By Nel B. Andrade
Angono, Rizal – Residents here are enjoined to take part in tomorrow’s town fiesta in honor of Pope Saint Clement, the town’s patron saint, as November 23 has been declared by Malacañang as a non-working holiday in this municipality – dubbed as the “Art Capital of the Country.”
Mayor Gerardo Calderon, however, has a friendly reminder to all revelers taking part in the celebration: “Be prepared to get wet.”
Consistent with the municipality’s tradition, today’s festivities will take place by the Laguna Lake where a fluvial parade will be staged and along the major streets of the town where dousing of water is part of the revelry.
A morning celebration of the Holy Eucharist will happen prior to the start of the fluvial procession which is expected to be participated in by residents aboard several motorized boats. The procession in the lake will be followed by the procession in the streets of the town.
Earlier, the office of the President issued Presidential Proclamation 352 declaring a holiday in the town to give the residents the full opportunity to celebrate the annual occasion with appropriate ceremonies.
The fluvial procession starts as soon as the image of Saint Clement is brought to the motorized boat with the brass bands playing the traditional fiesta music right after the mass at Saint Clement Church.
Last Sunday, more than 120 “higantes” or the town’s version of mascots including those that were made by residents from each barangays that joined the Higanteng Fashionista giant making contest, had paraded the streets of the town to usher in the Higantes Festival 2017.
Several activities lined up this week include the Itik Eating Contest today outside the town hall, and a bazaar that showcases locally made products of residents and guest traders.