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Parade of Floats Commence Batingaw Festival

Parade of Floats Commence Batingaw Festival

The 442nd founding anniversary celebration of Cabuyao is marked with a refreshed sense of grandeur and festivity (also its first as a city), showcased by a memorable opening event last Sunday, January 13, 2013 as part of a week-long festival for the Golden Bell City.

Instead of the usual motorcade of ordinary vehicles to rouse the spirits of Cabuyeños into celebration, citizens were greeted with the Parade of Floats, courtesy of all 18 barangays of Cabuyao. Each float represented the respective barangays’ prided livelihood, industries and institutions, all of which were crafted with materials both ingenious and curious yet convey their valuable contributions to the city’s continued development all the same.

First up was Brgy. Sala’s float, featuring a replica of City Hall’s façade at the front, and sporting logos of Asia Brewery Inc. at the sides, while Brgy. Pob. Tres reproduced a miniaturized Ospital ng Cabuyao building for its design; Pob. Dos and Uno used their renowned landmarks, the up-and-coming Cabuyao Retail Plaza with its variety of shops and business establishments and the St. Policarp Church structure and landscape with a large figure of the saint himself, respectively; Brgy. Bigaa, Gulod, and Baclaran meanwhile, being close to Laguna de Bay’s coast, utilized their trademark livelihood of fisheries and other aquatic resources by reproducing artistic versions of fishermen and various marine life(which can remind one of giant aquariums sometimes).

 The “AA Class” Slaughterhouse, located at Brgy. Marinig was of course their choice piece, with a replica of the building exterior cleverly incorporated to the float’s front cab, while the back displays figures of prancing livestock; a scene-stealer was Brgy. Butong’s giant duck, which was made of realistic-looking “feathers” and a long, craning neck; Brgy Mamatid highlighted their San Vicente Ferrer image with their Ako Ang Simula advocacy, while blaring the catchy hip-hop tune “Wow Mamatid!”; Softball champs Brgy. Banlic played up their athletic achievements with game-faced guys dressed in softball gear; Brgy. San Isidro depicted an agricultural landscape, complete with rice fields, different crops and the trusty carabao; floral themes adorned the Brgy. Pulo float, which also showcased a St. Francis of Assisi image.

Brgy. Diezmo created 3D models and representations of the Light Industry and Science Park, featuring industries such as Procter & Gamble and NXP; ditching artificial stand-ins for all-natural elements, assorted fruits and vegetables adorned the Brgy. Casile float in neat rows and shelves; another stand-out was the Brgy. Pittland float and its huge, inflated liquor bottles, which are their adopted industries; of course, Brgy. Banay-banay was clad in images of the Pamantasan ng Cabuyao, and their patron saint San Agustin as its figurehead, and lastly, Brgy. Niugan decorated their float with a three-dimensional depiction of the Nestle’ logo, birds in a nest and all. Bringing up the rear, though, are floats carrying the Golden Bell mascot, the charming Mutya and Lakan candidates, members of the City Council and of course, Mayor Isidro Hemedes Jr., accompanied by Vice Mayor Rommel Gecolea beaming and waving at the citizens.

The parade rode from its starting point at the City Hall in Brgy. Sala, navigated through the National Hi-Way, then inland at Mamatid to the coastal barangays, then back around to the city proper. Each barangay it passed drew crowds who marveled at the sight of the floats, cheering in apparent pride when their representative float went by. With such a colorful and creative display of Cabuyao’s prized trademarks, celebrating the Batingaw Festival just became all the more special for Cabuyeños, and a positive way of starting the year. (HMH)

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