[VIGAN] ▬ THE VIGAN CROWD WAITING FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE
[VIGAN] ▬ THE CROWD WAITING IN FRONT OF THE CITY HALL AND BESIDE THE CHRISTMAS TREE VEILED WITH WHITE CURTAIN
[VIGAN] ▬ A POWERFUL LIGHT ILLUMINATES THE TOP OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE.
[VIGAN] ▬ FINALLY UNVEILED
[VIGAN] ▬ THE GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE, 6 LAYERS
[VIGAN] ▬ MANY MANNEQUINS DECORATED EACH LAYER
[VIGAN] ▬ SOARING HIGH
[VIGAN] ▬ THE TRAPPINGS
[VIGAN] ▬ MORE MANNEQUINS IN ARTISTIC COSTUMES
[VIGAN] ▬ WOMAN MANNEQUIN WITH INTRICATELY DESIGNED HEAD DRESS
[VIGAN] ▬ ONE OF THE LIGHTS ATTACHED TO THE CHRISTMAS TREE
[VIGAN] ▬ SOME DETAILS
The Christmas tree was designed with mannequins dressed with colorful and very detailed (up close) costumes from head to foot. The unveiling happened after the Raniag Street Dancing showdown, also held in front of the city hall.
THE MANY TRADITIONS AND RICH CULTURE OF Vigan is part of the Bigueños' social well-being. We get sad when we don't find people dancing on the streets to the tune of our culture and heritage. We get mad when our plazas don't stage events and shows. Indeed, we make it sure that these events will happen.
Six (6) festivals happen in Vigan yearly and each festival is jam-packed with distinct events that are different from the other Vigan festivals. Aside from the festivals, we also have other cultural activities that are as grandiose as our festivals. However, we don't consider them festivals—just plain traditions. Our Bigueño culture is so rich that it is not enough to express it in words—we need to express them in festivities and manifest it in our intangible good traditions for other people to understand. ▬ to be continued...
THINGS/PLACES INCLUDED IN THIS BLOG SERIES
[UP NEXT] ▬ EPISODE 02: THE STREETS ARE DARK, BUT IT WAS MADE BRIGHT BY...
Episode 01 | Episode 02
[VIGAN] ► 34 Photos from Raniag Twilight Festival 2015 Street Dancing
TEASER ▬ The Raniag Twilight Festival basically preludes the All Souls' Day in Vigan where a mass homecoming and reunion of the Ilocanos happen as a tradition.
| Episode 03
[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.
| Episode 04
[VIGAN] ► Candle Floaters Made Mestizo River Mesmerizing
TEASER ▬ ...light will always find its way to stand out in the darkness. It will always win.
| Episode 05
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 Photos here were taken on 26 October 2015.
 All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2
Map Showing the Location of #Vigan
MORE POSTS FROM THIS CATEGORY: *CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS*
[VIGAN] ► Procession: Observing the Semana Santa in Vigan_________________
TEASER ▬ I hope everyone shall change for the better. It should not just be a tradition but it should be a goal to enrich our spiritual lives.
[VIGAN] ► Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) Scenes_________________
TEASER ▬ This is Holy Week up north. This is Vigan, like any other places in the Philippines.
[VIGAN] ► Santa Cruzan in Vigan's Flores de Mayo_________________
TEASER ▬ Bigueños love cultural events a lot because we also love our cultural heritage double fold.
[VIGAN] ► Rakit Race: Bamboos and Balance at Mestizo River_________________
TEASER ▬ The historic Mestizo river is the place to see. For the very first time, I witnessed an event called rakit race.
[VIGAN] ► The Lion Dance and the Culture on the 3rd of May_________________
TEASER ▬ I thought I already know a lot about its history and culture but I realized that the more I discover new things, the more questions leave me hanging.
[VIGAN] ► The Holy Mass for Sto Cristo Milagroso de Vigan_________________
TEASER ▬ This time, it's a team. The image of Sto Cristo Milagroso de Vigan was placed above the middle of a temporary altar that was especially set up for today's use.
[VIGAN] ► How Holy Week is Celebrated in Vigan? (What You Need to Know)_________________
TEASER ▬ ...you can't take away the fact that Good Friday is Vigan's most crowded day and Vigan's religious culture is the phoenix. The minority creeps out in oblivion—its powerlessness revealed.
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