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Feast of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay

The Feast at Parokya ng Pagkabuhay was celebrated with great fever within Barangay Bagbay, Barangay Sauyo and even some parts of Talipapa.

Camp Grezar Fiesta Arch, Bagbag-Novaliches

This marks the Easter day celebration within the community. The arch or ( arko) was made from indigenous materials and recycled items such as plastic bottles, plastic spoons and cans.

Quirino Highway with orange and yellow cloths which serves indicator of the feast

The highlight of the feast are the arches within Barangay Bagbag and the Salubong at the Parokya ng Pagkabuhay parish .

Franco street 

These arches were erected last week as part of the preparations of the Easter festivities. Barangay Bagbag is one of the oldest known Sitios or Barrios of Novaliches.  However the Feast of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay was only held in the mid -1970’s

 

Kingspoint Subdivision avenue arch located within Barangay Bagbag

Kingspoint Subdivision is located within Barangay Bagbag where the Parish of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay is under the Vicariate of San Bartolome .

The parish was formed in the early 1970’s as a small chapel and was made an independent parish in November 15, 1978.

 Kingspoint – Christ the King of the Universe parish started as a small chapel around 1980 with no permanent priest and the chapel was enlarged several times in the late 1980’s and in the mid-1990’s before the current one was finished to accommodate more people.

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Street Dancing Winners of Caracol 2017

Street Dancers from different elementary , high school and barangay levels capped this year’s Caracol festival 2017 which was held at the Circuit Mall within Makati City . This year’s marked the 31st year that the festival is celebrated .

Circuit Mall

There are 12 competing groups this year, three in the elementary category, three in high school, and six from the barangay clusters, three for each district.

Each dance group will have 30 to 40 members excluding musicians and props-men. Elementary schools which competed includes General Pio del Pilar -Main and Pembo Elementary . High School are from San Isidro High School , Makati and Bangkal High Schools.

The festival used to be held on the feast day of Saint Ildefonsus around late January but eventually moved to late February and the usual street dancing is held in the morning but the festivities moved to Circuit Mall few years ago. The participants paraded on Hippodromo street and culminated with dance competition held at the activity area of Circuit Mall.

This year’s board of judges includes Engineer Vizmina Osorio , Mrs. Sylvia Lichauco de Leon , Ms.  Ms. Misha Quimpo , Mr. Gener Caringal , Ms. Ellen Fullido and Ms. Gemma Cruz- Araneta ( serving as board )

Pembo Elementary School

Winners

The winners in each category received a trophy and cash prizes of Php 120,000 for the first prize, Php 100,000 second prize and Php 80,000 for third prize.

Cash Prizes was given to the winners of special awards : Best In Costume , Php 40,000 and Best in Choreography ,Php 40,000

Elementary Category : 3rd Place – Pio Del Pilar Elementary , 2nd Place – Makati Elementary School , 1st Place – Pembo Elementary School

High School Category : 3rd Place – Bangkal High School , 2nd Place- Makati High School , 1st Place- San Isidro High Sschool

Barangay Category : 3rd Place- Cluster 1 , 2nd Place -Cluster 2 , 1st Place- Cluster 4

 

Caracol Parade 2017 set on Circuit Mall

Caracol 2017 through its Museum and Cultural Affairs Office, will stage the 31st Caracol Festival on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Globe Circuit Events Grounds in Barangay Olympia, Makati City.

The grand street parade will be held this coming SUNDAY February 26 and a grand parade and street dancing will be held at around past 4:00pm and will start at the Circuit Mall ( formerly known as Santa Ana Racing Circuit ) .

Origins

The unique festival was conceptualized around 1986 and  was supposed to combine three of the Philippines’ major ethnic festivals, but eventually evolved into a unique cultural event in its own right.

The origin of the name was derived from the  Spanish word, caracol means “snail.” It’s hard to say whether the Caracol Festival was named because of its associations with nature, or because it cycles every year like the ridges on a snail’s shell.

Now , it is known to present the beauty of environment , mother nature and awareness.  There will over 5,000 participants at the annual festival from elementary, high school and youth category.

There will be 12 competing groups this year, three in the elementary category, three in high school, and six from the barangay clusters, three for each district. Each dance group will have 30 to 40 members excluding musicians and props-men.

Makati Mayor Abby Binay Message

Makati Mayor Abby Binay said everyone is invited to join the Caracol Festival, Makati’s version of Mardi Gras, which showcases the city’s advocacy for environmental protection and preservation.

“We are inviting residents, tourists and the general public to come and join us in one of the most colorful and exciting events in the city, dedicated to promoting a deeper sense of appreciation and caring for the gifts of Mother Nature, especially among the youth,” Binay said.

Advisory

MCAO officer in charge May Santillan said the festival will start at 4:00 p.m. with a parade of around 5,000 performers along A.P. Reyes Avenue going to the Globe Circuit Grounds. The assembly area will be at Hippodromo Street in Barangay Olympia, Makati City .

There are some streets that might be closed to vehicular traffic , once the parade had started .

Santillan also said the highlight of the festivity is a dance competition where participants are dressed up in colorful, nature-inspired costumes like flowers, insects, and rare animals.

The will be judged based on costume originality, beauty and creativity, and performance level of their dance. Special awards will be given for the best costume and best choreography.

Participation at the Buling-Buling Street Dance of Pandacan

Buling-Buling is a religious and cultural event celebrated annually in Pandacan , Manila usually held  on the third Saturday of January, in time with the town’s fiesta, to honor its patron saint, Santo Niño.

We decided to visit and explore the historic district by commuting the Philippine National Railway train via España station south bound to Pandacan station. We just paid Php 10.00 fare and took off at the Pandacan station.

Pandacan PNR station

We manage to take few stolen shot at the station before the guard told us that photography was not allowed within the premises for unknown reason . ( Maybe terrorist threat ?)  We just walked a few meters before reaching the church . We manage to arrive past noon time and took some time eating at the local eateries and taking photos of monuments , historical places .

Origin 

This festival comes from the Filipino word “buling-buli” which locally means well-polished , to polish ,  to dress-up , signifying something or somebody to dress in barong with large handkerchief for men , or colorful terno , baro’t saya, balintawak or kimona for ladies.

 

History :

According to the book  “The Child of the Pandan Reeds: The Spiritual Journey of the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish,” a passage from a narrative by historian Ricardo Mendoza:

“The children were startled and [they] stopped playing, then admiringly gazed at the small and beautiful image. In a moment, they all felt terrified, and some knelt and prayed because it crossed their mind that this may be the image of the Holy Child.”

Santo Niño de Pandacan replica image with pandan leaves 

Etymology

The Santo Niño was discovered on top of a pandanus plant by the residents of the place , hence the name Pandacan originated , Another theory was people and houses from the locality are ” pandak” short  hence ” Pandakan ” word might have originated.

The festival started sometime around early part of the 17th century along with the establishment of the parish . The dance used to be performed only by ladies as an act of devotion to the child jesus .

Aglipayan church few blocks away

Buling-Buling dance and festivities somehow slowly diminished in the 1930’s and eventually ceased by the end of the second world war , due to many factors such as devastation of Pandacan and moving out of the old families which sponsored the annual festivities.

The annual festival would only focused on parade and simple novena mass for several decades .

Aglipay church main altar 

We saw some of the Kapitbahayan sa Kalye Bautsita atbp. volunteers and residents of Pandacan . Mr. Robert Fabro Tomas and Jhone Gorme , they are part of the organizing committee for this year’s festival. We were allowed to get some photos of the main altar of the Aglipay church .

devotees wait outside the church

This year’s theme ” Dekada ng Pagkakaisa ” marked 10 years of the simultaneous parade of child jesus images of the Catholic and Aglipayan church. The wooden image of the child jesus was carved from black wood , like the ones in Antipolo or black nazarene.  The one that the Aglipayan church was made of ivory .

We did some side trip to some historical places in Pandacan and food establishments ( on later post ) .

 original santo nino de Pandacan  at the side altar 

People started their assembly within the church courtyard , saw some local television channels like GMA channel 7 senior reporter Mr. JP Soriano and some photo bloggers. The parade started about past 2:00 pm with a short practice by the participants few minutes at the church courtyard.

santo nino outfits for sale 

It was only during the late 1970’s  when the Samahang Sining at Kalinangan ng Pandacan (SSKP), founded by Ricardo B. Mendoza and some old-time residents of the district initiated the revival of the colorful dance festival.

procession by the Aglipayan members

two images meet 

Salubong ” to meet at the side of the main street between the two images . Both images are original .

Aglipayan child jesus and Catholic child jesus 

Highlights of the Festival

One of the most anticipated part of the festival is when both child jesus ( wooden image by the Catholics ) and ivory image by the Alipayan meet and paraded on the street of Pandacan . This was a rare occasion , since both religion were at odds with each other since the 1900’s .

People from both religion witness the meeting of the two icons of the Sto. Niño like two brothers reunited after being estranged for centuries by war , court order and religion.

Santo Niños of Aglipay and Catholic 

Several child jesus are then paraded along the streets of Pandacan and the Buling-buling dance is performed by the crowd.  Some were privately owned . Some of the simple ones are paraded with the help of pedicabs and tricycles prop-up with cloths, flowers , while the more elaborate carriages bear family heirloom Santo Niño .

Santo Niños paraded on the streets of Pandacan

We also participated at the actual dance , it is 3/4 with hand gestures swaying back and forth while walking the street of Pandacan.

staffs of the councilor 

There was also FREE sopas courtesy of councilor Carlos ” Caloy ” Castañeda of the sixth district of Manila. We manage to take a few cups of hot sopas before we went home , riding at the PNR Pandacan station going north.

This time we waited for at least 1 hour before catching -up the train. We would like to come back again next year and try to dance the Buling-buling .

Note : photos are  from the author 

 

 

Traslacion 2017 : Feast of the Black Nazarene

Traslacion 2017 had begun and millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene troop to Quirino grandstand , Manila Cityhall , Santa Cruz , Quiapo and nearby areas .

route of the procession

According to organizers, this year’s feast was centered specifically on the passage from Collosians 3:14, which reads “Pag-ibig ang buklod ng ganap na pagkakaisa.”

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

The Black Nazarene which left the grandstand at past 5:30am is slowly paraded around the streets of Manila.

Black Nazarene devotees

I was accompanied by my friend Darwin Arnuco and a Black Nazarene devotee since 2009 . He would normally visit Quiapo church and attend the mass before opening his store .

Black Nazarene statues

Aside from the devotion , ambulant vendors , merchants and street vendors are making a brisk business . Selling popular t-shirts , towels , statues , pins , key chains , mugs , calendars among other items.

Quezon Avenue around past 9:00am 

I manage to walk past Liwasang Bonifacio , Mehan Garden , Manila Cityhall and National Museum and back to Quiapo before going home.

 

 

Good Life Flavors of Fortune: A Grand Celebration of Chinese New Year 2016

 

Trinoma Activity Center, Quezon City -Philippines

Kung Xi Fa Cai , Kiong Hee Huat Chay , Kong Hei Fat Choi !

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and is the longest and most significant celebration in the Chinese Lunar calendar .

 Chinese painting and calligraphy club together with Mr. Henry Lim Bon Liong ( executive Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce , chief executive officer of Sterling Paper Group of Companies, S.P. Properties, Inc., SL Agritech Corporation )

Ms. Lorriane Tan – Chief Operating Officer Chinoy TV

Just like the Chinese, Filipinos have strongly associated meaningful occasions with celebratory food. The author was invited by some members of the Binondo Heritage Group or BGH and Mr. Wilson Flores -who posted the event at the FB page of the group ( close site) . I saw fellow social media friends like Mr. Nathaniel Uy , Mr. Jonel Uy  ( not related to each other) and Mr. Ceasar Cheng .

Chinese style paintings

Unfortunately , We were not able to wait for them since there were some of the BGH members that were there past 12nn and have other events to attend . The event was hosted by Mr. Willord Chua and Ms. Janelle Ty of Chinoy Television.

Chinese lantern

Fly ACE Food Corporation had a complete line of  Asian food products that bring out the genuine taste and flavor of your favorite Asian dishes since the company was established in 2000.

GOOD Life -name was inspired by the Chinese’s common association of longevity with noodles like Vermicelli, Egg Noodles , Bihon, Sesame Oil , Oyster Sauce, Japanese -style bread crumbs .

Mr. Willord Chua -Chinoy Television host with the lion dancers

The event for the Chinese New Year is entitled ” Good Life Flavors of Fortune” A Celebration of Good Life which is from February 5 to 8, 2016 .

Mr. Cris Garcia ( Coordinator ) Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute coordinators gave some free basic Chinese Hookien and Mandarin lessons, Chinese chess,  paper cutting techniques . They have Basic Mandarin or Hokkien language course for beginners .

Website : http://www.ateneoconfucius.com/index.php?language=en-US

Contact information : 894-4513

 Center for Culinary Arts students

CCA students are preparing a 5 course Chinese inspired dishes 

There are several activities which coincide with the event , lectures, Chinese calligraphy lessons, Chinese Painting exhibition, games, promos, Chinese cuisine coking demonstration , competition , traditional lantern exhibit, dragon and lion dance, Chinese dances, Lingnan style paintings , Chinese paper cutting , Chinese games , Speaking Basic Hokkien and Basic Mandarin and cultural activities .

cultural presentation

 Partners includes Chinoy Television, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., Confucius Institute , Bahay Tsinoy , Center for Culinary Arts -Manila, Masflex, Tecnogas , Phil Sen Hua , King Chef Seafood Restaurant, Cook Magazine , FLY Ace Food Corporation among others.

Fly Ace Food Corporation -The company is the one who conducts annual Jolly University event  in which several universities and colleges compete for the title of ” Best Cook-Off Challenge”  within Metro Manila .

There is an in -house promotion where the public ( attendees) can  purchase items from the Secretariat with raffle stubs and ticket – They are entitled to free feng shui consultation among others .

Ms. Nina Daza-Puyat  and Mr. Ramon P. Daez – Fly Ace General manager

Note: I would like to ” thank” BHG group , Cook Magazine Sir Marlon Aldense and FlyACE Management for the accommodation.  we decided to leave the place  since we have a lot of commitments .

Fly Ace Corporation: http://www.flyacecorp.com/

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Lakad Pamana of Bustos , Bulacan ( Part 2)

Bustos – Bulacan

We decided to take a quick stroll while everyone is busy taking photos at the newly constructed Bustos Museum and Tourism Office .  Took the side entrance and went to the famed Pan de Bustos bakery  .

Pan de Bustos bakery

Some of those who went there ate their breakfast that this bakery near the municipal compound along the main street. The bakery started their operations around 3 years ago . Their bread is like the ordinary pandesal but is smaller and sweeter .

Pan de Bustos

The bread only cost Php 2.00 each and this is a MUST for everyone that is visiting the town. We decided to buy some for some tasting .

old municipal town hall

Bustos Municipal Hall

Closer view of the main facade of the Bustos Municipal Hall . It was first built during the early American era in bahay -na- bato style and the current building was built from 1956 to 1959 .

Bustos Municipal Hall

commemorative marker

staircase going to the second floor

The main hall was quaint with a grand wooden staircase and large painting which depicts the history of the town .  We were allowed to get inside the hall despite it was sunday .  There were several awards  like seal of good house keeping, galing pook awardee and among others that were prominently displayed at the main lobby going up to the second floor .

portraits of the previous town mayor

Mayor Arnel F. Mendoza ( incumbent mayor )

Origin :

Bustos was a part of Baliuag ( Baliwag )  during the Spanish and American colonial period. The town was separated from Baliuag by a tragic incident when around 1860, a rainy Sunday, a group of natives from Bustos with babies in their arms were on their way to Saint Agustine Parish Church of Baliuag  for baptismal when they drowned when the raft or planceta they were riding capsized while crossing the river of  Angat due to the strong water current. This fateful event led the people of Bustos to request and build their own parish church and decided to choose the Hold Child Jesus (Sto. Niño) as their patron saint in honor of those infants that died in the river.

school children dress in a period baro’t saya and barong tagalog

The group waited for the Tugyaw ( Tugtog at Sayaw) and Santo Nino parade to start .

santo nino dressed like a baker

There are several hundreds of Santo Nino statues that were accompanied by dancers from children to teenager and adults .

santo nino dresses in yellow dress ( notice the candies were part of the processional carriage)

different images of santo nino being driven by a lady pedicab

There are a lot of images of santo nino and are dress-up in different outfits and some are owned by private individuals and families.

santo nino being paraded on the main municipal ground using pedicab

The santo nino procession had different kinds of dance beat from the ati-atihan , sinulog , turumba , modern and even Ms. Willie Revillame -igiling-giling

The mood was very festive and some processional carriages throw away candies , packs of biscuits and snacks.

children had their own processional carriage with miniature sized holy child jesus

Zeny’s Minasa

Zeny ‘s Minasa  one of the 3 iconic bakery which had preserved the age -old tradition of making Minasa along with Fe’s Minasa located along the highway by Ms. Lourdes Luz and Aling Liling’s Minasa.

making of minasa

The group was given a short demonstration on making minasa and its traditional wood mold .

minasa dough

minasa dough before baking and the utensils, wooden mold, used for making the dough

There is also a large Minasa cookies , ideal for giveaways and pasalubongs.

Aling Zeny’s Minasa is located near the municipal hall with large tarpaulin poster and a small store. Their specialties also includes barquillo , lengua de gato and uraro biscuits. They are most in demand by OFW and Balikbayans as their keep-sake food stuffs for their families, friends and work mates in foreign countries where they stay.

Ms. Febe Sevilla together with Ms. Elena de Lara ( proprietor ) seated

Ms. Elena D. De Lara is a third generation minasa maker , according to her , The art of making traditional minasa was taught to her grandmother then to her mother .  She was interviewed and featured on television stations , newspaper and blog sites.

The group was also given some samples of minsa cookies and the store almost ran out of minasa cookies stock on that day.  Everyone bought some minasa cookies in plastic jar and other sweets. According to one of the store staffs ( They are usually open for half day during sunday )

Small plastic minasa jar cost Php 110 and large one cost Php 150 each

The original minasa cookies uses arrowroot flour and now uses cassava flour.

Address: #6 Tanawan , Bustos , Bulacan

Telephone (044)-761-0007 / 0917-200-9757, 0943-521-2465

email :zenyminasa@yahoo.com.ph

Special Thanks to Sir Gilbert Diño of San Miguel de Mayumo together with Bustos municipal tourism officer , office of the mayor.

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Lakad Pamana of Bustos , Bulacan : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/lakad-pamana-of-bustos-bulacan/