By Nel Andrade
ANGONO, RIZAL – The festivities happening only during the feast day of its patron saint, Saint Clement every November, will be reenacted on Saturday in this town.
A post from the Angono Public Information Office on its social media page shows that the traditional November festivities, including the procession of the image of Pope Saint Clement will be reenacted as part of the welcome activities of the locality for the delegates of Esculturas Religiosas En Las Filipinas, a group of owners of religious images in the country who are in the province for a familiarization tour.
The townsfolk will be welcoming the delegates outside the municipal hall where the giant mascots, known here as “higantes” will dance to the streets together with the so-called “parehadoras” (folk dancers unique in this town) with the brass bands playing festive music as the parade passes from the town hall to the church at 1 p.m. today.
The traditional dousing of water by the parade participants and spectators will also be reenacted to show to the visitors how the residents celebrate their town fiesta every November.
Also joining the parade are the image of San Isidro Labrador and the BirhenngPagbati, two of the famous religious images being processioned in this town during specific occasions.
The visitors will also tour the houses where some religious images are being taken care of during the day.
Other places to be visited by the religious image owners prior to coming to this town are the Parish of the Our Lady of Light in Cainta, St. Mary Magdalene in Pililla, St. Jerome Church in Morong, and Sta. Ursula in Binangonan.
The last stop of the group will be the Cathedral and National Shrine of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Antipolo.
The event is part of the “Visitacion V: Mabuhay, Rizal!” activity of the “Camarero”group which celebrated its special day on July 12.