguna province celebrates the Turumba Festival every year during the months of April and May. The festival marks the seven sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is held seven times each year between the months of April and May. The first is held on the Friday before Palm Sunday and the last falls on Pentecost Sunday.
The Turumba dates back to 1640 when a fisherman found a statuette of Our Lady of Sorrows floating in Laguna Lake. According to local legend the fisherman brought the statute to Pakil and left it in his boat while he sold his catch in town. Meanwhile, a housewife saw the image and informed the parish priest. Soon a crowd started to gather around the outrigger boat. A farmer carried the statuette to the church and on his way the people following him started to sing and dance. This was the first Turumba procession. The word “Turumba” has no real Filipino or Spanish meaning Pakil residents said the word originated from the sound of the drumbeats during the procession.
Today, Pakil is known for the Turumba Festival. The image of the Virgin is borne on the shoulders of the devotees and brought to the seashore and back to the church in a festive grand procession. The Turumba is the longest celebrated festival in the Philippines covering seven months.
Long live Philippine festivals!