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Old November 4th, 2008, 03:43 PM   #521
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Higantes Festival to Kick Off on Nov.23 to Showcase Typical Filipino Marionettes



Higantes Festival, a colorful and fun celebration in honor of San Clemente in Angono Rizal, the Philippines, will kick off on Nov. 23 as usual, Ms. ******* (M aricon) Basco-Ebron, tourism director and attach? at the Embassy of the Philippines said on Nov. 7.

¡°The Festival now showcases that the people of Angono can excel in their own chosen fields, to be proud as a Filipino and as a community,¡± Ms Ebron said.

Higantes are made of paper mache, with varnish or sometimes polyresin. For the body of the Higante they often use bamboo and rattan, but now, some use aluminum because it¡¯s lighter and easier to bend.

Artists are very creative and they have a wide variety of materials to use to improve their artwork. It weighs around 10 kilos and is carried by one person underneath the Higante. One can make a Higante in around 2-3 weeks time.

The Higantes Festival are participated by some of the native artists of Angono such as Bukalan, Nene Miranda and the Tahan family to name a few.

¡°Angono is known as the Art capital of the Philippines. Why? Because everybody in Angono can paint. Famous artists came from this noble town like Botong Francisco (visual art), Lucious San Pedro (Music), The Blanco Family (where all the family members are artists from the grandchild to the grand parents), Nene Miranda, and Orvil Tiamson to name a few,¡± she explained.

Food is a must try in Angono, from their famous Fried Itik (Duck) to a sumptuous meal in an exotic restaurant where you can try adobong bayawak (large lizard) or adobong ahas (snake).

Angono also has a cave called Petro Glipse. It was discovered by Mr. Botong Francisco where he was able to find stone age inscriptions inside the cave. This is now protected under the National Historic heritage and is open for public viewing.

More than a century ago, Angono was a Spanish hacienda where the townspeople were prohibited to hold pagan celebrations and where only one festivity was allowed - the town fiesta in honor of its patron saint San Clemente.

Because of this prohibition, Angono folk naturally made the most of this one festival. They prepared lots of food, wore colorful costumes, held a big procession featuring big papier-mache caricatures of their Spanish landlords. These multi-colored, humongous, comical and sometimes scary 12-footers were called Higantes.

Today, the Higantes Festival is now only a part of a two-week long celebration of the Angono Town Fiesta.

The activities revolved around the church and its townspeople, beginning with the Misa Cantada, a special sung mass; a novena and a procession.

Daily activities such as the Higanteng tiangge (flea market) are held at the Municipal Park Plaza. There are singing and dance contests, fried Itik (Angono¡¯s prized delicacy) festival and cooking competition, a 5k fun run, on-the-spot painting contest, an art exhibit, a job fair, a bingo and videoke challenge, government employees¡¯ parade, and of course, the highlights of the festivities, the Race of the Higantes and the Procession of the Pagoda.
The Prusisyon of the Pagoda is the culmination of the festival where practically everyone is out on the street, either as a participant or a spectator.

After the early 6 a.m. mass, representatives of Angono¡¯s 13 barangays converged on the church grounds, fixing their costumes and performing a last run on their choreography, parade steps or musical repertoire.

Finally, at the tail end of the line are the Higantes ? tall, big and proud. Suddenly, the streets feel so much smaller as these gargantuan figures dominate the scene. We may have already seen them in action the day before, but still, we couldn¡¯t help but stare in awe and gawk in submission at their presence. "Ah, they are our allies and protectors," we positively assured ourselves.

Over the years, the method for creating the Higantes has seen some changes. On the eve of the Higantes Parade, we wandered around Angono trying to find a famous restaurant that they say serves the best fried itik. Instead, we found Higantes lined up by the sidewalk still undergoing prep work for the big day.

Our curiosity took us inside the shop where they are made and saw parts of the "behemoths" waiting to be assembled. The lady in charge was kind enough to give us a run down on how they are made.

The old technique, she said, of doing the head is by papier mache. A mold of the head is carved out of clay and once the clay mold is dry, strips of paper are glued, one on top of the other until the right thickness is achieved. The papier mache is then dried and cut open to separate it from the mold. The hollow head is glued back together again and painted with the details of the face.

The body is just a skeleton frame made of yantok or bamboo strips. This is done to really make it very light for one person to carry. Once the shape is formed, it is dressed up in yards and yards of fabric resembling their characters. The finished head is then attached to the body and a person can go inside and carry the Higante around.

In the new method, which this shop employs, the same technique is applied but different materials are used. For the face mold, plaster of Paris is used instead of clay. Fiberglass is applied to the mold instead of paper and thin strips of aluminum are used for the body frame. These materials are better as they are more durable and withstand the elements quite well. We found out that different shops make Higantes in different ways.

As thousands joined the procession, thousands more lined up the streets to watch and ? ready for this ?splash water on unsuspecting participants and onlookers. They had water bottles, squirt guns, and even drinking glasses, spraying water on everyone passing by. I¡¯d say: A little ¡®San Juan¡¯ adds fun! The revelry and camaraderie of the people are unbelievable.

After winding through Angono¡¯s roads, the street procession ended by Laguna Lake where the image of San Clemente, patron of the Fishermen, was loaded on a boat for the fluvial procession down the river and back to the church.



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Ibalong Festival Street Presentation 2008, Legazpi City

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A long, long time ago, there was a rich land called Ibalong. The hero Baltog, who came from Botavora of the brave clan of Lipod, came to this land when many monsters were still roaming in its very dark forests. He decideed to stay and was the first to cultivate its field and to plant them with gabi.

Then one night, a monstrous, wild boar known as Tandayag saw these field and destroyed the crops. Upon knowing this, Baltog decided to look for this boar with all his courage and patience. At last, as soon as he saw it, he fearlessly wrestled with it, with all his might. Baltog was unafraied. He was strong and brave. Though the Tandayag had very long fangs, he was able to pin down the monstrous, wild boar and break apart its very big jawbones. With this, Tandayag fell and died.

After this fight, Baltog went to his house in Tondol, carrying the Tandayag’s broken jawbones. Then, he hung it on a talisay tree in front of his house. Upon learning of the victory of their Chief Baltog, the people prepared a feast and celebrated. The very big jawbones of the dead boar became an attraction for everyone. Thus, came the tribes of Panikwason and Asog to marvel at it.

The second hero who came to the land of Ibalong was Handyong. Together with his men, he had to fight thousands of battles, and face many dangers to defeat the monsters. As warriors, they first fought the one-eyed monster with three necks in the land of Ponong. For ten months, they fought without rest. And they never stopped fighting until all these monsters were killed.

Handyong and his men made their next attack against the giant flying sharks called Triburon which had hardy flesh and sawlike teeth that could crush rocks. They continued fighting until the defeat of the last Triburon.

They tamed the wild carabaos. They even drove away the giant and very fierce Sarimao which had very sharp fingernails. And using their spears and arrows, they killed all the crocodiles which were as big as boats. With all these killings, the rivers and swamps of Ibalong turned red with blood. It was at this time that the savage monkeys became frightened and hid themselves.

Among the enemies of Handyong and his men, the serpent Oryol was the hardest to kill. Having a beautiful voice, Oryol could change its image to deceive its enemies. To capture it, Handyong tried different ways. But Oryol escaped every one of it and disappeared.

So, alone and unafraid, Handyong decided to look for Oryol in the heart of the forest. He followed the beautiful voice and was almost enchanted by it in his pursiut. Days and nights passed until Oryol came to admire Handyong’s bravery and gallantry. Then, the serpent helped the hero to conquer the monsters, thus restoring peace to the entire Ibalong.

In one of the areas of Ibalong called Ligmanan, Handyong built a town. Under his leadership and his laws, slaves and masters were treated equally. The people planted rice and because of their high regard of him, they named this rice after him. He built the first boat to ride the waves of Ibalong’s seas. Through his good example, his people became inspired and came up with their own inventions. There was Kimantong who made the plow, harrow, and other farming tools; Hablom who invented the first loom for weaving abaca clothes; Dinahong, an Agta, who created the stove, cooking pot, earthen jar, and other kitchen utensils; and Sural who brilliantly thought of the syllabary and started to write on a marble rock. This was a golden period in Ibalong.

Then suddenly, there came a big flood caused by Unos, with terrifying earthquakes. The volcanoes of Hantik, Kulasi and Isarog erupted. Rivers changed their direction and the sea waves rolled high. Destruction was everywhere. Soon, the earth parted, mountains sank, a lake was formed, and many towns in Ibalong were ruined.

Then, appeared the giant Rabot, half-man and half-beast, with awesome and terrifying powers.

People were asking who will fight against Rabot. So, Bantong, the third hero was called. He was a good friend of Handyong. He was ordered to kill the new monster in Ibalong. To do this, he took with him a thousand warriors to attack Rabot’s den. But using his wisdom against Rabot, he did not attack the giant right away. He first observed Rabot’s ways. Looking around the giant’s den, he discovered that there were many rocks surrounding it, and these were the people who were turned into rocks by Rabot.

Bantong also learned that Rabot loved to sleep during the day and stayed awake at night. So, he waited. When Rabot was already sleeping very soundly, Bantong came hear him. He cut the giant into two with his very sharp bolo and without any struggle, Rabot died, So, Ibalong was at peace once more.
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Iwag Festival 2008 Welcomes Christmas

Iwag means light in English. And true to its name, the 2008 edition of the Iwag Festival in Pototan, Iloilo welcomed the Christmas season with a grand display of lights and fireworks when it opened amidst great anticipation earlier tonight.

Let us all welcome the Christmas season as we enjoy the photos. Better still, witness the festival of lights personally with your loved ones. It would be a great bonding moment for you, your friends and your family.

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The municipality of Pototan bids everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Spectators gaze at the giant Christmas tree up close.


The dancing fountain with the gazebo on the background.

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PARADE WILL BE GRANDEST EVER, SAY ORGANIZERS

SINULOG organizers promised to put up the most spectacular and biggest grand parade next month to help boost tourism in Cebu amid the global financial crisis.

With the use of state-of-the-art technology, nature-themed props and performances and a Polynesian-inspired grand finale, the Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI) will project Cebu as "the island in the Pacific."

SFI has prepared a P23-million budget for all the Sinulog 2009 activities, including the Sinulog sa Kabataan, the opening parade on Jan. 9 and the grand parade on Jan. 18.

The amount includes the P8 million that the City Government will give the winning contingents, while the remaining P15 million will be raised through sponsorships.

SFI Executive Director Ricky Ballesteros said they will outdo the Las Vegas-themed presentations last January with the use of the different elements of nature in the props and costumes.

They will also put together a grand parade with up to 50 dancing contingents, and more out-of-town participants compared to the last grand parade.

"It will be the biggest and the grandest parade with a lot of surprises for the audience. You can expect more of nature, and to see the best in sound and lighting
technology. We will raise the standards of the Sinulog," Ballesteros told Sun.Star Cebu.


Since Cebu boasts of white sand beaches, rich marine life and natural parks, these will take center stage in the grand finale that will feature up to 250 performers.

The finale will be inspired by the beauty and natural wonders of Polynesian islands, and the stage will have a 100-meter waterfall and a life-sized canoe on the river.

"From the Las Vegas show last January, we will show a Polynesian-inspired grand finale. We would like to show that Sinulog is universal, that you can dance and participate regardless of race and religion. It's our way of welcoming everyone to Cebu," said Ballesteros.

"The props will also project Cebu as a tropical island in the Pacific and our standby videos will show the white sand beaches so when television viewers see the Sinulog, it would make them want to come to Cebu," he said.

At the Cebu City Sports Center yesterday, around 200 dancers from the different universities and dance troupes started rehearsing for the grand finale, which will feature Ms. Earth 2009 Karla Paula Henry, a Cebuano.

Some 13 municipalities and cities outside Cebu have already registered or expressed their interest to join the grand parade.

Among the out-of-town contingents that will be joining for the first time are the ones from Borongan in Samar, Dulag in Leyte, Tacloban City, Abuyog in Leyte, Marikina City and Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte.


Instead of holding the opening ceremony at the sports center, Sinulog 2009 will open with a mass at the Basilica del Sto. Niño and a parade from the pilgrim center to the Fuente Osmeña circle, where some 700 dancers will perform. LCR
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IMO Dance is already universal. It is something that crosses race and religion. They already had a Las Vegas-inspired grand finale. What's next? Chinese-inspired grand finale? I hope they just make it Filipino-inspired. And there's always a way to make them feel more welcome.

But I wish all the best for Sinulog. I still consider it as the grandest festival in the Philippines.
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IMO Dance is already universal. It is something that crosses race and religion. They already had a Las Vegas-inspired grand finale. What's next? Chinese-inspired grand finale? I hope they just make it Filipino-inspired. And there's always a way to make them feel more welcome.

But I wish all the best for Sinulog. I still consider it as the grandest festival in the Philippines.
well this year, they are up to the polynesian-inspired theme with nature as its focal point. we will see much of this year's festivities to go green...
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IMO Dance is already universal. It is something that crosses race and religion. They already had a Las Vegas-inspired grand finale. What's next? Chinese-inspired grand finale? I hope they just make it Filipino-inspired. And there's always a way to make them feel more welcome.

But I wish all the best for Sinulog. I still consider it as the grandest festival in the Philippines.
Agreed. Why not stick to Filipino-ness? Each of our regions has its own distinct flavor, why not explore those flavors? Nevertheless, Sinulog, I believe is one of the best festivals in the country. Pang world-class.
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Iwag Festival 2008 Welcomes Christmas

Iwag means light in English. And true to its name, the 2008 edition of the Iwag Festival in Pototan, Iloilo welcomed the Christmas season with a grand display of lights and fireworks when it opened amidst great anticipation earlier tonight.

Let us all welcome the Christmas season as we enjoy the photos. Better still, witness the festival of lights personally with your loved ones. It would be a great bonding moment for you, your friends and your family.

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The municipality of Pototan bids everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Spectators gaze at the giant Christmas tree up close.


The dancing fountain with the gazebo on the background.

More photos here.
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The Big Fiestas of January are back!

Something to look and be at this January 2009.

The Celebrations doesn't stop at New Year as the Visayas prepares itself for several of the biggest annual fiestas in the country in honor for devotion to the Catholic Filipino's most well loved icon, the image of the Holy Child or known as the Santo Nino.



After screaming "Happy New Year" this New Year's Eve, the revelry and chant of "Hala Bira" and "Pit Senyor!" keeps the momentum of fun across the islands.

The Highlights of the Festival are as follows:
January 17-18 | Ati-Atihan of Kalibo Aklan and Sinulog of Cebu
January 24-25 | Dinagyang of Iloilo
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What's the difference between Ati-Atihan and Dinagyang? Sorry I forgot. Thanks!
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Actually, Dinagyang was once called Iloilo Ati-Atihan which was patterned to Kalibo's Ati-Atihan. Over four decades ago, when the Agustinian priests from Basilica del Santo Nino in Cebu gave a replica of the image of Santo Nino de Cebu to the Agustinians of Iloilo (San Jose de Placer Church), the Ilonggos celebrated the arrival by putting up soots and dance like an Ati (Ita, Aeta of Luzon), they even imported Kalibo Ati-Atihan dancers during its early days.

Through time, it has evolved gradually from the shadows of Kalibo's Ati-Atihan (acknowledged as the mother of Philippine street dancing mardi-gras festival by almost all regions) and in the 1970's it changed its name from "Iloilo Ati-Atihan" to "Dinagyang" which means "merry making" in Hiligaynon.

Here's a tip to distinguish Ati-Atihan from Dinagyang:
  • The former have heavier head dresses and more elaborate costumes.
  • The dance step in Dinagyang is far highly-choreographed and needs fast pacing while Ati-Atihan is this simple drum beat and stomping your feet.
  • Ati-Atihan has this reputation of true mardi-gras as people participate in whole day revelry.
  • As part of Dinagyang is the non-Ati dance competition from different towns of Iloilo's festivals and several city institutions.
  • Both have skin sooted warriors, both for revelry.
  • Both for the honor of Santo Nino (in Dinagyang's case, the image of Santo Nino de Cebu).
  • Both stemmed from the olden traditions. Theoretically, one that unifies them is the mythological "Barter of Panay" in which the Ati chieftain Marikudo received the "Golden Salakot" and "necklace" from the Bornean Datus in exchange with the lowlands that the latter will settle.
Dinagyang acknowledges Kalibo's Ati-Atihan as its mother festival, but interestingly enough, in Aklan they are contesting what town did Ati-Atihan really started...most Aklanons agree that Kalibo is not the original but its in Ibajay town also in Aklan. Altavas, Kalibo and Ibajay celebrate Ati-Atihan.
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Something to look and be at this January 2009.

The Celebrations doesn't stop at New Year as the Visayas prepares itself for several of the biggest annual fiestas in the country in honor for devotion to the Catholic Filipino's most well loved icon, the image of the Holy Child or known as the Santo Nino.



After screaming "Happy New Year" this New Year's Eve, the revelry and chant of "Hala Bira" and "Pit Senyor!" keeps the momentum of fun across the islands.

The Highlights of the Festival are as follows:
January 17-18 | Ati-Atihan of Kalibo Aklan and Sinulog of Cebu
January 24-25 | Dinagyang of Iloilo
Palagi talaga akong naamaze na iba yung petsa ng fiesta dito sa Tacloban na knowing Sto. Nini din yung Heavenly Patron Saint ng Tacloban at Leyte.
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