October 2011

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 "...this is just an art and there's nothing harmful about those, they just  look scary."

The old heritage city is just "I think" a perfect place for thrill seekers this Halloween season given the idea that the old ancestral houses are once a home for ancestors who are now dead. Although it is true, this is not a ground to be fearful in Vigan because the city is just making fun of the ghosts and engkanto that roams the city freely this Halloween. The city has just formulated the RANIAG Twilight Festival for everyone to enjoy the Halloween as a form of merry-making and fun in Vigan City.

Now let's check out some of the horror characters who have invaded the heritage city of Vigan. This is still a part of the Raniag Twilight Festival 2011.


Mangkukulam/Mambabarang

In Ilocano they are called Manggagamod and they have found a space on Vigan's streets. Mangkukulam is popular in urban legends with the mythical belief that they can incur illnesses to the victim using a goo-goo doll. Usually physicians can not diagnose the illness. According to legends, they do this because of envy.

This witch (mangkukulam) carries with her the silyasi as a tool for her kulam activities.
The Mangkukulam in Motion
Smoke keeps coming out from the silyasi
Picture taking with the followers of the mangkukulam
Tried myself to have immersed with these engkantos that freely roam around the city center.

Well, there's nothing to fear because they are just a mere simulation of the urban legends. 

In fact, I was enjoying the costume party although I don't encourage everyone to wear a costume not friendly to kids. Parental guidance is always advised.

Unknown Maligno

This next creature as I called it "unknown maligno" is of course unknown to me, lol. It is my first time to see this kind of creature and I just salute the creativity of its creators.


Frightening creatures of the underworld keep appearing. There are creatures that I have never seen before and the photo above has a long tongue that keeps lying off the throat.

The reddish color was so creative as it tried to blend with the blackish motif that creates goosebumps.

Aswang

Aswang is also very popular on the Pinoy urban legends being able to separate it's lower and upper body and leave the other on the ground and the upper half can fly up the sky and look for a victim. Legends tell that aswang's favorite victims are the the pregnant women. They love to eat human internal organs as well as of the animals around. They become a normal person before the sun shines.

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  "Although many have embraced a child-friendly concept, still many of the participants have created floats which are not so child-friendly and these include witches, zombies, aswang, kapre and other malignos."

It is Halloween Season but in Vigan, Halloween is not covered by fear and a trembling effect of paranoia but it is full of lights and celebration. This is how Vigan welcomes the Halloween. It preludes the Halloween with festivities and glamorous parades. This festival is called the "RANIAG" TWILIGHT FESTIVAL. Raniag is an Ilocano word that is equivalent to shine, light or glare.

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The Raniag Twilight Festival is actually a series of activities and it is a week-long celebration prior to All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day.

The Vigan streets are filled with lights or in Ilocano "raniag."

They are the lights that combat the fear of the younger about ghost stories and urban legend. The festival has made the night so colorful. The float parade is in fact the highlight of the festival featuring the creativity of the Bigueños.


39 barangays of Vigan has 1 float each and every float should be carried by a tricycle so it was a challenge for everyone to make a float on a tricycle.

The theme is of course about Halloween but some just prefer to create child-friendly floats that is not too far from the theme. So, others just prefer to be angels, fairies and others. But I just noticed that it was like a Ms. Gay in a costume parade segmet. LOL!


Thousands of watchers, tourists, residents and visitors flocked at the Plaza Salcedo. Vigan's main Avenue including the famed Calle Crisologo at the Heritage Village was closed to give way for the colorful floats which are all stunning with lights in full color and creativity. Some floats are as high as 25-30 feet owning a temporary glory under the dark night sky.




Although many have embraced a child-friendly concept, still many of the participants have created floats which are not so child-friendly and these include witches, zombies, aswang, kapre and other malignos.

More of the not so child-friendly photos on my next post. So do watch out for my next post to keep updated with this event.


More: Check out the other years I've covered ► | 2015

[VIGAN] ▬ Blog Coverage: 133 Photos from Raniag Electric FLoat Parade 2015 + Insights


TEASER ► Festival dancers dressed themselves with both luminescence and heat-based light. They have to stand out in the dark—that is the very essence of this artful cultural event.

| 2013

[VIGAN] ▬ Raniag Twilight Festival 2013: Float Parade - Photo Coverage


TEASER ► The Raniag Float Parade is one of the highlights of the week-long Raniag Twilight Festival in Vigan.

| 2011 |

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