Sunday, December 19

Lantern Parade

There's a piece about the Lantern Parade in today's Inquirer. While it talked about the participants and the College of Fine Arts' inclusion in the Hall of Fame, the writer Tina Santos also said that the CFA's floats this year had "unfamiliar" figures in Philippine myths, "among them the "bangungot" ( a large woman that pounds on a sleeping person's chest till he or she can't breathe), the "bungisngis" ( a laughing one-eyed giant with tusks who picked up and threw carabaos at whim), and the "bakunawa" (a dragon-like creature who occasionally gobbled up the sun, causing an eclipse)."

Uhm, okay. But they must have "heard" of bangungot killings, right? Or perhaps people never thought of visualizing the bangungot before. People just think of it as some shapeless, faceless thing that kills people in their sleep.

Interesting bits though about previous practices in the university like the now obsolete Hay Ride and Parade King and Queen.

Also, there are photos from the parade from BnC and psychicpants.

1 comment:

lefthandedwonder said...

WHOA! we were the one's who made the bungisngis float...parang kelan lang....