Angono’s ‘higantes’ join drug campaign – Manila Bulletin


ANGONO, Rizal – The “higantes” or giant effigies of Angono are now part of the local government’s anti-narcotics campaign.

(Photo from Angono Pulis Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

The residents of Barangay San Isidro recently saw some of the town’s giant effigies roam the communities with top local officials and the police.

Mayor Jeri Mae Calderon’s office said the presence of the “higantes”, which are the traditional representation of the people of Angono, especially at festivals and major events in the country’s art capital such as the festival Higantes, is part of the municipal government’s anti-crime and illegal drugs campaign.

The special appearance of the “higantes” during the conduct of Oplan Bandillo, the Philippine National Police’s community awareness campaign, especially against illegal drugs in some communities of Angono, has been a success among residents, including including young children.

Angono Municipal Anti-Drug Council (MADAC), led by the daughter and father tandem of Mayor Jeri Mae Calderon and Deputy Mayor Gerardo Calderon, and Police Lieutenant Colonel Noel Andrade Campos of Angono Police Station , commit to continue to make rounds of communities to remind the public of their role in the liberation of their community against crime and illegal drugs.

Alan Maniaol, Chief of Staff to Mayor Calderon, said the city giants, which have a papier-mâché or fiberglass head and a lightweight aluminum body worn by a teenager, have long been used as an effective instrument . in the city’s public information campaign.

Richard Gappi, poet and author, in his previous article on Angono Dream News, a local Angono tabloid, said that “Angono’s giant mascots were either seen as political effigies during the post-war period in the city, while another study identified the “higantes” as part of the agrarian protest of the inhabitants during the last years of Spanish colonialism.

In recent years, the “higantes” have become the hallmark of the city at local and international tourist events showcasing the gigantic achievements of the people of Angono in various aspects.

While driving Oplan Bandillo, one of the giant effigies had a scarf written in bold letters, the words “No To Drugs” while the others had anti-drug slogans to emphasize awareness of their harmful effects.



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