Mogpog’s Kangga Festival: An Alluring Thanksgiving

Kangga Festival

During the month of May, the agricultural town of Mogpog in Marinduque celebrates their thanksgiving festival for their annual harvests in honor of their patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. The aim of this festival is to pay tribute to the saint and to the farmers who made a solemn effort on their land for numerous months. Kangga Festival was implemented by the local government which is celebrated annually to correspond with San Isidro Labrador’s feast day of May 13.

“Kangga” in Marinduquenian Tagalog, is a sled made of bamboo usually carried by carabao. It is used by farmers to transport tools or harvests from their homes to the fields or to the market.

On the day of the festival, holy mass took place in the local church to give thanks to San Isidro Labrador followed by the display of various colorfully designed kanggas by farmers from different villages. A usual kangga displayed includes farmer’s tools such as the iron plow, scythe, coconut husker and other farm equipment. These kanggas are blessed by the parish priest to ensure good harvest in the next farming season. Then, the kanggas together with their owners who’s at the same time carry various food trays and baskets filled with their assorted farm harvests, paraded around the town to the tune of the brass band. There are also joyful street-dancing and cultural presentations which indeed add enjoyment to the festival. Moreover, the sights of beauty queens certainly give interest to celebrate. At the end of the parade, is the heavily decorated kangga of San Isidro Labrador which is the highlight of the event.

Kangga Festival

After the parade, farmers revealed their best and biggest produce in the contests made for them. There is also a racing competition, where farmer and his carabao join together to reach the finish line and claim their prize.

Among the festivals in the Philippines, this Kangga Festival is one of the most unique feasts proudly celebrated by Marinduquenios. It does not only give emphasis to their patron saint but also to the betterment of their lives through faith and perseverance.

Sources: www.marinduque.gov.ph

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