Thursday, October 10, 2013

8 traditional events in Philippines that you can not miss out!

If you wanna go to many events and festivals during the whole year, Philippines is the right place. The Taptripper Christian Comia attended to one organized by your friends called "The Champion" which symbolizes the fight between Jesus ans Satan. 

According to him, it's very common to have catholic events in there, but many other festivals are held too. Here you can check 8 great ones you cannot miss when you go there:

1) Dinagyang: spectacle held in January and characterized by a frenetic stomping of feet and hypnotic drumbeating. It is a colorful whirl of thousands of people dressed in unique costumes dancing and chanting all day and night.

2) Feast of Our Lady of Candles: the biggest and most opulent religiuos pageanty in Western Visayas, it's celebrated in February. The blessing of candles and the yearly procession of the patroness, the Nuestra Senora de Candelaria is followed by the fiesta queen and her court which highlights the celebration.

3) Moriones Festival: One of the most famous of Philippine festivals, held in April. Colorfully garbed and masked as Roman soldiers and centurions, locals reenact the life of Longinus culminating in his beheading. The entire towns of Boac, Morpog and Gasan are virtually converted into huge stages as the story as Longinus unfolds.

4) Santacruzan: The Santacruzan is a procession held in May commemmorating St. Helena's finding the "True Cross"; preceded bya nine-day Novena in honor of the Holy Cross. On the ninth day, usually on a weekend, the Santacruzan is held. The Reina Elena, accompanied by a little boy representing King Constantine, and the other sagalas representing biblical characters and the attributes of the Blessed Virgin, walk under gaily decorated arches.

5) Bocaue River Festival: A famous river festival held in July in honor of the miraculous Cross of Bocaue (Krus ng Wawa). During the fluvial procession, devotees ride in the "pagoda" and douse each other with water.

6) Kadayawan sa Dabaw: A celebration of the bountiful harvests of fruits and orchids during the season in September. Activities include fruit and flower show, trade fair, tribal/civic/military parade, traditional sports activities, horsefight, Search for B'yaneng Kadayawan and street dancing.

7) United Nations Day: The Philippines is one of the signatories of the 1945 United Nation charter. The Philippines is one of the only four Asian nations who joined the charter. In October, just as the other events, everyone uses special costumes.

8) Feast of San Clemente/Higantes Festival: Angono's joyous fiesta in honor of San Clemente whose image, resplendent in papal vestment, is borne by male devotees during a procession accompanied by "pahadores (devotees dressed in colorful local costumes, wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles) and higantes" (giant paper mache effigies). In November, the street event culminates in a fluvial procession in Laguna de Bay amidst revelry that continues until the image is brought back to its sanctuary.

If you have attended any of them or some other event, please share your experience in the comments and your pictures in Taptrip!


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