The Municipality of Angono, Rizal, known as the Art Capital of the Philippines, will celebrate on Nov. 22-23 its annual town fiesta alongside the Department of Tourism-recognized event called “Higantes Festival.”

The activities feature tiangge, play, band and rock concert, talent search, dance contest known as “Parehadora Festival,” parade, and an art exhibit welcoming the centennial birth of National Artist for Painting Carlos “Botong” Francisco in 2012.

Higantes” are giant paper-mache endemic in the history and culture of Angono. It was used as symbol of agrarian protest during the waning years of Spanish colonialism.

After World War II, it was used as symbol of festivity led by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco. Today, the Municipality of Angono reinvents the image as the symbol of the collective effort to drumbeat the town’s gigantic contribution, especially in local governance as well as the national cultural and arts scene.

Angono, Rizal Mayor Gerry Calderon
“This year’s celebration highlights Angono’s place in the country as truly the haven of artists and creativity,” Mayor Gerry Calderon said.

Apart from being the “Art Capital of the Philippines,” Angono is recognized as the “ASEAN Culture Capital” by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Cultural Center of the Philippines.

For inquiries, please contact the Municipal Tourism, Culture and the Arts Office at 661-3646. 

Here is the complete schedule:

Nov. 4, 2011, Friday, 7:30 AM/Angono Catholic Cemetery
Pagdiriwang para sa ika-99 Taon ng Kaarawan ni Carlos ” Botong ” Francisco

Nov. 3-5, Thursday-Saturday, 7:00PM/Angono Municipal Gymnasium
“Sa Bunganga ng Pating,” dula-sarsuwelang pagtatanghal ng Regional Pilpot School for the Arts

Nov. 11, Friday, 7:00AM/ Angono Municipal Gymnasium
URS Angono Foundation Day

Nov. 11, Friday, 7:00PM / National Road
San Miguel Beer Concert National Road

Nov. 12, Saturday, 9:00AM/ St. Clement Parish Church
Kumpilang Bayan

Nov. 12-Dec. 31/ Municipal Compound
Higanteng Tiangge

Nov. 12, Saturday, 8:00PM/ Angono Municipal Gymnasium
“Concert ng Siakol”

Nov. 14, Monday, 8:00AM / Angono Elementary Shool
Seminar on “Basics of The Environment “

Nov. 14, Monday, 8:00PM/ St. Clement Parish Church
Unang Prusisyon

Nov. 14-22, tuwing 6:00PM / St. Clement Parish Church
Rosario Cantada/Nobena Misa

Nov. 14-22, tuwing 7:00PM / St. Clement Parish Church

Npv. 16, Thursday, 8:00PM/ Patio ng Simbahan
Angono Talentado Talent Search

Nov. 18, Friday, 8:00PM / National Road
San Miguel Beer Concert

Nov. 18, Friday, 8:00PM / St. Clement Church
Pangalawang Prusisyon

Nov. 19, Saturday, 10:00AM / Municipal Compound
On-the-spot Body Painting Contest

Nov. 19, Saturday, 3:00PM / Municipal Compound
Parehadora Festival II

Nov. 19, Saturday, 6:00PM / Angono Municipal Gymnasium
Opening of the Angono Art Exhibit

Nov. 19, Saturday, 8:00PM / Biga Chapel Phase 1
Bihilya sa Santisimo Sacramento

Nov. 20, Sunday, 3:30AM / Biga Chapel Phase 1
Prusisyon ng Santisimo Sacramento

Nov. 20, Sunday, 3:00PM / Municipal Compound
Prusisyon ng Santisimo Sacramento

Nov. 20, Sunday, 8:00PM / Angono Municipal Gymnasium
Jamming Night “Agos” with Orville Tiamson

Nov. 21, Monday, 8:00PM / Municipal Compound
Rap n Roll Concert

Nov. 21-22, Mon-Tuesday, 8:00PM / Municipal Compound
Film Showing

Nov. 22, Tuesday, 8:00AM / Rainbow Village
Prisinta ng mga Banda

Nov. 22, Tuesday, 2:00PM / Patio ng Simbahan
Parada ng Bayan

Nov. 22, Tuesday, 8:00PM / Patio ng Simbahan
Pagpapalipad ng mga Lobo/Fireworks Display/ Balik-Banda

Nov. 23, Wednesday, 5:00AM / Patio ng Simbahan/Buong Bayan
Kapistahan ni San Clemente

Nov. 23, Wednesday, 6:00AM at 7:30AM / St. Clement Church
Misa Concelebrada

Nov. 25, Friday, 7:00PM / National Road
San Miguel Beer Concert

Nov. 26, Saturday, 8:00AM / Angono Municipal Gymnasium
Art Workshop ng Faber Castel

Nov. 26, Saturday, 10AM / National Road
Talk n Text AniberSAYA with Robin Padilla

Dec. 2, Friday, 7:00PM / Municipal Compound
Ms. Gay Angono Pre-Pageant Night

Dec. 3, Saturday, 7:00PM / Municipal Compound
Ms. Angono Photo Tourism Contest Awards Night

Dec. 9, Friday, 7:00PM / Municipal Compound
Ms. Gay Angono Coronation Night

Dec. 14, Wednesday, 3:00PM / Municipal Compound
Lantern Parade

Dec. 17, Saturday / Angono Municipal Compound
Todo-todong Gwapo (Awarding of Search for 2011 Mr. TODA ng Angono)

by Richard Gappi