Events and Festivals
Feast of Sto. Niño (3rd Sunday of January)
A feast named after barangay Sto. Niño is celebrated every 3rd Sunday of January with a procession of images of the Sto. Niño.
Mga Anyo ng Kwaresma
A Lenten Processional Tableau Static, Pictorial and “Pasion” Exhibit showcasing the rich religious and socio-cultural past and traditions of Parañaquense which its people have not severed themselves from their roots.
Linggo ng Palaspas or Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday)
Starts off the Holy Week with the usual metaphorical rendition of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, with the congregation bringing palm fronds to church so that it may be blessed. They would afterwards bring home the fronds and display them in their altars believing that it will aid in the plea for the forgiveness of sins and will bring blessings from above, keep illness away and ward off evil. But ultimately, the fronds main purpose is to serve as reminders of Christ’s passion and salvation of men.
Senakulo or Way of the Cross (Maundy Thursday / Good Friday)
A stage presentation / re-enactment of the Savior’s arrest, trial and painful way to calvary, crucifixion and death on the cross. Sometimes, there are real-life depictions – penitents cause themselves to be crucified – punishments borne to express sorrow for sin, to make up for a wrongdoing and obtain pardon.
Salubong/Easter Vigil & Pasko ng Pagkabuhay/Feast of the Resurrection (Easter Sunday)
The Easter festivity unfolds at dawn around five o’clock with a procession heralding the resurrection of Christ and His reunion with Mary. While the molded images of Mother and Son are placed side by side, a little girl dressed up like an angel replace the Blessed Virgin’s black veil of grief and mourning with white one as the Osana, a hymn of praise and adoration endemic to Parañaque, is sung. The Feast culminates with the celebration of a Holy Mass followed by the simultaneous rendition in the different barangays of Sayaw ng Pagbati also known to locals as “bati-bati” a “Welcome Dance” that is also a Parañaque original.
Bati (Easter Sunday)
The word originates from the Tagalog term PAGBATI, meaning to greet. The Bati has little girls dancing before the images of the Risen Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of the church during the Easter rites, right after the SALUBONG.
Komedya / Moro-Moro (May)
Another theatrical drama which history dates back during the Spanish times. The theme centers on the animosity between Christians & Muslims in the beginning, and unity & brotherhood in the end. The presence of the vital elements in a drama like love, hate, war, religion and parental disputes make the Komedya spectacular not only because of the colorful costumes but also of the real and suggestive moments of the performers on stage. This traditional drama is usually performed during Barangay Fiestas. The origin of the Komedya is in Brgy. San Dionisio and is still a thriving cultural entertainment of Parañaque.
The Filipino term for "fetching". This celebration in La Huerta features a parade of escorted young ladies holding colorful parasols. Brass bands fetch each pair and parade around the town.
Flores de Mayo & Santacruzan (May)
Led by the vicariate and various parishes in the city, this citywide religious procession commemorating the finding of the Holy Cross is coordinated and supported by the City Government. For 18 consecutive days, the Jubilee Cross is transferred from one barangay parish church to another. In each barangay, people pray the rosary for 9 days and hold novenas as well as a procession with the fairest ladies in participation.
Nuestra Señora del Buensuceso (1st to 9th of September)
A yearly celebration of the canonization of Nuestra Sra. Del Buensuceso, patroness of the City. A special mass is held followed by a procession and entertainment program of the local followers.
Caracol / Feast of San Nicolas (10th of September every other year)
The fluvial parade is in honor of Brgy. La Huerta’s patron saint San Nicolas de Tolentino. The devotees use cascos or large wooden barges to carry and ferry the image of the saint. This simple but festive atmosphere started way back, during the period 1912.
Feast of San Dionisio (9th of October)
A religious celebration wherein the Komedya or Moro-Moro is stage-played that brings added color to the feast.