September 11, 2016

The Giants of Rizal: Angono’s Higantes Festival

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  • Angono, Rizal is primarily known for two things: one, it’s the country’s art capital. The home of many a National Artist, people from Angono are known for being in tune with their artistic side, especially in the visual arts.

    The other thing they’re known for:  the Higantes Festival, which takes place every November.



    PRIDE OF ANGONO. Every November, the province of Angono comes alive with the celebration of the Higantes Festival.


    The Higantes Festival is done in celebration of San Clemente, and is held every November 22 and 23. First done by the people of Angono as a form of protest, these paper-mache giants now play the part of one of the most unique festivals in the country.

    Preparations for the festival start as early as September, when different schools get their drum and lyre bands practicing for the festivities in November. Other groups start practicing their routines for the parade that will take place on day 2 of Higantes Festival.



    A TRIBUTE TO ARTISTS. Each barangay in Angono has its own team of artists who make these higantes, ranging from large masks to full-scale giants.


    The parade is where these Higantes take center stage. Each barangay in Angono makes 3 to 4 of these paper-mache giants, showing off the identity of each barangay and the skill of their artists.

    No official schedule has been released as of today, but the Higantes Festival typically takes place on November 22 and 23. Make sure you bookmark this page for updates.


    Source: Out of Town Blog, Art Capital of the Philippines,


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