A parade of Angono, Rizal’s “Higante” or giant paper mache on Feb. 17 will welcome around 200 artists nationwide who will participate in one of the biggest art events to be hosted by this town known as the “Art Capital of the Philippines” and the province of Rizal. 

Angono, Rizal's "Higante" (Photo by Richard R. Gappi)

The Philippine Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience (PVAF-TRE) is spearheaded by the Committee on Visual Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The event is held alongside the celebration of the National Arts Month this February.
The committee is chaired by Angono painter Nemesio “Nemi” Miranda Jr.
“Higante” is an endemic cultural icon in Angono first used as symbol of agrarian protest. It was appropriated during fiesta to add fun in the celebration. Today, the local government considers it as a symbol of success and greatness which an Angono individual should strive for.
Simultaneous with the “Higante” parade is the tattoo conference and competition of Neo-Angono Artists Collective which will be held at the town’s gymnasium. (Click this link to read the related story:http://rizalnewsonline.blogspot.com/2012/02/2012-pvaf-update-neo-angono-artists.html)
In the afternoon, the national art exhibit and competition will open at SM Taytay’s Event Center. Local and provincial officials, including their partners and spouses, are expected to attend.
The art exhibit and the PVAF-TRE are also presented by Neo-Angono Artists Collective, Rizal province, Rotary Club, Thunderbird Resorts, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Foreign Affairs, DepEd, TV5 and Rizal News Online.
In the evening, delegates will go back to Angono to watch another art exhibit opening titled “One Angono Exhibit” at the Bloomingdale court, after which a cultural presentation and dinner will be hosted by Angono, Rizal Mayor Gerardo V. Calderon.
(Richard R. Gappi)