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|Nickname(s): "Art Capital of the Philippines", "Home of the Higantes Festival", "ASEAN Culture Capital"|
|Motto: "Angono: An Artist's Paradise, A Tourist's Haven"|
Map of Rizal showing the location of Angono
|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|District||1st District of Rizal|
|• Mayor||Gerardo V. Calderon, MPA (NPC)|
|• Total||26.22 km2 (10.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
Angono is a first class urban municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines. It is best known as the "Art Capital of the Philippines", being the hometown of national artist for music Lucio San Pedro and national artist for visual arts Carlos "Botong" Francisco, as well as the site of the Angono Petroglyphs, the oldest known work of art in the Philippines.
The town is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of Manila, and with the continuous expansion of the metropolis, is now considered part of Metro Manila's conurbation. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 102,407 inhabitants (or about 4% of Rizal province's total population of 2,848,840).
First created as a pueblo in 1766, Angono was a barrio of its neighboring town Taytay and Binangonan before it was legally proclaimed an independent municipality in 1938 by then President Manuel L. Quezon.
- Mahabang Parang
- Poblacion Ibaba
- Poblacion Itaas – the least populous barangay with 612 persons
- San Isidro – the most populous barangay with 26,505 persons
- Santo Niño
- San Pedro
- San Roque
- San Vicente
|Population census of Angono|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
- Jerimae Calderon (NPC)
- Jo Ann Saguinsin (NPC)
- Januver Tiamson (NPC)
- Sherwin Lagaya (NP)
- Armando Villamayor (NPC)
- Bryan Cruz (LP)
- Ginoclem Miranda (NPC)
- Patnubay Tiamson (NP)
- ABC President: PB Ruben Unidad
|Antonio A. Ibañez||Mayor||1938||1940|
|Domingo S. Villamayor||Mayor||1940||1946|
|Simplicio Villamarin||Mayor||February 1945||March 1945|
|Antonio A. Ibañez||Mayor||1947||1950|
|Ponciano A. Rivera||Mayor||1950||1951|
|Roman S. Reyes||Mayor||1951||1955|
|Saturnino V. Tiamson||Mayor||1955||1957|
|Ponciano A. Rivera||Mayor||1957||1972|
|Saturnino V. Tiamson||Mayor||1972||1986|
|Nemesio B. Miranda||OIC||1986||1988|
|Vivencio B. Villamayor, MD||Mayor||1988||1995|
|Saturnino V. Tiamson||Mayor||1995||1998|
|Gerardo V. Calderon||Mayor||1998||2007|
|Aurora A. Villamayor||Mayor||2007||2010|
|Gerardo V. Calderon||Mayor||2010||Present|
There are several business establishments present in the booming town of Angono. The SM Center Angono is considered as one of the major businesses in town. Trade and commerce are active, such data processing, pawnshops and banks as well. With nearly 100,000 inhabitants in this urbanized town, progress is at its peak. The proposed Angono Fish Port to be constructed at the lakeside shore of Laguna de Bay will soon boost more business opportunities and easier access from the nearby towns situated at the shores of the said lake. Angono is known as the Arts Capital of the Philippines. With the existence of numerous business establishments and leisure hubs/historical sites, this town is surely a tourist destination.
Angono is the hometown of two national artists, Lucio San Pedro for music and Carlos "Botong" Francisco for visual arts. One of the public schools in Brgy. Mahabang Parang is named Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco National High School in honor of the said artist. The town also boasts of other artists like Nemi Miranda known as Nemiranda, Perdigon Vocalan, Jose "Pitok" Blanco and the Blanco Family, tattoo artist Herbert "Ebok" Sausa Pinpiño. Around the town are artworks like various sculptures.
Angono also boasts of several actors/actresses Joey Hipolito, Freddie Reynoso, Zoraida Sanchez, Mike Tan, Nikki Gil, and BJ Forbes; news anchor Sandra Aguinaldo and film director Cathy Garcia-Molina.
The artistic town of Angono celebrates the feast of Pope St. Clement I every November 22 to 23 of each year. There are times that this coincides with the feast of Christ the King. The celebration starts with the novena mass on the 14th till 22nd day of November, the devotees in prayer and thanksgiving, dance in the church patio after the novena mass. The dancing was accompanied by the Angono band with the church bell ringing after playing the music.
The Bisperas Mayores or the day before the feast day was celebrated with a parade of the marching bands and drum and lyres sponsored by each barangay of Angono, this was held in the morning and early afternoon. The morning parade usually starts in Rainbow Village and ends at the church patio where the devotees again dances in praise and thanksgiving while the marching bands are playing. The afternoon parade are also joined by the higantes, local government officials and employees, commercial establishments in Angono, schools and other Angono socio and civic groups.
The celebration on the morning of November 23 starts with a concelebrated mass with the Bishop of Antipolo. The procession follows after the mass with the parehadoras, higantes and devotees joining the image of San Isidro, St. Clement and Blessed Virgin Mary in a procession leading to the banks of Laguna de Bay in Brgy. San Vicente for the fluvial procession, fishes like kanduli, tilapia and bangus which are caught by the fishermen devotees during the fluvial procession are displayed near the image of St. Clement. The images, devotees and member of the band ride the pagoda for the procession in the lake which will end at the other side of the lake in Brgy. Poblacion Ibaba. The road procession again will start with merry making of parehadoras, higantes and wet devotees that will end in the church. Filipino artistry is truly alive in every celebration in Angono.
Viva Cristo Rey
The feast of Christ the King which was held on the Sunday before the 1st Sunday of Advent usually coincides with the feast of St. Clement. The Viva San Clemente! celebration banners usually includes “Mabuhay ang Kristong Hari !” slogans to remind the people that Christ is the Lord and to proclaim Christ as the King of all nations. This is also a reminder that St. Clement is only a servant of God which somehow does not need adoration of the people because our Lord has already given him the highest honor – a blessing of a Saint – Angono’s patron and inspiration. Viva San Clemente
Pope St. Clement I was the fourth Pope after St. Peter. He faithfully proclaim Christ during his time and till he was martyred by being thrown into the sea with an iron anchor. The people of Angono celebrate St. Clement’s feast day with a fluvial procession in the waters of Laguna de Bay as a reminder and inspiration of his faith in God. Higantes of Angono
It was said that the higantes started during the Spanish colonial times,It was borrowed to Kampong of Binangonan. when Angono was once a hacienda and ruled by Spanish hacienderos The Guido. The Angono land tillers way of protesting their struggle is by making giant effigy of their landlords whose hands are usually high up on their waist.
The body of the traditional higante are made of bamboo and colorful cloth and its faces of paper mache. The three old higantes of Angono consists of the family of giants – the father, mother and child higante, they traditionally add color and fun during the fiesta celebration. It was in the late 80s when the late Angono artist Perdigon Vocalan brought the idea of the Higantes Festival by going out of the traditional family of giants and advocating having more higantes in the fiesta by coordinating with the barangays of Angono to come up with Higantes that will represent their barangay. At present, the Higantes of Angono can be seen in fiesta celebrations around the Philippines and in national cultural presentations, the major being the Centennial Parade in the Quirino Grandstand for the Philippine Centennial celebration in 1998.
The higantes are made of paper-mache. Higantes measures four to five feet in diameter and ten to twelve feet in height. Traditionally, it began in the last century when Angono was a Spanish hacienda. This higantes was influenced by the Mexican art form of paper-mache brought by the Spanish priests to the Philippines.
Angono, Rizal | November 22–23 Angono’s joyous fiesta in honor of San Clemente whose image, resplendent in papal investment, is borne by male devotees during a procession accompanied by parehadoras devotees dressed in colorful local costumes, wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles and higantes, giant paper mache effigies. The street event culminates in fluvial procession at the Laguna de Bay amidst revelry that continues until the image is brought back to its sanctuary.
The traditional parehadoras are group of young girls holding paddles and wearing bakya or wooden slippers and dressed in a colorful outfit which joins the procession in the feast day of St. Clement. They usually march at the beat of the band playing alongside with them. Now with a dying lake, the tradition of the Parehadora is now just a reminder that Angono was once a fishing village and thrives at the harvest of Laguna Lake.
Black Saturday is highlighted by 3-hour presentation of “Vigilia na Muling Pagkabuhay” at the patio of the church. On Easter Sunday, a celebration is held of the reunion of the Risen Christ with Virgin Mary is reenacted. It is facilitated by young girl inside an inverted giant paper flower suspended the removal of the mourning veil from Mary’s head by a from bamboo trellis. The petals are mechanically opened by giant toy birds to reveal the girl inside. It is then followed by a religious dancing of young ladies called “Kapitana” and “Tenyenta”, to the tune of “Bati”.
Higantes Festival is now promoted as tourism-generating event in the country. This attracts numerous tourist from all over the world.
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