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CALABARZON

report on CALABARZON region: tourist spots, festivals, traditions, and literary pieces
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Fei Lin Flores

on 2 May 2013

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Transcript of CALABARZON

Traditions and Literary Pieces Cavite CALABARZON -one of the most industrialized provinces in the Philippines Laguna -Sta. Cruz is the capital of Laguna Rizal - a mountainous province perched on the western slopes of the southern portion of the Sierra Madre mountain range Batangas - one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila, the province has many beaches and is famous for excellent diving spots Quezon - the country's leading producer of coconut products such as coconut oil and copra, a large part of the province is covered in coconut plantations. - comes from the Hispanized word "kawit" meaning hook, in reference to the small hook-shaped peninsula -Imus is the capital Tourist Spots Aguinaldo Shrine the ancestral house of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the site of proclamation of Philippine Independence Pico de Loro Cavite's highest point , garnered its name because it looks like a parrot: "Pico de Loro"="Parrot's Peak" Corregidor Island island fortress that stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders during WW2 St. Mary Magdalene Church of Kawit one of the oldest churches int the Philippines, known for healing and helping resolve personal problems Festivals Kalayaan Festival held annually from May 28 to June 12, the series of events for the festival are held to celebrate the independence day season Regada Festival also called the “Water Festival”, the festival is done from June 22-24 in celebration of St. John the Baptist. Sorteo Festival local festival held every three years to relive the old practice of distributing agricultural lots to deserving farmers through raffle draws. Tinapa Festival celebrated in October to promote and perpetuate the image of Rosario as the place where smoked fish called “Tinapang Salinas” originates -emerging as the "Garden Province", Laguna has a highly productive agriculture -the term "laguna" means lake - first called Kumintang, then Bonbon, and finally Batangas: "batang" meaning raft pertaining to those used for fishing in Taal lake or huge logs found in the Calumpang River - Batangas City is the capital - named after Dr. Jose Rizal - Antipolo City is the capital - named after Manuel L. Quezon - Lucena City is the capital Tourist Spots Festivals Festivals Festivals Tourist Spots Tourist Spots Tourist Spots Festivals Rizal Shrine the birthplace of the Philippines' national hero, one of the most frequented historical and tourist sites in Laguna Hidden Valley Springs A world-class resort in Alaminos, Laguna, Hidden Valley Springs is a 43-hectare tropical rainforest paradise Enchanted Kingdom Pagsanjan Falls located in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, this theme park was conceptualized by the Landmark Entertainment Group and modeled after Knott’s Berry Farm indigenous name: Magdapio Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines Festival of Lights in the celebration of Christmas, the people of San Pablo made it their tradition to adorn the front of their houses with strings of colorful lights Turumba Festival held 7 times each year between the months of April and May, commemorates the 7 sorrows of the Virgin Mary Coconut Festival held during the celebration of the city’s patron saint, St. Paul the First Hermit Bangkero Festival was launched in May, 1999 in Pagsanjan, Laguna as a showcase for the bravery of its boatmen (bangkeros) Apolinario Mabini Shrine houses the remains and personal memorabilia of the revolutionary hero Calatagan Peninsula a popular weekend retreat of Manila’s well to do Anilao a world famous dive site, the coastal village of Anilao has many sites worthy of any discriminating diver Mt. Makulot One of the highest and most prominent peaks in the province Anihan Festival aims to showcase the bountiful harvest in Batangas Sublian Festival the objective of the festival is to renew the practice of the subli Tinapay Festival one of a kind celebration showcasing different breads made by the people of Cuenca, Batangas Parada ng Lechon a parade of golden-red and crispy roasted pigs Puting Buhangin Beach located in the Pagbilao Grande area, pure white sand beach with crystal-clear and calm water Quezon National Park has an intricate system of caves, waterfalls, springs, creeks, gorges, and ravines against a quaint backdrop of lush greenery Villa Escudero 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of working coconut plantation and hacienda open to visitors as a resort Balabag Falls Balagbag falls is a two level cascade with a deep catch basin on the second cascade Feast of San Isidro Labrador / Pahiyas Festival the people of Lucban celebrate San Isidro’s feast day with varied festivities all over town, topped by the religious procession along the street where the houses are all decorated with native “pahiyas” (décor) almost the same as the one held in Lucban, only the pahiyas consists of fruits, vegetables, candies, breads, and other food either thrown or given to people after the patron saint has passed them. Feast of San Isidro / Agawan sa Sariaya different from Pahiyas sa Lucban – balwarte or arches are decorated with various agricultural products like bananas, vegetables, buco, pineapple, and root crops Feast of San Isidro / Balwarte sa Gumaca It is similar to the one in Lucban but less grandiose Feast of San Isidro / Mayohan sa Tayabas Daranak Falls one of the twin cascading falls, favorite summer get-away Batlag Falls one of the twin cascading falls, favorite summer get-away Masungi Rock Formation covers hundred of hectares with numerous rock formations, caves and springs Hinulugang Taktak adorned with flora & fauna, picnic cottages, swimming pools, foot paths and view decks complementary to the pleasure of the visitors Sikaran Festival Baras is known for popular traditional and local martial arts called Sikaran, a martial art using the bare hand and foot to defeat the enemy Feast of San Isidro Labrador celebrated with colorful and joyous procession of Carabaos pulling carts filled with myriad of farm produce Higantes Festival colorful pageantry of giant paper figures Marriage Burial Makamisa General Wedding Procedures: 1. Pamamanhikan
2. Paalam
3. Despedida de Soltera In Laguna, there is the
"Galahan" where the newlyweds
are to dance in front of their
relatives carrying a tray where
a glass of wine and bottle are
placed on top. In Morong, Rizal, there is the
"Panganga" which would help the newlyweds start financially.
There is also the "Hatiran"
where the bride accompanied
by her parents would transfer to
her new house. In Batangas, there are also
certain wedding procedures: 1. Bulungan
2. Paninilbihan
3. Bisperas
4. Tapos
5. Lipatan Traditional Burial Traditions: 1. Wake
2. Vigils
3. Burial
4. Nine-day-novena
5. 40th day
6. 'Waksi' (death anniversary) There arealso specific burial
traditions in Cavite: 1. On the day that the person died,
one family member would head
to the church to inform of the death.

2. The relatives of dead would dress
the corpse in the best clothes and do
their best to make the coffin beautiful.

3. During the wake, which usually lasts for 2 -3 days, the corpse must never be left alone.

4. "Dapit" - the procession from the house of the dead until where he or she will be buried.

5. The dead person is buried. Some rural area residents
in Cavite use trees as
burial places.
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