|Meaning||Ash cross mark on the forehead of Catholics at the start of Lenten Season|
|Dance Culture||Lowland Christians|
|Place of Origin||Guinangan Quezon|
|Classification||Festival / Traditional|
|Background / Content|
Buling-Buling (soot or stain) is derived from the soot or ash marking of a cross on the forehead of worshippers applied by the parish priest after the Miercoles de Cenisa (Ash Wednesday) mass. In compliance with the Catholic church doctrine, the mark of the cross serves as a reminder for people to reflect on the message that “it is from ash whence they came and to ash shall they return”.