The name of the festival is formed from two Spanish words “pinta” (tattoo) and “flores” (flower). The festival is also a combined version of the Nabingkalan Tattoo Festival and the Dance of Flowers, both of which derive from the legend of Princess Nabingka, a daughter of a chieftain from Cebu who sailed with her entourage to San Carlos in the early 17th century.

After the princess settled on the island, separated from her family and alone in a strange place, became melancholy in her new home and so all tribesmen were ordered to plant flowers and trees to try and revive her spirits. But these did not take in the humid plains, and so instead it was decreed that all tribesmen and women must tattoo their bodies with flowers instead. After the princess regains her energy and health, an agreed festival will be held on November 5 to celebrate.

In addition, this is also a festival that shows the unique beauty of the city of San Carlos, a special thing for the city to stand out to foreign visitors, thereby opening up the future of tourism development as well as their lives as a part of a community a happy and proud one.

The highlight of the Pintaflores Festival is the street dance of people decorated with creative tattoos/paints and wearing a grand floral costume. The busting color of the parade as manifested with the paint and the flowers are indeed a sight to behold. Though the theme of the presentation is also a mixture of dark and light, or good or evil, the overall performance is beautiful and is worth the time to watch.

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