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FESTIVALS IN BATAAN

 

Feast Days Feast days, or “fiestas” in local parlance, are generally festive celebrations that involve fairs, carnivals, a tiangge (flea market), craft exhibits, amateur song and dance contests, musical shows. On the eve of a fiesta in Bataan, the merriment already begins with a serenata (brass band) concert or contest at the town plaza. On the big day itself, a drum and bugle band marches around the main thoroughfares with the kurakol or kuraldal or sambale (street dancing) strutting along its wake.

 

 

Senakulo  

Bataan SenakuloPhoto from:  tubagbohol.mikeligalig.com

The people of Calaguiman had been practicing this tradition  since 1947, which was started by one family in this barangay.

A traditional Lenten  presentation renacting the life and passion of Christ presented by the local  folks of Calaguiman in major roads, culminating at the town plaza. Early on Good Friday people would flock down  the main streets to watch the senakulo, a passion play depicting the suffering  of Jesus Christ starting with the betrayal of Judas up to the funeral of Jesus.  The participants are all dressed in costumes depicting the role they portray.

 

 

Bataan Day Celebration

Bataan Day CelebrationPhoto from:  cityofbalanga.gov.ph

Araw ng Kagitingan or Bataan  Day is an annual event, a national holiday April 6-9,  that commemorates the gallantry of Filipino  and American soldiers during WW II.  Defeat/ fall of Bataan and  honors the bravery of Filipino soldiers who offered their lives for freedom of  the country The president of the country, together with other dignitaries, war  veterans and officials of the province usually leads celebration of the Bataan  Day at the Shrine of Valor in Mt. Samat. 

 

 

Banga Festival

Bataan Banga FestivalPhoto from:  linophotography.com

It  is said that the name “Balanga” was derived from a kind of pot used for cooking  or fetching water. The cooking pot is made of a special clay and is locally  known as “banga”. To  commemorate this humble beginning of the now progressive city, the Banga  Festival is being celebrated.

 

 

Pagbubunyi Festival

Bataan Pagbubunyi FestivalPhoto from:  flickr.com/photos/tiotuico/1807167345

Celebrated every second  day of May, the festival reenacts Queen Helena’s and her son Constantine’s  quest for the cross of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Santacruzan De  Mayo

Bataan SantacruzanPhoto from:  flickr.com/photos/ajanem/2496232597

Every first week of May, a  2-week Santacruzan is held in Bagac featuring grown-up ladies and their  constantinos, where a group of ladies, with their abanikos, chant songs of  praise during the procession. The Santacruzan is brought around the town every  night, starting May 2 and on the 15th day a “piging” is held starting with a  mass in the morning followed by a procession and a Sambale or dance of  townspeople. Another procession at night is held wherein the Reyna Helena’s  cross will be passed to the following year’s Hermana Mayor.

 

 

Kuraldal Festival

Beating  the late summer heat, the municipality celebrates its town fiesta on the 24th  day of June, with lots of merry making, with street dancing and a week long  hosting of various festivities which includes civic-military parade, cultural  presentations of songs, dances from almost every sector of the community.

In  memory of the feast day of St. John the Baptist, the town’s patron saint,  biblically known as the one who baptized Jesus Christ with water on the river  of Jordan, a short presentation reminiscing the act is played before the crowd  after which everybody in town joyfully joins the Kuraldal- a dance –around  parade with floral dresses and hats, flowers and leaves swayed and waved in  merriment, while on-lookers wet them all with water, a resemblance of how Jesus  was, when St. John, the Baptist poured over his head the water of Christianity.

 

 

Palis Lasa Festival     

         Bataan Palis-Lasa FestivalPhoto from:    sites.google.com     

An  agro- religious festival held annually in Mabatang, Abucay. It starts with a  thanksgiving mass and a street dancing where participants adorn themselves with  colorful costumes made of tiger lass or “lasa” used to make walis tambo.

 

 

Feast Day of Nuestra Senora del Pilar

Bataan Feast Day of Nuestra Senora del PilarPhoto from:  megascene.net

 The feast day is celebrated  every 12th day of October to honor the miraculous Nuestra Señora del Pillar.

 

 

Feast Day of Nuestra Senora del Rosario

Bataan Feast Day of Nuestra Senora del RosarioPhoto from:  article.wn.com

The feast day is celebrated  every 2nd sunday of October to honor the miraculous Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

 

 

Alimango Sugpo Festival

Bataan Alimango Sugpo FestivalPhoto from:  oguiadacidade.com.br

Celebrated every second Sunday of October to honor the  miraculous Virgin Mary of the Rosary.

 

 

Pawikan Festival

Bataan Pawikan FestivalPhoto from:  picasaweb.google.com

For  the past years, the Bantay Pawikan, Inc. and the Morong local government unit  have been conducting the Pawikan Festival during the last week of November. For the past years, the Bataan  Tourism Council Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Provincial Government  and the Provincial Tourism Office, had organized series of activities that aims  to generate awareness and gather funds for the continuous development and  rehabilitation of the conservation center. This symbolic celebration, usually  held at the end of November, will hopefully bring sustainable progress to Bataan in terms of safeguarding the natural environment  and unify people from all walks of life under the preservation program.

Montemar  Beach Club Inc., a privately owned beach resort in the town of Bagac also celebrates the  Pawikan festival yearly. This is part of the corporation’s thrust to conserve  and protect these endangered animals which are also present in the coasts and  pristine beaches of Bagac. These  two “pawikan” projects clearly showcase the efforts and importance of marine  turtle conservation in the whole province  of Bataan…how private commercial  establishments do it in Bagac, and volunteerism of the community in the Morong Pawikan Center.

 

 

Paskuhan sa Mabatang

In  Mabatang, Abucay the joys of Christmas is extended to the streets. Every  “sitio” in the barangay is lavishly adorned and lighted to the obvious delight  of everyone. People from all over the province and nearby towns would drive  around Mabatang to check out the new gimmick Abukeños have come up for this  year. It shows the creativity and ingenuity of the people in this much-awaited  season.

 

 

Source: bataan.gov.ph

 

 

 

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