CARAGAN FESTIVAL (Mabalacat, Pampanga)
This month-long town fiesta, timed in honor of the feast of Nuestra Senora de Gracia, is actually held in honor of the aboriginal Aeta chieftain named Caragan, who married a Mabalacat resident named Laureana Tolentino. The event highlights the celebration of traditional Aeta culture. Their float is made of improvised “lahar” material gathered from barrios of Mabalacat which were buried by the volcanic eruption. There is also a replica of the Balacat tree – which used to grow in abundance there and from which the town got its name. Festival muse – Rizelle Manio.