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Date: Palm Sunday
The most colorful celebrations may be witnessed in Angono. The
parish priest, sacristan and disciples parade around the town
together with the townspeople and a brass band. As the procession
commences, people wave their palm fronds in the air and sing
religious songs. The men lay down their mats and the veils of
the ladies for the barefoot priest to walk on as they visit and
bless four floral stations located in the four corners of the
town. The stations also serve as platforms for children to stand
on a as they shower abd bless the townsfolk with flower petals
and confetti while they beat the ryhthmic pattern of the tunes
which the brass band plays.
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Put on a Play
Kids love to dress-up in costumes or other articles of clothing that aren’t their own.
Instead of putting away the Halloween costumes each year, leave them out in a play chest
to be used year round. Whether you have lots of Halloween costumes or old clothes that you don’t wear
anymore instead of getting rid of them let your kids have them. You will be amazed and
pleasantly surprised at the imaginative play that will result from playing dress-up.
Encourage them to get dressed-up and to put on a play in their costumes. Invite the
neighborhood kids over to participate or just watch the show. Put on a Play
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Date: Holy Week
A re-enactment of the Passion of Christ which starts on the night
of Palm Sunday (Palaspas) up to the night of Easter Sunday (Salubong).
The Cenaculo, is conducted in the Plaza square on public theaters
constructed for purposes, with the participation of village thespians
with perpetual vows. They render their services for fee.
Date: Good Friday
Rituals in observance of the suffering, passion, and death of
Jesus Christ are observed with steadfast intensity throughout
the province, specially in Cainta, sometimes with the actual
enactments of the stations of the cross and mailing. From early
morning until noontime each Good Friday, members of non-sectarian
"cenaculo" companies, walk throughout the main streets
of Cainta, usually in the company of penitents.
Date: Holy Week
This is a Holy Week practice which includes religious singing
of the Passion of Christ. Salagat and other native dishes/delicacies
are served during the activity.
Date: Good Friday
It is a play executive every Good Friday by replaying the funeral
of Jesus Christ through a procession.
Date: Good Friday
A group of men, after feasting and overnight meditation, gather
around the church to wait for the flowerdecked carroza of the
Santo Sepulcre, a wooden statue of the dead Christ. They rush
forward to insert various objects in the folds of the robes,
under the feet, in the hollows of the hands. The image is then
loaded with handkerchiefs, bronze medals and pieces of paper
inscribed with Latin phrases. The float is encircled by the men
with linden hands. After the procession, these men retrieve the
objects from the image. Now it is the time for the "subok"-the
testing of the talismans by using whips, revolvers, knives and
machetes (bolo) throughout the afternoon and evening, or till
Saturday. Each one tests the effectivity of his talisman by requesting
another man to shoot , whip or stab him.
Date: Sabado de Gloria/Easter Sunday
Black Saturday is highlighted by a 3-hour presentation at the
patio of the church wherein high-tech stage decorations and sound
system are used. Trained production staff assist in the presentation
of the "Vigilia ng Muling Pagkabuhay." Easter Sunday
Celebration is held in a place called Galilea where the reunion
of the Risen Christ with the Virgin Mary is re-enacted. It is
facilitated by the removal from Mary's head of the mourning veil
by a young girl inside an inverted giant paper flower suspended
from bamboo trellis. The petals are mechanically opened by giant
toy birds toy birds to reveal the girl inside. It is then followed
by a religious dancing of young ladies called Kapitana and Tenyenta,
to the tune of "Bati"
This evening parade is usually graced by the town's crop of beauties
portraying the Marian Litany of Titles and assorted biblical
characters, dressed in the fairytale clothes and escorted by
good-looking bachelors. Under flower-decked arches held by aides,
they walk down the towns thoroughfares like kings and queens
Flores de Mayo Festival
The Flores de Mayo or Flowers of May is an offering to the blessed
Virgin Mary. On the first day of May, a procession is held where
little girls are dressed immaculate white finery and carry flowers
(mainly sampaguita) as an offering to the Image of the Blessed
Virgin Mary. A mass is held everyday and devotees offer flowers
up to the end of the month.
The traditional celebration of the month of flowers in May is
celebrated by processions of little girls, offering flowers-locally
called the "Paalay". Another activity held is the "Salapang"
a practice among townsfolk wherein local officials and their
wives offer foods to the people who joined the procession.
Tayo na Antipolo Festival
A month-long celebration to honor the Our Lady of Peace and Good
Voyage. Devotees are seen taking the much-trodden pat leading
to Antipolo. The image, which is already three centuries old,
is said to exhibit supernatural powers. On the evenings of April
30, thousands of pilgrims from several places in Metro Manila
and the nearby towns begin an annual trek on foot.
San Isidro/Carabao Festival
Date: May 15
Farmers pay tribute to the carabao during the feast day of San
Isidro Labrador, their patron saint. On this day, before all
the festivities begin, the carabaos are shaved, leaving aesthetic
patterns on their back. They are bathed and scrubbed till they
glow, theirs toes manicured, their tail combed, plaited and beribboned,
and they are crown
With colorful flowers and buntings. A mass is held followed by
a procession that ends at the town square where prizes are awarded
to the strongest, healthiest, longest- horned, most beautiful
and best-trained carabaos. The climax of the day's activities
occur when the carabaos race each other across the ricefields.
Date: November 22 and 23
This is also a thanksgiving festival in honor of San Clemente,
the patron saint of the fishermen. On the actual feast day, the
image of San Clemente is carried on a barge on the lake with
a fluvial procession participated in by most of the residents
of the town. Little children of every barangay called "parehadoras"
are dressed in colorful costumes bearing boat paddles and bakya.
Then the townfolk and the "higantes" (giants) accompany
the image back to the church through a joyful parade with a brass
band and "parehadoras."
Date: Good Friday
On Good Friday, Christ symbolically dies at three o'clock in
the afternoon. His carved image is interred in a niche-like carroza
or float covered with glass. Hundreds of male devotees scramble
for the chance to bear the image and bear towards the church
where it is laid to its final resting place.
San Clemente Festival
Date: November 23
One of the major festivals celebrated by the townfolks of Angono.
San Clemente is the patron saint of fishermen, highly revered
by the people of Angono, most of whom are fisherfolk. On the
actual feast day, the image of San Clemente is carried on a barge
in Laguna Lake, in a fluvial procession joined in by most of
the residents of the town. The fishermen and their families are
dressed in their fishermen's clothes bearing occupational gear-
boat paddles, fish nets, traps, etc. and accompany the image
back to the church. Little children called "parehadoras"
are dressed in colorful costumes and put up a mardi gras-like
procession in salutation to the image of San Clemente.
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