By Christina Hermoso
Devotees of revered patron of fishermen San Clemente (Saint Clement) will gather at the Saint Clement Parish Church in Angono, Rizal, tomorrow, in solemn commemoration of the town’s patron saint.
Monsignor Rigoberto de Guzman will celebrate a high mass at 6 a.m., to be followed by a land procession that leads to the banks of Laguna de Bay in Barangay San Vicente for the more elaborate grand pagoda fluvial procession.
Local fish varieties like “kanduli,” “tilapia,” and “bangus,” caught during the fluvial parade will be placed near the image of San Clemente for good luck. The procession ends at the other side of the lake in Barangay Poblacion Ibaba, where the land procession that leads back to the church continues.
Masses will also be held at 9:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. Novenamasses marked by the dancing of devotees in prayer and in thanksgivingwere held from Nov. 14 to 22 at the church yard.
The highlight of the two-week celebration in honor of San Clemente isthe Higantes Festival, a parade of giant effigies made of paper mache measuring 10 to 12 feet in height. The much-awaited Higantes Festival parade was held last Sunday, November 19. Angono’s annual festival dates back to the late 1800s.
San Clemente was one of the Apostolic Fathers and author of the Letter to the Corinthians. Born in Rome, Italy, he lived during the time of Christ’s apostles and was ordained bishop by Saint Peter himself. He was elected as the fourth pope of the Roman Catholic Church in the year 91 and served as head of the Church until his martyrdom in the year 101.