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Events : Higantes Festival Schedule - 2016 (Angono, Rizal)

Every November,  the lakeside municipality of Angono, in the province of Rizal celebrates Higantes Festival honoring San Clemente,  the patron saint of fishermen. 

Below is this year's schedule as shared by my lovely friends at Angono Tourism. 
Tip : Highlights of the festival are on November 20 (Higantes Festival Grand Parade) and on the 23rd (Town Fiesta) ;)

For more information, get in touch with Angono Tourism on Facebook. :) 

Higantes Festival: Press Conference
Venue/s: Sangguniang Bayan Hall Date: October 28, 2016 Time: 10am
GAD IEC on Women in Nation Building  Venue/s: Angono Forest Park Date: October 29, 2016 Time: 1pm-4pm
Cosplay Contest: Angono’s Local Mythology Venue/s: Angono Municipal Plaza Date: October 30, 2016 Time: 5pm
104th Birth Celebration of National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco Venue/s: SM Center Angono (Event Center) Date: November 4, 2016 Time: 3pm
Angono “Beyond Exposure” Photo Exhibit Venue/s: SM Center Angono  Date: November 4, 2016 Time: 3pm
Kik Zumba Fest Year 2 Venue/s: i…

Surviving my first Swim Challenge (Plus Caramoan & Naga Travel Information!)

I've always loved being in the water but it wasn't until 2-3 years ago, in my early 30s, when I started focusing on swimming. Last August 21, I joined an open water swim for the first time! 

Organized by Betsy Medalla (aka Swim Junkie), the Caramoan 10 KM Swim Challenge featured a route around the idyllic Caramoan Peninsula in the province of Camarines Sur. In this event, participants can join a 5KM or 10KM distance. With clusters of islands close to each other, about 1KM-1.5KM apart, it is an ideal venue for an open water event!
Having limited experience, I opted for the shorter distance, 5KM. In the world of open water swimming, that's actually considered a short swim (I've met some people who regularly swim 4-5 kilometers just for fun!). Those who were up for a tougher challenge joined the 10 KM event, the standard Olympic distance for open water swimming. 

Two days before the swim, I traveled by land to Naga with my brother, sister and cousin, who came along to cheer …