Lilia Panes is a 62 years old woman with one child namely Rominalane Panes, which is already a college student. Lilia is a exemplary housewife but she is also active in church activities like legion, women for Christ secretary treasurer and a member of pastoral council. She became part of church organization since March 27, 2010. Their activities as a part or member of church organization is they usually have meeting every Sunday and Rosary.
The new thing that happens and what she felt when she became part of church organization is .
“masaya kasi, una napapalapit ka sa panginoon, pangalawa natututo ka ng mga bagay na hindi mo ginagawa nung hindi ka pa part ng committee, katulad ng active sa rosary, junior and senior presidium”.
What she actually want other to encourage about is bring Mama Mary in every home also to have a bible sharing within the family. Because most families this days is they don’t know how to give importance and read bible, bible can makes the family together it can also make them closer to god.
Every Augusts their church became busier, especially every second week of august because they are celebrating feast of San Exiquel Moreno as their patron Saint. What she can share about feast is this is usually celebrated in different places, regions, provinces, municipality, barrios and even barangay. Every Catholic Church has its own patron saint, and Sto. Niňo is one of the famous celebrated saint in the Philippines. Celebrating feast is also a way in giving thanks and value to saint as a messenger of god and ours.
Every fiesta, churches and other places has a lot of activities and programs prepared to celebrate it. There were street dance contest, organization dance contest in church, singing content, pageant, street games, and food sharing (traditional banguet) and many more. Feast without “prusisyon” will never be that best, because this is where most people enjoyed walking behind the replica of patron saint with colorful and lively drums, lier, candles,lights, fireworks, dancing, shouting (e.g viva sto. Niňo, viva, viva), and tossing a lot of candies.
Feast in San Exiquel Moreno Parish Church Caloocan
Feast in one of the happiest and celebrated event in the Philippines, In the City, Feast is usually simple but still celebrated by some.
In San Exiquel Moreno Legions, Priest, officers, committees and members helped each other in brainstorming for some programs to be held. There were “binyagang bayan”, The Voice (Singing contest), Group dance contest, “palarong pambata”, raffle, rosary and other activities.
In Sunday morning there were contestants who make sample for the audience they were the winners of the Voice in that feast said.
In early 6:00 am in the morning the group of dancers perform in the street while in parade. The top 5 group perform again after the mass. This group of dancers are mixed individuals there were kids, teens, and adults and each of this group has a different themes, most of they used songs are can be called “throwback20’s”
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Celebration of Fiesta in Philippine culture
Feast is part of Filipino culture and the most awaited event in the whole Philippines in every region, provinces, municipality, barrios and barangay. This is what makes people united especially when sharing of food, ideas and happiness. Spanish is the one who brought feast in the Philippines it is under the widespread of Catholicism and Christianity in the Philippines. And eventually fiesta became a practice to forget worries, expenses, entertainment, and sharing of food to other “kababayan”.
Feast is not only limited to Roman Catholic it is also open to other religions and even agnostics. In fiesta houses are open, wide smiles are ready, warm welcome is truly remarkable and heart melting. In fiesta it is really rare to find houses who don’t have any food to serve or present for guest and neighbors.
Filipinos really love to celebrate occasions like birthdays, marriage, baptismal, holidays and even feast. In traditional society of Filipinos, it’s really important for some to celebrate feast because they believe this it can build and strengthen the family-tie, loyalty and solidarity. Fiesta is also a way of sharing and gaining new acquaintance and friends.
Filipinos are also known for having a warm welcome, even they don’t know their guest. Filipino receives criticisms with regards in the celebration of fiesta, because it incur borrowing of money just only to have something in table. Some still do it and continue it because they believe that it also help them in emotional and psychological satisfaction.
“Makiki-fiesta” is become a term to go on other place to celebrate others feast on other barrio/region. But the most Filipino sick every fiesta is they even borrow money to have something on their table and invite others to their house to eat. This become a habit of some and it is too bad to continue. Some Filipino believes that feast is like investment, if you invest more, you will receive more blessings, luck and grant of wishes. Devotee still continue and celebrate the annual fiesta and this is more rampant in provinces.
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In provinces, feast is a much awaited event. The feasts in provinces are full of foods, tourist, celebrities, foreigners, colourful streets, and happy Filipinos.
List of best celebrated feast in the Philippines:
- Dinagyang (ilo-ilo)
Dinagyang means “Merry Making” and their patron saint celebrated is Sto. Niňo thye main highlight for this event are Ati-atihan Dance competition and Kasadyahan Street Dance.
- Sinulog (cebu)
Sinulog festival is a feast that celebrated miraculous replica of sto. Niňo. The people usually joined and enjoy dancing in the streets with sto. Niňo. The main highlight of this feast are the procession of sto. Niňo and Sinulog Fluvial Parade.
- Ati-atihan (Aklan)
Ati-atihan also celebrated the feast of their patron saint Sto. Niňo. The word ati-atihan means “aetas” and the best highlight of this event is Parade in Kalibo, Aklan.
- Pahiyas (Lucban, Quezon)
This feast is a thanks giving to their patron saint San Isidro Labrador who gives them good harvest. Their patron is a patron of farmers. This event usually held every second week of May which their main highlights is the procession of San Isidro Labrador.
- Panagbenga (Baguio)
This is where they celebrated the blossoming of their flowers. This is usually held in last Sunday of March. Its main highlight is grandiose parade .
After all this festivals celebrated, it still keeps everyone family tight closer and even strangers. This only shows that Filipinos are happy to welcome visitors with warm smile.
“Ika nga nila di matatawaran ang kaligayan at saya ng Pilipino kung sila’y sama-sama, magkakaramay at nagtutulungan. Hindi naman material na bagay ang basehan para sa kaligayan, simpleng salo-salo at magdasal ng magkakasama ang sagot para sa mas masaya’t maunlad na buhay”.