Traditions and Festivities

Angono is a municipality in the province of Rizal and is part of the CALABARZON Region (Calamba Laguna Batangas). The word Angono came from the word, “ang nuno”, meaning an old man on top of soil. First created as a pueblo, then it became a municipality in 1935.


Angono is described as, the Art Capital of the Philippines. There are people from Angono who have artistry in their blood, by means of music and painting.  There are also a number of art galleries in this municipality, that some artists and tourists as well visit and admire, they have The Blanco Family Museum, Tiamson Art Gallery and Nemiranda Art house and gallery just to name a few. Examples of well-known artists from Angono are, national artist Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco for the arts and Maestro Lucio San Pedro for music. Angono is also known for the oldest work of art called, the Angono Petroglyphs. The artistry and passion of the artists are not only evident back in the day. But now, as technology evolves, the talent and creativity are seen more during festivals.
Angono Petroglyphs


San Clemente or St. Clement I was a pope and is the patron saint of Angono. He is called Clemens Romanus to distinguish him from St. Clement of Alexandria. He is the first of the successors of St. Peter, and is first of the "Apostolic Fathers". Every year on the 23rd of November, they celebrate The Higantes Festival in his honor. During the celebration, people of Angono have this tradition of engaging in water fights for fun. It is when they throw, shower and bathe people with water. Even local by standers and tourists are no exception to this activity. The parade is headed by a procession called “pagoda”. A pagoda is a boat ride in which devotees, images of the saints and band memebers ride on and do the proccesion on the lake. People who join this procession sometimes cover themselves with mud and call themselves, taong putik.

Higantes of Angono

Traditions and Beliefs

Here are some traditions celebrated by people of Angono during Holy week. Every Palm Sunday, parishioners, priests and laymen of Angono re-enact the entering of Jesus to Jerusalem with the use of palaspas or palm leaves. One more example is Latag banig, it is when men spread mats while women spread linen on the mats on the street where the procession will pass. This tradition is based on the bible when Jesus entered Jerusalem, and the people layed their robes and mats for Jesus to pass on and they also used palm leaves and waved them to welcome Jesus. They also have the senakulo or the re-enactment of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. The portrayal is done every night during the week at the plaza.

By: Esteves, Monina Angela, M.