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Cavite - Maytinis Festival 2012, a Well-loved Caviteño Tradition


An old Caviteño tradition, the Maytinis Festival is an annual Christmas Eve event organized by the "Confradia de Sagrada Familia" in collaboration with the parish priest in the town of Kawit, province of Cavite. People from Kawit, other towns and visitors from nearby provinces, flock to this town to witness the event. The procession started with a fireworks display at around 6:00 PM in Aguinaldo Shrine.


The highlight of the festival is the spectacular recapping of St. Joseph and Virgin Mary's search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. The lady and the man portraying the role of Mary and Joseph sing to the music played by a live band as they find their way to the manger which can be found at the town church.


One of the "Panunuluyan" scenes

It is also an interpretation of the history of mankind's salvation depicted in several biblical scenes taken from the Old to the New Testaments with characters portrayed by Kawiteños in glittering and gigantic floats.


Each float is followed by kids from each participating barangay wearing biblical costumes.


Every float is also accompanied by a live marching band playing Christmas carols which gives more joy and fervor to the spectators.


For this year, there are more than a dozen floats participated, namely Eba at Adan; La Purisima Concepcion; Noeh at ang Baha; Ang Pagliligtas sa Sanggol na Moises; David at Goliath; Ruth and Noemi; Samson at Delilah; Infanta Judith; Reyna Ester; Ang Pangako ng Dios kay Zacarias; Pagbati ng Anghel Kay Maria; Pagdalaw ni Maria kay Elizabeth; Panunuluyan; Pagbabalita ng Anghel; and Inang Pilipinas.


Eba at Adan


La Purisima Concepcion


Noeh at ang Baha


Ang Pagliligtas sa Sanggol na Moises


David at Goliath


Ruth and Noemi


Samson at Delilah


Infanta Judith


Reyna Ester


Ang Pangako ng Dios kay Zacarias


Pagbati ng Anghel Kay Maria


Pagdalaw ni Maria kay Elizabeth


Panunuluyan


Pagbabalita ng Anghel


Inang Pilipinas

The procession ended at the town church where the Christmas eve mass was held.


St. Mary Magdalene Church


Church's Altar

It is truly an excellent Caviteño interpretation of the ancient biblical episodes and the search of Mary and Joseph for a place to stay in Bethlehem. The much loved tradition gathers families, friends and visitors to celebrate Christmas Eve in Kawit Cavite.


With my High School friends

For more photos, check out Pinoy AdvenTurita FB Page.

HOW TO GET THERE
From Lawton in Manila or Baclaran in Parañaque, take an airconditioned bus bound for Cavite City. It passes by the town of Kawit, fare is 30-40 pesos and travel time is around 1 hour depending on traffic condition. Please be reminded to come early as main roads in Kawit are closed to vehicles a few hours before the festival starts at around 6:00 in the evening.



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14 comments :

  1. seryoso ba yung costume ni eba??? Mahaheart attack pala ako pag pinannuod ko yan! hahaha

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    1. yeah, yan talaga costume nya... kulang nga ng ahas eh... minsan nakapanuod ako in previous years, may sawa pa sa puno... hehe! :)

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    2. mervz, will you be there tomorrow?

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  2. wow ang saya sa cavite hahaha at di ko kinaya si samson! LOL

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  3. FTW nga si Eba. Nice festival eto :)

    Merry Christmas :)

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  4. Never pa kong nakapanood nito sa Kawit. Naalala ko lang sobrang traffic nyan sa may Wakas at Tabon pag Maytinis.

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    1. di na masyadong traffic ngayon, may centennial road na kc kaya dun na dumadaan kapag may Maytinis... :)

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  5. ang dame sigurong nagkasala nung dumaan ang parada!! kinabog nito ang mga life-sized statue sa paete, hahaha

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  6. I'm a proud Kawiteno,every year pag dumadating ang time ng maytinis festival, nagigigng sobrang festive ang ambiance dito sa may Kawit... I highly encourage you to watch it...(this year ay nagkaroon ng light show sa may Aguinaldo Shrine, meron din doong mga tiange)

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  7. I'm a proud Kawiteno, every year pagdumadating ang Maytinis festival, nagiging festive ang ambiance dito sa may Kawit, I highly encourage you na manood kayo next year...(this year ay nagkaroon ng light show sa may Aguinaldo Shrine, meron din doong ilang tiange)

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  8. I'm a proud Kawiteno,every year pag dumadating ang time ng maytinis festival, nagigigng sobrang festive ang ambiance dito sa may Kawit... I highly encourage you to watch it...(this year ay nagkaroon ng light show sa may Aguinaldo Shrine, meron din doong mga tiange)

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  9. My mom's from Kawit and I remember watching this every year till my mom passed away. ANG trafficLang!

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    1. ahehehe! sinasara kc ang main road ng Kawit leading to the church... pero ngayon di na masyado, may alternate route na kasi... :)

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