Paranaque gears up for Sunduan 2023
Parañaque's Barangay La Huerta is gearing up for the much-awaited return of one of its most iconic cultural celebrations, the Sunduan. After several years, the Sunduan will once again be held in the city on May 7, 2023. This year, Johny John and Jessica Santos will serve as Hermano and Hermana Mayor, respectively, while Toets Espiritu will be the head of the Sunduan.
The Sunduan has been celebrated in La Huerta since the construction of the San Nicolas de Tolentino Chapel in 1776. The town's residents typically celebrate the feast day of the patron saint every September 10, the saint's actual day of death. However, due to the rainy season in September, the date of the Sunduan was changed to May and the Caracol to September, according to the decision of the Hermano Mayor and Comite de Festejos. The committee also established the dress code for the young men and women who participate in the celebration.
During the early days, as part of their Spanish-influenced religious beliefs, some residents of La Huerta owned different saints. According to legend, a mestizo Spanish owned the San Nicolas de Tolentino statue before his death and bequeathed it to the parents of one of the first priests in La Huerta, known as Pari Tikong (Rev. Padre Teodorico Bautista). The Santo was then passed on to the relatives of Pari Tikong, who managed and took care of the saint's statue. The Sunduan festival began to take shape as a way to honor the saint and celebrate his life.
The Sunduan has been a significant event in La Huerta for many years, drawing locals and tourists alike to witness the colorful and lively celebrations. The festivities include a procession of young men and women dressed in traditional clothing, a dance performance, and a parade featuring the Hermano and Hermana Mayor.
The return of the Sunduan to La Huerta after years of absence is a cause for celebration for both the residents and tourists who have been eagerly anticipating its comeback. With its rich cultural heritage and festive atmosphere, the Sunduan is an event not to be missed.
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