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Philippines Celebration

Philippines Celebration

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Published by: weng on Jul 01, 2009
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Araw ng Tatlong Hari
For Centuries, the magical bearers of gifts for Filipino children were the ThreeKings, not Santa Claus. Shoes were brightly polished and left on the window sillstoferther with the cleanest socks, fresh from the laundry. The children knewthat the Three Kings, on their way to Bethlehem, would pass by theri homes tofill their shoes and socks with gifts. Some would thoughtfully leave some strawor dry grass for the camels; if these were gone in the morning, surely the camesmust have been terribly hungry.The Feast of the Three Kings (Araw ng Tatlong Hari) is celebrated on the FirstSunday of January. It is also known as the Pasko ng Matatanda (Feast of theElderly), the day specially honors senior citizens. The feast is also called "TheEpiphany" which commemorates the manifestation of Jesus Christ to theGentiles as represented by the Magi.They were called Melchor, meaning "king of light", Gaspar, "the white one", andBalthazar, "the lord of treasure". In the Middle Ages, Gaspar was depicted young, Mechor as middle-aged, and Balhtazar as ancient. They came bearinggifts or gold, frankincense and myrrh.In the city of Manila, it has been a tradition for dacades for the prestigiousclub Casino Español to organiza\e a Three Kings' parade on January 6 or thefirst Sunday of January. Dressed in royal robes, the Three Kings ride on statelyhorses as there are no camels in the Philippines. They parade down the block,and end at the clubhouse where children of the Spanish community await themto receive more Christmas gifts. There are gifts prepared for the poor childrenand orphans, too.
Feast of the Black Nazarene 
 Every January 9 at Quipo Church in Manila, The Black Nazarene, a life-sizedstatue of Christ is carried through town by barefooted men yelling, "Viva Señor,while huge crowd tries to touch the statu. The statue was bought by a priest inMexico and brought it to Manila in 1606. Since 1787 the statue has been housedat Saint John the Baptist Church in Quiapo. For more than 200 years the churchhas been placing the statue on a gilded carriage every January and pulling itthrough the streets of Quiapo. People who touch it are reported to sometimesbe healed of diseases. Catholics come from all over Manila on the chance thatthey will be able to get close enough to touch the image and perhaps receive amiracle. They also throw towels to the police who guard the statue and ask themto rub the towel on the statue in hopes of carrying some of that
The excitement builds
Ati-Atihan takes place at Kalibo in Panay in the second week of January, then atIbajay and Makati one week later. To prepare for the festival, villagers maketheir own unique costumes and form groups to practice dances. Their costumeslook either bizarre or regal. Anticipation builds up during the last few days ofpreparation and reaches an exciting climax on Friday, when the dancing andpartying start.
The Carabao Festival 
Begining May 14th, the people of Pulilan in Bulacan Province, San Isidro in NuevaEcija Province, and Angono in Rizal Province celebrate for two days.On the first day, farmers pay tribute to water buffalos, known as carabaos.These animals are very important for farmers because they help till the land.Farmers brush their carabaos' skin until it is sleek and shiny. Then thecarabaos are decorated with ribbons and attached to carts. In the afternoon,farmers lead their carabaos to the church square to be part of the procession.At the church, the carabaos kneel for their blessings. On the second day, thecarabaos compete in a friendly race.
Mayohan sa Tayabas 
Tayabas-with the best panoramic view of Mt. Banahaw- cabecera for 131 years of the province of Tayabas,later named Quezon.

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