Teksto ni Richard R. Gappi
Handa na ang humigit-kumulang 120 higante at higantitos na gawa ni Totie para sa Higantes Grand Festival parade sa Linggo, 7:00AM.
Binisita ng aRNO ngayong hapon ng Biyernes, Nov. 17 si Totie, na bukod sa dati niyang mga gawa, may mga bago siyang likha.
Kabilang dito ang higantito na baby (20 inches), higanteng apo (40 inches), higanteng anak (55 inches) at mga higanteng mag-asawa na 8 feet ang taas.
Mayroon ding higante ng mga cartoon characters tulad ni Mickey Mouse at Donal Duck.
Si Totie ang isa sa mga masigasig na gumagawa at nagpapa-evolve sa itsura ng higante. Dati ay nagawa niya ang Higanteng Bahay Kubo na mga gulay na nabanggit sa awiting bayan.
Mayroon din siyang mga higanteng nakakatakot at mga imahen sa mito at tradisyon na inilalabas tuwing Undas.
Si Totie ay 30 taon nang gumagawa ng higante.
Media Advisory: Higantes Festival parade on Sunday, November 19, 2017 features more than 100 Higantes
From: Angono Public Information Office/Office of the Mayor
Around 100 higantes or giant papier mache are expected to parade around the town during the Higantes Festival on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
The parade will start at 7:00 in the morning at Rainbow Village/SM Center Angono and will end at the Angono Municipal Compound.
Angono is known as the ‘Art Capital of the Philippines’ and ‘Home of the Higantes Festival’.
The festival is an expression of the Municipality’s gratitude to its town patron St. Clement whose feast is celebrated on the 23rd of November.
As a cultural icon, the meaning of ‘higante’ has evolved from the orally held tradition as symbol of protest to festivity and ‘giant’ aspiration of Angoneweños to bring about meaningful change and inclusive growth while remaining keen on their sense of history and artistic community deeply held by their ancestors.
The municipality is led by Mayor Gerry Calderon and Vice-Mayor Antonio Rubin.
It has achieved three unprecedented awards this year namely three-time recipient of Seal of Good Local Governance, two-time awardee of Gawad Galing Pook, and 3rd Most Competitive among 1st-2nd class municipalities in the Philippines.