Higantes, Photo by OVP

Filipinos are fond of celebrating numerous festivals. A single of these major fiestas is situated in the City of Angono, Rizal which is so-known as Higantes Festival that is held annually on 22nd and 23rd day of November to express their gratitude for their patron saint, San Clemente.

Higantes Festival is deemed as a single of the one of a kind festivals in the Philippines. It is mentioned that this type of celebration is mainly completed as a kind of agrarian protest exactly where they designed papier-mache giants to mock the Spanish Hacienda’s owners. A study theorized that the higante was referred by the men and women of Angono as the ‘katiwala’ or caretaker of the hacienda named Karias with whom they created a vengeance. Additionally, a Frenchman told a story which he mesmerized and predicted that someday giants would arise and develop into popular. Figuratively with his words, the Angono became the hometown of the two most prominent national artist namely Carlos “Botong” Francisco in the field of visual arts and Professor Lucio D. San Pedro in the field of music. Withal, Sanguinsin speculated that papier-mache higantes only began when Artemio Tajan was asked by Carlos “Botong” Francisco to add an element of festivity and felicity to the celebration following Planet War II’s wreckage.

Currently, higantes represent the distinct barangay or the smallest unit society of Angono such as the duck-shaped higante of a particular barangay wherein they are identified for their a single and only fried duck and ‘balut’. Angono craftsmen also created higantes of the photos of national officials, Angono’s legends and myths and the vegetables coming from the folk song ‘Bahay Kubo’. Mr. Perdigon Vocalan created the festival far more exhilarating by signifies of representing the 13 barangays of Angono with two to 4 higantes that symbolizes their nature of character as nicely as the background of their barangay.

The head of higantes is created from paper mache molded in clay then dried below the heat of the sun even though its physique is created of bamboo or rattan and dressed by newspapers. As the modernization evolves, higantes created of paper mache are replaced by resin. Additionally, higantes are measured as 4 to 5 feet in diameter and ten to twelve in height.

Persons can love hundreds of either males and ladies higantes with distinct sizes and shapes that are getting shown at the festival. Traditionally, men and women sprinkle water on the parade or in every single other to spread and attract blessings. San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen, symbolizes the water which the men and women have shouted for. The highlight of the festival is the procession of the patron saint, San Clemente which is carried by a lot of male devotees and conveyed by “pahadores” or devotees dressed in colorful nearby costumes such as fisherman clothing with fishnets and traps with them. The parade goes on with an accompaniment of drum and lyre band which is playing music and shouting “Viva San Clemente.”

A lot of seminars and workshops have been funded by the government primarily by the Division of Tourism and Provincial Tourism Workplace to assistance the higantes generating. Afterward, thirty-nine numerous higantes will be noticed at the festival. Persons of Angonos are incessantly united to hold the Higantes Festival alive and glorious more than the years and for the subsequent generations.

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