[VIGAN] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO VIGAN!
[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. The altar was on a platform accentuated by ornamental plants.
and ends with a procession. But this is not limited to Roman Catholicism. It's just a part of the whole package. I'll tell you more about this below.
During Tres de Mayo, households of the nine (9) poblacion barangays of Vigan prepare for a feast. Each household anticipates that visitors are coming to celebrate with them. It's a fiesta day! In some cases, it's a taboo not to prepare a food for visitors during Tres de Mayo.
Sto Cristo Milagroso de Vigan (Apo Lakay)
Simbaan a Bassit
[VIGAN] ► THE SIMBAAN A BASSIT
[VIGAN] ► THE SIMBAAN A DAKKEL
The Holy Mass of Tres de Mayo
[VIGAN] ► A RAMADA HOUSES THE ALTAR FOR THE TRES DE MAYO MASS
[VIGAN] ► TRES DE MAYO MASS IN FRONT OF SIMBAAN A BASSIT
The Chinese Lion Dance
[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.
done in different locations and streets in Vigan signifies the strong presence of Chinese culture mixed with the local culture. The Chinese elements of Tres de Mayo is actually related to the veneration of Apo Lakay and Roman Catholicism as a whole.
[VIGAN] ► TRES DE MAYO LION DANCE
[VIGAN] ► Ramada: Thanksgiving Culture and Traditional Games
TEASER ▬ The ramada traditional games happen every Tres de Mayo. Tres de Mayo is a feast day honoring Apo Lakay or the Sto Cristo Milagroso de Vigan who is believed to have saved Vigan from a plague in 1882.
. For the Chinese, they had their lion dance and the Chinese opera called kaw-kah which is still alive in Vigan up to these days. Though done separately by these groups of people in Vigan, the activities all happen within Tres de Mayo and the concept of the cultural events and activities are all interrelated and interconnected.
The Kaw-Kah (Bigueño Chinese Opera)
[VIGAN] ► KAW-KAH (VIGAN'S CHINESE OPERA) - PHOTO BY CRISPULO ARQUERO III
[VIGAN] ► RAMADA IN BRGY VIII, VIGAN
03 MAY 2016: RAMADA IN SANTA ELENA VILLAGE, BRGY VIII
THIS RAMADA WAS COLORFULLY DECORATED WITH BANDERITAS. THE RAMADA IS PART OF THE TRES DE MAYO TRADITIONS OF VIGAN.
[VIGAN] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO THE TRES DE MAYO DE VIGAN
► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC
 This post is filed under the category "Special Features." This is a category here on my blog where I write my experiences, note down my insights and post photo essays about interesting subjects I've seen or experienced then I weave them into stories. There is a section below where you can see other related posts from this category.
 All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2
 All photos are mine except for the Chinese opera photo courtesy of Crispulo Arquero III..
 The insights, conditions and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you experience or see the Tres de Mayo in Vigan. Names of places and properties may also change by time.
Map Showing the Location of #Vigan
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