BATINGAW FESTIVAL 2015

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In the Philippines, churches always have a bell fry which is rung for many reasons.  Foremost of all, it is used to call people to church during Sundays and days of obligations.  During the war, the church bells were rung when invaders are detected approaching a town.  Thus, church bells, in the olden days, play a very important role in a community in the Philippines.

When is the Batingaw Festival in 2015?

Batingaw Festival starts on January 10, 2015 which is Saturday and ends on January 16, 2015 which is Friday.

The Batingaw Festival is celebrated annually from January 10 to 16.

Where is the Batingaw Festival celebrated?

 Batingaw Festival is celebrated in Cabuyao City located in Laguna, Philippines.  Cabuyao came from a Filipino word “Kabuyaw” which refers to a local tree bearing a fruit used as a shampoo in the olden days.  This was used to name the Laguna town which was eventually changed to “Cabuyao” by a Spanish friar.  It became a city in 2012 by virtue of the Republic Act No. 10163.

Cabuyao had been named as the richest municipality in the Philippines as it is the place where large factories of the multinational companies are located.  A large portion of its populace consist of migrants working in industrial estates such as, Nestle Philippines; San Miguel Corporation; Asia Brewery Incorporated; and Tanduay Distillers Incorporated to name a few.

What is the Batingaw Festival all about?

The Batingaw Festival commemorates the legendary Kampanang Ginto in Cabuyao.  Kampanang ginto means “Golden Church Bell.” The simultaneous ringing of church bells in Cabuyao marks the start of Batingaw Festival. The people of Cabuyao believe that ringing of the church bells will bring good agricultural harvest for the year.

How is the Batingaw Festival celebrated?

The festival starts with a parade of the Kampanang Ginto, floats and a motorcade of vehicles.  It is participated by the local government, Cabuyao’s eighteen barangays, public and private schools of different levels, and business establishments in the city.  During the joyful week, activities such as street dancing, trade fair exhibits and singing contests are done.

The peak of the celebration is marked by fireworks at night, announcement and awarding of prizes to the different competitions during the week, and the declaration of the year’s winners for the Search for Cabuyao’s Mutya and Lakan.  This beauty pageant is the common finale in all Philippine fiestas.  This is a preliminary contest for the city’s entry to the National Binibining Pilipinas contest.

When is the Batingaw Festival in 2016?

The Batingaw Festival will take place on a Sunday, January 10 and will continue until Saturday, January 16, 2016.

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