The tradition of PISTA SA NAYON dates back centuries to the rural areas and towns of the Philippines. During Pista sa Nayon (a Filipino phrase translated town festival) Filipinos would gather for a fiesta in the middle of town to celebrate a good harvest, and it would be a time for people to focus on their neighbors, family and friends, solidifying the sense of community and hard work.
Dancing has always been part of the Ifugao life, taking center stage during rituals, religious activities, and special occasions. The dancing lasts for nights, with the sound of gongs serving as a signal to the villagers. Men and women participate in the celebration.