Rizal Province Festivals

This page lists articles of all festivals in Rizal province. Every town in Rizal has their own festivals to celebrate annually. You can check here the schedule of activities and upcoming festivals in Rizal.

List of Festivals in Rizal Province

A year ago, we posted festivals of Rizal province that are mostly religious ones. This time, we’d like to collate the other festivals so you can check them out once you plan to visit the province.

HAMAKA Festival (Taytay) – February 9 to 15

Giwang Giwang Festival (Binangonan) – every Good Friday

Festivals of Rizal ProvinceTayo na sa Antipolo (Antipolo City) – April 30

Carabao Festival (Angono) – May 14 and 15

Turumba Festival (Teresa) – August 23

Parada ng Kakanin (San Mateo) – September 9

Hane Festival (Tanay) – November 12 to 20

Higantes Festival (Angono) – November 22 and 23

Kaluskos Bamboo Arch Festival (Cardona) – every first week of December

Kaluskos Bamboo Arch Festival of Cardona

Bamboo Arches are traditionally used in different celebrations like town’s fiesta, weddings, anniversaries and other important events of the year in Cardona. This kind of folk art is made of bamboos decorated and crafted by craftsman. Making this arch needs a skillful worker or group of workers using sharp bolos for ornaments and designs of the bamboos before forming into arch.

This artistry in Cardona has been part of the town’s culture and tradition.It was named “Kaluskos ng Kawayan”. This name was derived from squeaky sounds produced when making the arch, like hissing f the snake, cockling chickens etc. And from then, the town celebrate Kaluskos Bamboo Arch Festival every first week of December.

image and source from:rizalprovince.gov.ph

Turumba Festival of Teresa, Rizal

Today, August 23, Teresa, Rizal is celebrating Turumba Festival. This is done every year during the feast of Saint Rose of Lima called “Turumba sa Birhen” which means a unique dance dedicated to Saint Rose of Lima, the patron saint of Teresa.

Song and dance rites are practiced and participated by children, young and old who dance with the accompaniment of the musical band. It is participated by children, young and old who dance with the accompaniment of the musical band. They wear costumes with big salakot decorated with multi colored Japanese papers and dance their way from the church to the different barangays of the town. They get hold of any branches of trees and shrubs found on their way to use as their swaying instruments for the dance.

image from:wikipedia.org

Tanay’s HANE Festival

Last year, Tanay, Rizal celebrated its first HANE Festival.

HANE comes from their term of saying OK.

It starts November 12 which happens to be the anniversary of San Ildefonso Parish, the towns Parish, and ends November 20.

This festival also shows the beauty of Tanay. There are contests, Street Parade and Amateurs at the Tanay park during the festival.

The festival begins when the soldiers fire the cannon with Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Rev. Fr. Noeh Elnar and Rev. Fr. Jose Evan Yuri Alumbro after the mass for the Anniversary of the Parish.

Another Festival that will surely entertain us. 🙂


Rizal Province Festivals You Might Want to Experience

Article contributed by Pael Balbaboco

Rizal is one of the places I’ve always wanted to explore. Since I was younger, I was never given the chance to explore the other parts in this province. Every summer, our family will always attend a mass at the Antipolo Church, and we will buy suman and kasoy after the mass.

Then, we will drop by at Hinulugang-Taktak for lunch. And we will go home. That’s all I can remember in our Antipolo trips. This place, for me, is mysterious, and I bet, there is more to be discovered by a young adventure-seeking kid like me.

Whenever I visit a town, I always make it a point that I am there just in time for the big festivals. And I heard that festivities in Rizal are fun and very interesting. So here are some of the festivals in Rizal Province that you and I might want to experience next year.

• Santo Entierro. Celebrated in Binangonan on Good Friday. On Good Friday, Christ symbolically dies at three in the afternoon. His image is entered in a niche-like carroza or float covered with glass. Hundreds of male devotees scramble for the chance to carry the image and bear the carroza towards the church where it is laid to its final rest.

• Feast of San Clemente. One of the major festivals celebrated by the townfolks of Angono is the San Clemente Festival held every 23rd of November. San Clemente is the patron saint of fishermen, highly revered by the people of Angono since this coastal town is inhabited by fisherfolk. On the actual feast day, the image of San Clemente is carried on a barge in Laguna Lake, with a fluvial procession participated in by most of the residents of the town. The fishermen and their families are dressed in their fishermen’s clothes bearing their occupational gear – boat paddles, fish nets, traps, etc. and accompany the image back to the church. Little children called “parehadors” are dressed in colorful costumes and put up a mardi gras-like procession in salutation of the image of San Clemente.

• Giwang-giwang. A play re-enacting the funeral of Jesus Christ through a procession on Good Friday. Due to the influx of tourists, devotees try to touch the Sepulkro or sepulcher making it sway, hence, its local translation, the term Giwang-giwang. People searching for an amulet or anting-anting join this religious activity. Celebrated at Binangonan, Rizal.

• Salubong Festival. Celebrated at Angono, Rizal. Black Saturday is highlighted by a 3-hour presentation at the churchyard wherein high-tech stage decorations and sound system with trained production staff assist the “Vigilia ng Muling Pagkabuhay” as they are fondly called by the parish. Easter Sunday celebration is held in a place called Galilea where the reunion of the Risen Christ with the Virgin Mary is re-enacted.

• Tayo na sa Antipolo Festival at Antipolo City. A month-long celebration to honor Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Devotees are seen taking the much-trodden path leading to Antipolo. The image, which is already three centuries old, is said to exhibit supernatural powers. In the evening of April 30, thousands of pilgrims from several places in Metro Manila and nearby towns begin an annual trek to the path, on foot.

How I wish I’d visit Rizal sooner – the old but picturesque Antipolo church, the delicious suman sa ibos (which tastes heaven with white refined sugar), the crunchy kasoy, and the turtle I saw at Hinulugan-Taktak. I really look forward that someday, I’d be in Rizal in these festivals, taking photos, sharing smiles and fun with the people around me, and go home tired but happy.

Experience Rizal!