Feasts and festivals are famous tourist attractions in the provinces of the Philippines. But in my 30 years of existence in this universe, in this planet, in this country, I have never been to one! I may attribute it to my religious upbringing, but Ariel let me experience a fun feast in the province of Rizal.
20 bloggers, two vans, and gazillion laughter headed to the province of Angono, Rizal in a short 45-minute drive last Sunday . I don’t normally go out on a Sunday, but Ariel promised a gigantic surprise to all us.
I thought, is there anything that would be bigger (or taller) than I am? Well.. I got my answer.. TENEN! Higantes Festival!
** Okay, please pop those love bubbles, Ariel is not a person/guy/prince charming but the super power detergent – Ariel that we knew since 1999. 🙂
Higantes Festival is a feast celebrated in Rizal every 23rd of November where locals parade large caricatures made of paper mache. History tells us that the festival originated in the Spanish era when Spanish priests prohibited celebrations and Filipinos thought of creating large caricatures of their landlords that serve to ridicule them (very much like when there are mass rallies when people create effigies). Who would have thought this old tradition would mean a great big fair decades after?
these immaculate white cloths would be covered with food stain.
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PS. What do you think of my paparazzi approach in covering the event? 🙂