November 7, 2023
The Municipality of Angono popularized the “Higantes Festival” as part of its “One Town, One Product” campaign of the Department of Trade and Industry. It eventually got listed in the recognized festivals of the Department of Tourism. The celebration includes a parade of several Higantes to honor San Clemente, the Patron Saint of Fishermen. The Higantes are made of paper-mache that measures four to five feet in diameter and ten to twelve feet in height. Traditionally, it began in the last century when Angono was a Spanish Hacienda.
Higantes Festival of Angono is one of the much awaited festivals in our country. It is now promoted as tourism-generating event in the country. This attracts numerous tourists from all over the world and it was a privileged for me to witness the festival parade last November 18, 2018! It was part of our activities in promoting Luzon’s Culture and Heritages which I will be elaborating on my future articles. For now, let me share you these photos I took during the Higantes Festival Parade. Enjoy!