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San Rafael, Bulacan: Angel Festival 2016

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Angels belong in heaven.

But did you know that there is a festival in Bulacan, Philippines where kids dress up as angels in the honor of the Archangel St. Rafael?

From the town named after the archangel, San Rafael in Bulacan, people gather around to commemorate the feast day of the said saint every 29th of September. Celebrating their 15th year of this tradition, I was fortunate to attend this enthralling event!

The weather was not kind to us that day, but the participants of the street dance parade never lost their eagerness to continue the program. Though the street dancing was not carried out on the street, they still managed to showcase their dynamic dance routines while wearing their extravagantly colorful props and costumes.

Here are some photos I took during the street dance competition:

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Please visit this Gallery for more photos! 

This year’s street dance competition winners are:

ELEMENTARY DIVISION – SMALL SCHOOL CATEGORY

  • Best in San Rafael Costume – St. Raphael Montessori
  • Best in Costume – Salapungan Elementary School
  • Best in Choreography – Salapungan Elementary School
  • Best in Street Dancing – Salapungan Elementary School

Showdown Competition:

  • 2nd Runner-up: Pasong Intsik Elementary School
  • 1st Runner-up: Colegio de San Juan de Dios
  • CHAMPION: Salapungan Elementary School

 

ELEMENTARY DIVISION – BIG SCHOOL CATEGORY

  • Best in San Rafael Costume – Sampaloc Elementary School
  • Best in Costume – St. Paul College
  • Best in Choreography – Caingin Elementary School
  • Best in Street Dancing – Caingin Elementary School

Showdown Competition:

  • 2nd Runner-up: Pulo Elementary School
  • 1st Runner-up: St. Paul College
  • CHAMPION: Caingin Elementary School

 

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

  • Best in San Rafael Costume – Salapungan NHS
  • Best in Costume – Lydia D. Villangca TS
  • Best in Choreography – Salapungan NHS
  • Best in Street Dancing – Salapungan NHS

Showdown Competition:

  • 2nd Runner-up: San Rafael National TS
  • 1st Runner-up: Lydia D. Villangca TS
  • CHAMPION: Salapungan NHS

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How to get there:

From Cubao, ride a bus going to San Miguel, Bulacan (Baliuag Transit Bus Liner or any other bus that will head that way). Then ask the driver to drop you off the San Rafael Municipality. 

For their annual event’s schedule, you can visit their Facebook page.

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About Gracie Gill

A hobbyist photographer enjoying her life through arts, music, traveling and getting fit. A proud crazy cat lady.

18 thoughts on “San Rafael, Bulacan: Angel Festival 2016

  1. Doro

    I’ve been traveling the Philippines for two months this year. Didn’t get the chance to go to any festivals though unfortunately. Hope to go back soon to experience this though 🙂

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      Don’t worry, you can check if there will be a festival the time you come back here. 😊 Pretty much, every month there will be a festival somewhere in the Philippines 😊

  2. kallsy

    As a former dancer, I particularly enjoy events like these as it allows me to reminisce. I also enjoy watching traditional dances and attending festivals such as this one! It reminded me of the Bula festival in Fiji that I attended a few years ago and the time I was in Australia and was able to watch a traditional aboriginal dance. Thanks for the awesome idea. 🙂

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      I’m glad you like it. I enjoy street dancing here. I hope you consider watching one once you visit the Philippines, there are festivals very month in different parts of the country. x

  3. Ana

    I have never been in San Rafael Bulacan. It is quite ironic since it is just near. I guess that I am not much fascinated with parades. However, your photos are amazing that it piqued my interest to one day witness that kind of event. I guess it makes the audience feel that they are already in heaven.

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      There are other things/places to visit in San Rafael, you can check the River Adventure Park (i will hopefully blog about them soon) or go to nature trippings and explore their river and caves 😊

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      Hi Agnes, thank you 😊 The kids are really cute and i admire their effort for practicing for months and months to perfect their dance routines to win the grand price, plus they dance under the sun in their costumes! So i really admire them😊

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      Hello Paula, I agree, those kids look beautiful! and they are very talented as well! I hope you get to visit the Philippines and just check which town will have their street dance parade 🙂

  4. Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth

    That’s really interesting… I’ve never heard of this festival before but I’m not surprised that it happens to include dancing! My first day in Cebu City, I saw a street dance competition.

    Their costumes look so beautiful and detailed, I wondered how long it would take to make… Actually, I wonder how long in advance these participants plan their choreography and costumes!

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      Hi Caroline, I also wonder how long they prepare for these kinds of festivals! The rehearsals and props and costume making, i dont know if it can be done in only few weeks! Maybe I should investigate about it 😊

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