Higantes Festival 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
Making of the Higantes
In olden days, the heads of the higantes were made of paper-mache. A model of the head was carved out of clay. Once the clay mold was dry, strips of newspapers would be glued together, one strip on top of the other. Once the right thickness was achieved, the paper-mache would be cut open to separate it from the mold and the hollow head was glued back together, ready to be painted with the details of the face.
Bamboo strips were used as the skeleton frame for the body. It would then be covered with yards of cloth resembling their characters. The head was attached to the body and a person could go inside and carry the higante around. wikipilipinas
When I saw the post of Sir Ivan Batang Lakwatsero on facebook regarding Higantes Festival I got interested and I messaged him and then he invited without hesitation I said yes. That weekend I don’t have any scheduled climb so that’s one factor for me to join. About the itinerary created by Sir Ivan first we will visit the Higantes Festival Parade and then we will climb Mt. Sembrano. It was great timing for me because the last time I climbed Mt. Sembrano with the BP the weather wasn’t that good, it was raining and very foggy, me and Sir Freddie planned to revisit but unfortunately the weather didn’t go along the plan so we didn’t pursue it because, we knew there’s no rewarding view to see anyway.
The day of the event we met at Shaw Boulevard Chowking Starmall. We rode a jeep going to Rizal. During our trip the jeepney was so fast because there was no traffic it was like car racer hitting for the win better fasten your seat-belt guys. HAHAHA! I think we took only 30-40 minutes from EDSA crossing to intersection of Angono, Rizal. We found a restaurant and had our breakfast and for us also to wait for the Higantes Festival Parade to start. I ate only a light meal my favorite special lugaw with egg toppings HAHAHA! Nagtitipid lang.
7:30 AM when the participants assembled and ready to start the parade. My eyes don’t where to look because I don’t know what I will capture first, all was very colorful and it was my first time to attend the famous festival in the part of southern Tagalog. The time we’re there I think it was only the start of the festival it wasn’t the really the main event it was like they celebrated it in advance because it was weekend because the main date of the festival was on the 23rd of November every year. We didn’t experience the basaan portion HAHAHA! Handa pa naman ako. 9:00 AM when we left Angono, Rizal and ready to conquer Mt. Sembrano.