As devotees brought the Black Nazarene in town for the yearly pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage on November 29, Angono's signature Higantes - eight of them, plus Santa Claus - strolled along the streets of poblacion at dusk. A band set the pace of merriment; strains of that old folk song tells they are visitors also to the land known for kasuy and the once pristine waterfalls.
The visit of the Black Nazarene ushers in the feast day of the Virgin on Dec. 8. Both religious icons share a symbiotic history during the time of the war. And the devotees have kept on the tradition over kilometers of road between Antipolo and Quiapo and clung on to their faith throughout years of change.
Nov. 29, 2010