BOLING BOLING FESTIVAL (Catanauan, Quezon)
This festival of laughter serves as a prelude to the Lenten season, and features uninhibited merrymaking and dressing up, prior to the solemnity marked by Ash Wednesday. The townsfolk believe that by rejoicing, they will ward off spirits that bring about illness, hardship, and the loss of hope. The pyramid-like structure of the Boling-Boling float signifies the evolution of the festival from wild and naive expressions of simple, fun-loving folk, to today’s socio-political concerns. Using local products artistically designed by Catanauan townsfolk, the float shows the fulfillment of the people’s craziest dreams without inhibition. Festival muse – Ma. Christia Josefa Luna.