Here in Cavite City, we have an annual festivity known as the “Bangenge Festival”. It’s more like a Christmas tradition in our city where different representatives from schools and barangay are participating in a grand parade of our so-called “Bangenge”. I am not really aware where this “bangenge” term derived from but we’ve been using it since we were kids. Bangenge are like giant mascots made from paper-mâché. Their frames are often made from baskets and bamboo sticks while the skins are all made from old newspapers or magazines with the help of their home made paste and then once dry, they will adorn it with colorful paints and flamboyant accessories.They said that Cavite City has been celebrating the Bangenge Festival since early 70’s. It’s relatively new compare to other festivities of the nearby towns. It may also remind you of the famous Higantes Festival of Angono, Rizal but what makes Bangenge Festival more distinctive is the fact that it is free form. Therefore, participants can create characters based on their own preferences. There is no specific theme here and characters can be based from cartoons, games, movies, or even popular personalities.
The “Pasiklaban ng mga Bangenge” usually starts every second week of December. All the Bangenge will be put on an exhibit for several days before their grand parade. Keep in mind that this is also a contest where judges will pick the best Bangenge and the lucky creators will win cash prizes in return. This is the reason why every participants are putting so much effort on their works and some of them are even spending months just to create their Bangenge. I participated once on this event when I was in highschool along with my classmates (sadly we didn’t get any prize but it was a fun experience though). Without any further ado, here are some of the best looking Bangenge I took from the exhibit. Enjoy! ShrekRoronoa Zoro (One Piece)Monkey D Luffy (One Piece)
Peace ^_^StitchJimmy NeutronBaymax (Big Hero 6)Annie, The Dark Child (League of Legends)Oh (Home)Another Oh (Home) with my sisterAnger (Inside Out)Another AngerPhoto op with Anger LOLSadness (Inside Out)Shaggy And Scooby DooSofia The FirstMinionsI think they took the Giant Minion scene from the movie. Check out these little minions on his arm!We saw a lot of Clash of Clans- inspired mascots here. Here’s a Wizard!An ArcherAnother Wizardand Of course, the BarbarianCarl from UpRaphael (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle)Master Roshi from Dragonball Z flexing some muscles
I personally think that the highlight of the Bangenge Festival this year are those mascots inspired from the Kalyeserye most especially the AlDUb!Here’s my photo op with Yaya Dub!And another one doing the Pabebe Wave LOLand another one…. i just can’t get enough..Of course, it is not a KalyeSerye without Lola NidoraAnd there comes Frankie Arinoli too!It was a great experience and I must commend all the participants for some incredible craftsmanship they offer. I just can’t imagine how much time and effort they put in making such incredible masterpiece! Kudos to all!Win or lose, you guys did a great job! By the way, aside from the Bangenge, they also have the “Parada ng mga Kuneho” (a Rabbit lantern Parade) and also a Lantern-making Contest too and I am going to post them on a separate entry.
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