Cainta residents told to follow health protocols while celebrating town fiesta

Published November 27, 2021, 12:50 PM

by Nel Andrade

As residents of Cainta, Rizal prepare for the twin fiesta celebrations in honor of Saint Andrew the Apostle and the Our Lady of Light on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, respectively, the local government reminded the people to always observe health protocols as this year’s festivities are not yet normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto told Manila Bulletin that the festivities for the two feast days referred to as ‘Sumbingtik Festival 2021’ (coined from the words “suman, bibingka, latik” — three native sweets that are popular products in the town) should be festive and meaningful while observing the health protocols.

Prior to the pandemic, a grand parade of floats and street dancing used to highlight the town’s culture, tradition and rich history of Cainta, attracting local tourists from other places.

“Ginagawa natin ang lahat para maging masaya naman ang taon na ito dahil alam natin kung gaano kahirap at kalungkot ang nangdaang taon. Ginagawa natin ito pero pinapangalagaan pa rin naman natin ang kalusugan ng mga tao dahil hindi natin tinodo kamukha ng dating mga taon. Pero umasa kayo sa mga darating pang panahon pagkatapos ng pandemya, magbabalik na sa normal ang Cainta at magkakaroon tayo ng mas magarbo, maayos at masayang fiesta. Sa ngayon po, bear with me, ito po ‘yung kaya natin, pagsamahan na lang po natin at maging masaya tayo. (We have been doing everything to make the people happy this year because we know how difficult and gloomy the past years were. We are doing the activities but we are still observing the health protocols. Rest assured that after the pandemic, everything will be normal again, we will have a grandiose celebration but for now, these are what we can offer you, let’s all enjoy and be happy),” Nieto said.

Mayor Nieto said this year, there will be no parade and street dancing that usually attracts large crowds, but a few activities are lined up to make the celebration meaningful yet festive for the residents to at least enjoy and feel the usual fiesta that they have used to prior to the pandemic.

Food kiosks selling native delicacies and street bazaars offering various items along the side streets in the vicinity of the church and municipal hall return this year.

The decoration of façade of houses with native products such as suman, bibingka and latik, coco jams, and other sticky rice and coconut by-products also resumes this year after it was set aside in 2020 due to the strict quarantine protocols.

This year, the whole stretch of P. Burgos Street in Barangay Sta. Rosa is the venue of the façade decoration event, with municipal hall employees and homeowners themselves adorning the front section of their homes with native products that are synonymous with their livelihood.

Acoustic music being played on P. Burgos Street from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30; a Bike Fun Ride at 6 a.m. on Nov. 30; and a Zumba Marathon at 6 a.m. both at the Cainta municipal grounds are part of the events for the twin fiesta celebration.

Masses at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. will be offered at the Parish of the Our Lady of Light in honor of Saint Andrew the Apostle on Nov. 30. A motorcade procession bearing the image of Saint Andrew will be held at 7 a.m.

On Dec. 1, a concelebrated Mass to be officiated by Antipolo Bishop Francisco de Leon will be held at 9 a.m. The motorcade procession will be at 4 p.m. to be followed by 6 p.m. Mass.