Sagada residents pushed through with panag-apoy last November 1 despite the rain due to Typhoon Ramil. Panag-apoy (“to produce fire”) is a tradition of Sagada villagers to remember the departed.
Before November 1, villagers clean up the tombs in cemeteries to prepare for panag-apoy. On November 1, Anglican priests go to every barangay in town to bless the saeng (thin pieces of pine wood) to be used for panag-apoy and to bless the graves. Usually at 5 pm, each resident kindles fire on tombs using the saeng. According to a resident from Barangay Taccong, they used to spend the whole night on the cemeteries during panag-apoy in the past.
Panag-apoy has always been a traditional practice in Sagada, but it has been mixed with Western religious influence when Anglican missionaries built churches in the villages.
Some of the barangays are no longer religiously practicing the tradition due to other religious influences and change of beliefs. Migration of original village dwellers also affected the changes in their customs.