2016, April 27. Fiestas in the Philippines
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Fiestas in the Philippines
SINULOG FESTIVAL. Sinulog
is a dance ritual in honor of the miraculous image of the Santo
Nino. The dance moves to the sound of the drums and this resembles
the current (Sinulog) of what was then known as Cebu's Pahina River.
Thus, in Cebuano, they say it's Sinulog.
Historical accounts say that before Portuguese navigator
Ferdinand Magellan came to Cebu on April 7, 1521 to plant the cross
on its shore and claim the country for the King of Spain, Sinulog
was already danced by the natives in honor of their wooden idols and
anitos. Then Magellan came
and introduced Christianity. He gave the Santo Nino (image of the
Child Jesus) as baptismal gift to Hara Amihan, wife of Cebu's Rajah
Humabon who was later named Queen Juana. At that time, not only the
rulers were baptized but also about 800 of their subjects.
Unfortunately, however, shortly after the conversion, Magellan went
into a reckless adventure by fighting the reigning ruler of Mactan,
Rajah Lapulapu, with only a handful of men. He died in the
encounter. That was on April 27, 1521.
PANAGBENGA FLOWER FESTIVAL.
Panagbenga is an annual flower festival celebrated every
February which takes place in Baguio City, Philippines. The term “Panagbenga”
comes from a Kankanaey term meaning “season of blooming”. This
festival reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio and
the Cordilleras. It lasts over a month long and flourishes through
community spirit involvement.
The Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Inc. (BFFFI) operates,
organizes and manages the Panagbenga Festival to boost the tourism
of Baguio and the rest of the Cordilleras through showcasing various
events, exhibitions and activities that promote the history,
traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras which is
sustained in an earth-friendly manner.
A colorful feast celebrated every 15th of May by the people
of Lucban, Quezon in honor of San Isidro Labrador. It is the
farmers' thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest with a grand display
of colorful rice wafers, fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts
adorning every house in the town.
The festival's name comes from the Filipino terms hiyas (jewel)
and pahiyas (precious offering). This feast is an ancient farmers'
harvest celebration that dates back to the 16th century. According
to legend, San Isidro Labrador magically plowed the field whenever
he went out of the church. The highlight of the festival is a
procession along the streets of the image of San Isidro Labrador, to
ensure the people's bountiful harvest in the coming seasons.
Also known as the Feast of San Clemente, is celebrated every
November 23 in the town of Angono, Rizal. This is a major festival
in honor of San Clemente, the patron saint of fishermen. His image
is carried by male devotees during a procession accompanied by "pahadores"
(devotees dressed in colorful local costumes or fishermen's clothes,
wearing wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles, fish nets, traps,
etc.) and "higantes" (paper-mâché giants measuring 10-12 feet in
height and 4-5 feet in diameter). This street event ends in a
procession to Laguna de Bay until the image is brought back to its