"...light will always find its way to stand out in the darkness. It will always win."

[VIGAN, ILOCOS SUR, PHILIPPINES] ▬ The world always has its dark side. It's the darkness that veil the beauty of what's hiding within. Thank God the light always comes like a knight in shining armor releasing the spectacle from the bondage of nothingness. Mestizo River, a historical waterway in Vigan, grabs back its old glory when the people of Vigan started to rediscover its worth.

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► CANDLE FLOATERS AT MESTIZO RIVER IN BEDDENG DAYA


▬ Mestizo River ▬


#VIGAN


MESTIZO RIVER PLAYED A GREAT ROLE IN the history of our little city, Vigan. It's been a portal of entry for people of foreign lands who fell in love with the charm of the old town. Chinese traders and the Spanish colonizers utilized this river centuries ago. Then these people settled here plotting an urbanscape and culture that's so unique. UNESCO has spoken. No place in Asia can parallel the substance and character of this town.

For the information of those who are not yet aware, the city of Vigan offers a MESTIZO RIVER CRUISE. It's actually a fun way of learning the history of Vigan.

Mestizo River is also the site of the annual candle floaters offering ceremony. It's one of the events of the Raniag Twilight Festival. The site of offering  is specifically located at the river cruise dock in Celedonia Garden of Brgy Beddeng Laud.

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► CANDLE FLOATERS DRIFTING

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► SO YEAH, THIS IS NIGHT IN MESTIZO RIVER

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► ADDING COLOR TO THE RIVER

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► DRIFTING AWAY


▬ The River is Back to Life! ▬


I'VE JOINED THIS EVENT MANY TIMES BUT it's only now that I have the time to blog about it. Hundreds of people gathered in the river cruise dock including some politicians and our friends from the media.

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► A CHILD HANDLING A CANDLE FLOATER

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► CANDLE FLOATERS

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► THE RIVER WAS SO CALM. THIS MAN HELPS THE FLOATERS DRIFT AWAY.

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► A CANDLE FLOATER

MESTIZO RIVER

[VIGAN] ► PEOPLE WENT TO THIS BOAT TO RELEASE THEIR CANDLE FLOATERS


The dark space turned to a spectacle. I always say this, light will always find its way to stand out in the darkness. It will always win.

It's nice to see that Bigueños are reviving this river. Its story has long been forgotten but through events like this, this river is getting the attention back that it deserves.  ▬ end

THINGS/PLACES INCLUDED IN THIS BLOG SERIES

[END] ▬ CANDLE FLOATERS AT MESTIZO RIVER


► BLOG SERIES: RANIAG TWILIGHT FESTIVAL 2015 COVERAGE

Episode 01

[VIGAN] ► Unveiling of Christmas Tree, an Annual Bigueño Tradition


TEASER ▬ 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.

| 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 |

This is the Episode 04 of this blog series. Watch out for the earlier episodes to follow the flow of the event.


► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] This post is filed under the category "Night Exploration." To see more posts from this category, scroll down and look for the "More Posts from this Category..." section below.

[2] Photos here were taken on 27 October 2015.

[3] All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2

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Born and Raised in Vigan, Philippines. Hardcore Ilocano. Genuine Bigueño. Sucker of Long Land Trips. Loves the Highlands. Professional Nurse on Weekdays. Coffee Addict. Travel Blogger in Between. For sponsorship, advertising, event invites and collaborations email me at edmaration@gmail.com.

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