May 3, 2011

Postcard Exchange Project # 9: Colorful Festivals in the Philippines

Yesterday, as I spoke via Skype to my homeschoolers back home, they got excited when another postcard came from Japan. thanks to Clarissa for sending another one. I will post on that next week. also, one postcard we sent to the USA was sent back to us because my girl misspelled the address. But we sent another one the next day and hopefully it has reached its destination by now. Seems like this Postcard Exchange Project has got into our system already. Yay!!!

I had the chance to go out of the campus last week, and enjoyed window shopping at National Bookstore where they had a sale of colorful postcards. As I mentioned in my previous posts, I'm currently enrolled in an MA in Education program in Manila for 2 months. The program is very intensive, thus explains why I seldom blog these days. I'm just glad that I was able to buy postcards to share here at Postcard Exchange meme and hopefully mail them your way soon!!!

Here are some postcards that feature different festivities in the Philippines.

Masskara Festival is held in Bacolod City on the weekend nearest to October 19.
Masskara is coined from the word :mass" which means "crowd" and the
 Spanish word "cara" which means face.
 The two words combined have the local word for "mask".
This festival showcases colorful costumes of masks made of papier mache or molded clay. 

Sandugo Festival in Tagbilaran city, Bohol, is a month long festival held every July,
 in commemoration of the 16th century peace treaty occured on March 16, 1565
 through a blood compact or "sandugo" between Datu Sikatuna, a chieftain in Bohol,
and Spanish conquestidor Miguel lopez de :Legaspi.
The festival showcases Miss Bohol Sandugo Beauty Pageant and street dancing competition.

Kadayawan Festival is held every 3rd week of August in Davao City.
It showcases Muslim, Chinese, and tribal influences with parades, performances,
and fruit and flower displays. Davao is known for its Mt. Apo, the monkey-eating eagle,
and  famous king of fruit, Durian.

Tuna Festival is an annual week long festival held every 4th week of September,
 in General Santos City, highlighting the significant role of tuna industry.
It showcases Parada sa Dagat (Sea Parade) and street dancing and float parade.

Moriones Festival is held during Holy Week from Holy Monday to Easter Sunday
Marinduque. Morion means "mask" or "visor", a part of medieval Roman Centurion
which covers the face. This is a religious festival that re-enacts the story of Saint Longinus,
a Roman Centurion who was blind in one eye.

There are more festivals other than these that are held every year in the Philippines. And of the 5 mentioned above, I've been to one only, that is the Kadayawan Festival which is held in my home city.

The Philippines is a beautiful country with very colorful culture. I have only one more month here and I hope to get around Manila sometime when class schedules allow (hoping... hoping.. hoping...).

So, have you received or sent postcards this week? Or do you have any postcard to share? Join us here every Tuesday at Postcard Exchange Meme.

Note: Captions under the postcards are from the texts at the back of each postcard, and is a copyright of National Book Store, Philippines.

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