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higantes festival

oskeepops

Calamba City,Philippines, Philippines

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Celebrated early the 23rd of November, are the “Higantes”, they make paper mache giants measuring four to five feet in diameter and ten to twelve feet in height. Philippine Rizal Angono’s joyous major festival in honor of San Clemente (patron saint of fishermen) whose image, glorious in papal vestment, is carried by male devotees during a procession accompanied by “pahadores” (devotees dressed in colorful local costumes or fishermen’s clothes, wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles, fish nets, traps, etc.) and “higantes” (giant paper mache images). The street event finishes in a fluvial procession in Laguna de Bay amidst revelry that continues until the image is brought back to its sanctuary

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