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    Posted November 22, 2010 by
    Angono, Rizal, Philippines
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    Higantes Festival


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sherbien remembers watching the Higantes Festival on television when he was young and, this year, was finally able to see it first hand. Sherbien said the festival was started in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period. Townfolks of Angono would create giant, paper mache heads in the likeness of their landlords. Sherbien continued, 'Later on, In 1987, it was revived; not as mockery, but to celebrate the feast of San Clemente.'
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    Today, I went to Angono, Rizal to witness their most popular Higantes Festival in honor of their patron saint San Clemente.


    The standard measurement of a higante is 4 - 5 ft. diameter and 10 - 12 ft. high and the head is made of paper mache. According to www.philippinecountry.com "The 'higante' tradition began last century, when Angono was a Spanish hacienda. The hacienda owners concerned about costs prohibited all celebrations except for one annual fiesta. The townspeople concerned about enjoyment decided to make the best of a bad situation. Using an art form brought from Mexico by Spanish priests, they created larger-than-life caricatures of their Spanish landlords. In typical Filipino fashion, the fiesta become in equal parts, a stunning spectacle and a tricky inside joke."


    The must see here is the giants dancing on the streets. It's fun.


    For me, Angono Rizal is historical, festive and art loving.


    The biggest surprise here is that they have exotic food that one must try. The last time I went here, I ate adobong langgam (ants), fried crickets and of course the most popular frog legs.

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