Higantes, Photo by OVP

Filipinos are fond of celebrating several festivals. 1 of these massive fiestas is positioned 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 regarded as as 1 of the exceptional festivals in the Philippines. It is mentioned that this sort of celebration is mainly accomplished as a kind of agrarian protest exactly where they developed papier-mache giants to mock the Spanish Hacienda’s owners. A study theorized that the higante was referred by the folks of Angono as the ‘katiwala’ or caretaker of the hacienda named Karias with whom they created a vengeance. In addition, a Frenchman told a story which he mesmerized and predicted that someday giants would arise and grow to be renowned. 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 just after Planet War II’s wreckage.

Currently, higantes represent the various barangay or the smallest unit society of Angono such as the duck-shaped higante of a specific barangay wherein they are recognized for their 1 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 extra 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 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. Moreover, higantes are measured as 4 to 5 feet in diameter and ten to twelve in height.

Folks can appreciate hundreds of either guys and females higantes with various sizes and shapes that are getting shown at the festival. Traditionally, folks sprinkle water on the parade or in each and every other to spread and attract blessings. San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen, symbolizes the water which the folks have shouted for. The highlight of the festival is the procession of the patron saint, San Clemente which is carried by numerous male devotees and conveyed by “pahadores” or devotees dressed in colorful regional costumes such as fisherman garments 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 several higantes will be noticed at the festival. Folks of Angonos are incessantly united to retain the Higantes Festival alive and glorious more than the years and for the subsequent generations.

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