CELEBRATION OF THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL ARTS MONTH
The month of February is declared as the Philippine National Arts Month under the Proclamation No. 683 that is ratified on January 28, 1991. National Arts Month aims to intensify the people’s awareness on the artistic talents of every Filipino; to promote Philippine Culture and Arts empowering Filipino creativity and imagination; and to give recognition and significance to all artists in the country.
This one-month celebration is led by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in coordination with the Philippine Arts Festival (PAF). All LGUs are encouraged to hold different activities that will promote different forms of art in their localities. In Antipolo, this is usually celebrated by conducting cultural shows, painting contests and other art-related contests that will unleash individual artistry.
PAGLIKAS NG MGA ANTIPOLEÑO KASAMA ANG MAHAL NA BIRHEN PATUNGONG SITIO COLAIQUE
On the 19th day of February 1945, people of Antipolo decided to abandon their homes to escape the wrath brought about by the Japanese occupation during the outbreak of World War II. They brought with them the image of the Virgin of Antipolo, through the initiative of the Sacristan Mayor Procopio Angeles, which miraculously hid them from the aerial view of the Tora-Tora planes while they were on their way to their temporary sanctuary in Sitio Colaique.
This historical event is re-enacted every year to commemorate the strong faith and resilience of the people of Antipolo during the World War II. A procession, led by the parish, will start from the Cathedral going to Colaique. A Holy Mass is celebrated at the exact place where the people found their sanctuary in Sitio Colaique. This is to be followed by a short program highlighting and remembering that fateful night of February 19, 1945.
LIBERATION DAY OF ANTIPOLO
It was on March 12, 1945 when the town of Antipolo was liberated from the Japanese invasion after the Americans successfully overthrew the Japanese troops. The townspeople returned to the war-torn Antipolo after 20 days of a bloody battle between the Japanese and the Americans.
On Liberation Day, the City Government of Antipolo prepares a special program to the local war veterans to give recognitions and importance to their valor and heroism during the war.
Antipolo was converted from a municipality into a component city in the Province of Rizal when the Republic Act 8508 was legislated on April 4, 1998 through the determined efforts of then Congressman Gilberto “Bibit” Duavit, Sr., who authored its bill and other political kingpins of the province, namely the late Cong. Emigdio “Ding” Tanjuatco, Jr.; Gov. Casimiro “Ito” Ynares Jr., late Antipolo Mayor Daniel Garcia, and then DILG Undersecretary and later became the city mayor in 2007, the late Victor Sumulong, who all met together at a luncheon meeting in 1995 that begun the long process for Antipolo’s cityhood.
Immediately the following year, Duavit filed the bill for Antipolo to become a component city under the province of Rizal. Pres. Fidel Ramos, in 1998, signed the bill to make it a law. Since then, Antipolo had become one of the fastest growing cities in the country receiving accolades and recognitions from various award-giving bodies and national agencies.
The city of Antipolo celebrates this momentous event with a grandiose parade of floats along the streets of Quatro Cantos with the participation of the city employees, 16 barangays and business sectors.
ANNUAL ALAY LAKAD and PENITENTIAL WALK
Being a predominantly Catholic nation, Filipinos observe the Holy Week with fervor and devotion. The Filipino’s tradition of close-knit family units is very evident during the Lenten Season.
This annual penitential walk serves as an inspiration during the season of Lent to give thanks to God and to relive the passion of Christ. A throng of people, usually estimated at more than 2 million, treks to Antipolo on the eve of Maundy Thursday to show penitence as well as to pay homage to the miraculous image of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Nuestra Señora Dela Paz y Buen Viaje). After which, some of these throng of people will traverse to Via Dolorosa, formerly known as “The White Cross,” to visit the Stations of the Cross. The number of patrons participating in this observance increases annually indicating that Antipolo City is indeed a Pilgrimage City.
KAPITANES AND KAPITANAS: THE ANNUAL EASTER BALL
The thanksgiving celebration of Easter Sunday is one of the most notable events in the city dating back to the early 1900s. Two young lasses and two young gentlemen are chosen every year to be the Kapitanes and Kapitanas representing the youth of the city. They participate in different religious activities of the parish during the Lenten Season. Each Kapitan and Kapitana symbolizes an emblem of the Catholic faith.
On the night before Easter Sunday, the Kapitanes and Kapitanas, dressed in full regalia, join the Blessing of Fire and Water which is an important entourage in the “Salubong” held in the early morning of Sunday wherein devotees witness the meeting of the Virgin Mary and her son Jesus in a procession.
An Easter Ball is held at night to formally present to the public the Kapitanes and Kapitanas at the city plaza. The Kapitanas and Kapitanes, together with selected young ladies and young gentlemen, perform the traditional Cotillion dance before the crowd.
ANNUAL WALK FOR PEACE
The annual Walk for Peace (Alay-Lakad) is held every 30th day of April as a prelude to the Pilgrimage Season. A motorcade for the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Virgin of Antipolo) commences this religious event, starting from the Antipolo Cathedral to the Minor Basilica of Quiapo, in the morning of April 30. In the evening, a mass is held at the Quiapo Church to bid the Virgin of Antipolo farewell and goodwill as she journeys back to Antipolo with the patrons. The procession arrives at the Antipolo Cathedral early morning of May 1 (Labor Day) with a celebration of a Holy Mass to welcome back the image of the Blessed Virgin.
1ST WEEK OF MAY
ANTIPOLO MAYTIME FESTIVAL
This is an annual activity that aims to promote the rich culture and tradition of the Antipoleños to the whole world as well as to establish camaraderie among the community and the city government. A Grand Parade, usually held on May 1, kicks-off the SuMaKaH (Suman, Mangga, Kasoy, Hamaka) Festival adorning the streets with street dancers and drum and lyre bands, all in their colorful costumes. After the parade, the crowd delights in a Street Dance Competition using the city’s official song, “Tayo Na Sa Antipolo!” Different shows and events are showcased in this month-long festivity prepared by the City Government.
MAY TO JULY
Also known as a Pilgrimage City, Antipolo celebrates its Pilgrimage Season in the month of May. Millions of devotees and patrons visit the Shrine of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage for thanksgiving and reverence to the miraculous image of the Blessed Virgin. The Pilgrimage Season is celebrated for 63 days with an hourly mass at the Antipolo Cathedral and different religious events. After the mass, devotees enjoy themselves with suman (rice cake) and kasoy (roasted cashew), which are the popular native delicacies of the city.
Opening of the Pilgrimage Season:
Procession to Pinagmisahan Hill for a Thanksgiving Mass
This event is observed every 1st Tuesday of May at the start of the Pilgrimage Season. The image of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is carried in a procession going to Pinagmisahan Hill. The people offer a Thanksgiving Mass at the hill to commemorate the miraculous event when Antipolo was hit by an epidemic and was stopped only when the blessed image was placed on one of the highest spots overlooking the town of Antipolo. Another procession is held in the afternoon on the same day to start the Seven Novenas.
This signifies the founding of Holy Cross by Santa Elena, the mother of Constantine the Great, depicted in a procession of graceful women representing different characters. Each woman dressed in a traditional costume is carrying a symbol as she parades on the street with a colorful and creative “arko.”
FLORES DE MAYO
May is the flower month, which is very timely for floral offerings for the Blessed Virgin. Organized by the Parish of the Immaculate Conception, it starts with a Holy Mass at the Antipolo Cathedral then a procession of the image of the Blessed Virgin along the streets of Quatro Cantos. Women, each portraying a biblical character, join the procession before they offer their lovely flowers to the Blessed Virgin.
CLOSING OF THE PILGRIMAGE SEASON
To officially close the Pilgrimage Season, a concelebrated High Mass is held at 5 o’clock in the afternoon at the Antipolo Cathedral usually on the 1st Tuesday of July after 63 days from the 1st Tuesday of May. A grand procession is held after the High Mass and a grand fireworks display is showcased after the procession to formally end the Pilgrimage Season.
1ST MONDAY OF JUNE
AHUNAN NG MGA TAGA-MARIKINA SA ANTIPOLO
For the past years, it’s a tradition of the residents and officials of Marikina City to pay homage to Antipolo’s patron saint, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.
This event is held every first Monday of June by way of a procession from the Marikina City’s point of origin up to Antipolo Cathedral. In the sequence of the procession, the City Government of Antipolo, which is usually led by the City Mayor, will then welcome the visitors during their traditional walk before entering Poblacion. The Marikeños will then offer a thanksgiving mass at the Antipolo Cathedral symbolizing the unity of the two cities.
ARAW NG LALAWIGAN
On June 11, 1901, under the Act No. 137, the Second Philippine Commission, headed by Judge William Howard Taft, gave dawn to Rizal Province.
From this day onwards, “Araw ng Lalawigan” of the Province of Rizal is celebrated every June 11 together with its 13 municipalities and one component city. Different activities are integrated for this event to showcase and explore the unique facets of the culture, arts, and tourism of the locals of Rizal.
ARAW NG KALAYAAN NG PILIPINAS
The City Government of Antipolo prepares a program to join the nation in celebrating the Philippine Independence Day. City officials, together with Department of Education-Antipolo (DepEd) representatives and distinguished guests, are required to attend the program attired in Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana dress as the city commemorates the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain in 1898.
ANTIPOLO TOURISM FAIR
In the Philippines, tourism month is held during the month of September to acknowledge the interface between culture and tourism. The City Government of Antipolo through the Antipolo City Culture, Arts and Tourism Promotions Office (AnCCATPO), in coordination with private partners, holds this fair to bring together tourism stakeholders and practitioners to promote the products, services and destinations in Antipolo. This exhibit provides a strategic business market to promote and sell the products of different tourism players to both domestic and international clients.
BISPERAS NG FIESTA
A grand parade is held within the city proper the day before the City Fiesta, also the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of the parish. The City Government prepares a Grand Parade joined by city officials, government employees, DepEd officials, the 16 barangays with their officials and contingents, marching bands, drum and lyre corps, NGOs and other private sectors.
Marching Band Extravaganza
This is a showcase of marching band exhibitions representing the 5 barangays (Dalig, Dela Paz, San Isidro, San Jose and San Roque) within the city proper. The bands compete among themselves in full regalia and with alluring majorettes. This event takes place at the city plaza after the grand parade.
Drum & Lyre Exhibition
Different drum and lyre ensembles representing the public and private schools in the city showcase their musical artistry and choreography in their elaborate costumes. This competition is usually held in the afternoon at the Sumulong Park.
Serenata @ The Park
Five talented brass bands from different barangays serenade the people with classical, OPM and modern music in the evening until past midnight at the Sumulong Park.
ANTIPOLO CITY FIESTA
This is the day of thanksgiving in the city of Antipolo. The Antipoleños celebrate its City Fiesta, which is also the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of the parish, by giving thanks to the Blessed Virgin’s perpetual guidance and patronage to the City of Antipolo.
An hourly mass is celebrated at the Cathedral and a procession of the image of the Our Lady Peace and Good Voyage within the city proper in the evening. A grand fireworks display is showcased after the procession. Different activities are held at the Sumulong Park right after the last mass of the day.
One of the icons of Antipolo is the late Don Juan Marquez Sumulong who was the first Antipoleño to become a Senator. The City Government of Antipolo prepares a special commemoration for Don Sumulong every December 27, his birth anniversary, at the Sumulong Park attended by the Sumulong clan, city officials and the Department of Education-Antipolo.
The City Government of Antipolo is one with the nation in the commemoration of the death anniversary of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. A special program is conducted in the morning joined by representatives from other national agencies.
The Philippine Commission ordained Act No. 345 issued December 30 as Rizal Day and as a national holiday being observed each year. According to Executive No. 203, it was declared as a national holiday to afford Filipinos with a recurring opportunity to commemorate the heroism of the Filipino people; to promote national identity; and to deepen the spirit of heroism. In 1898, Emilio Aguinaldo gave the first decree to declare the said date as the national day of mourning as this day marked the death anniversary of Rizal.