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Maytinis Competition 2023 (And Greatest Float Winners)

Maytinis Competition is likely one of the well-known festivals in Cavite that’s historically celebrated each Christmas Eve. It highlights a standard Christmas church custom referred to as “Panunuluyan” which contains a dramatic retelling of the Virgin Mary and Joseph’s search in Bethlehem for a spot to remain. Whereas Panunuluyan is usually carried out in lots of Catholic church buildings, Maytinis Competition in Kawitis carried out in a really distinctive means.

One of many main highlights of the Competition is the grand float parade. In contrast to conventional floats, these should not simply ornate autos. Every float options locals portraying numerous characters from completely different Biblical occasions from each Outdated and New Testaments. These embody well-known occasions like Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the Visitation, the Annunciation, to call a number of. This, in fact, consists of the Panunuluyan scene.

After its two-year hiatus because of the world pandemic, Maytinis Competition was celebrated final 12 months however solely with 6 floats. (Examine: Maytinis Competition 2022)  This 12 months, the variety of the collaborating floats have been doubled. Maytinis Competition is yearly organized by the Cofradia De Sagrada Familia.  Yearly, the group will select an Ama and Ina (Hermano Mayor and Hermana Mayora) to behave as principal sponsors of the pageant. Every float will likely be ready and represented by completely different barangays in Kawit, Cavite.

Historical past-wise, little is understood the place and when precisely the pageant began however it has been centuries-old custom by the Kawiteños which has been round even earlier than the primary Philippine Authorities was established. Even Emilio Aguinaldo (the primary president) himself was not sure of its origin however file states that he grew up celebrating this century-old Kawiteño custom.  The time period Maytinis got here from a Spanish phrase “Maitines” or Matins (Latin) which is a standard Catholic liturgy historically sung throughout daybreak or darkness of early morning.

As an alternative of placing processional photos on prime of fantastically and intricately embellished floats, actual individuals will re-enact every Biblical scene together with the panunuluyan, remodeling this straightforward ritual right into a spectacle. The floats will grace the busy streets of Kawit (and Noveleta) till they’ve reached the Saint Mary Magdalene Parish. They may also be accompanied by numerous bands.

Because the parade goes, the Panunuluyan float will cease by completely different homes the place Mary and Joseph will work together with “maybahay” or “home proprietor” to beg for a spot to remain. This dramatization can be accompanied by an previous piece of music primarily based on Estaban Basa’s Hymn uniquely organized by the Magdalo Band (the oldest marching band in Kawit). The Panunuluyan will then conclude in Kawit Church the place the nativity scene will happen.

Listed below are the collaborating floats within the just lately concluded Maytinis Competition, in addition to the winners of the Greatest Float competitors.

Pitong Arkanghel (7 Archangels) by Dr. Rommel Toledo





Si Eba at Adan (Adam and Eve) by Barangay Magdalo – Potol
La Purisima Concepcion by Barangay Tabon 2

Si Cain at Abel ( Cain and Abel ) by Atty. Ramon Esguerra





Si Noeh at ang Baha (Noah and the Flood) by Barangay Toclong

Moises by Barangay Tramo Bantayan

Haring David (King David) by Barangay Poblacion
Samson at Delilah (Samson and Delilah) by Barangay Marulas
Infanta Judith by Barangay Panamitan


Reyna Ester (Queen Esther) by Barangay Gahak

Ang Pangako ng Diyos kay Zacarias (God’s Promise to Zacharias) by Barangay Batong-Dalig


_DSC1012tPagbati (The Annunciation) by Barangay Wakas
Pagdalaw (Visitation) by Brgy Sta. Isabel
Panunuluyan by Cofradia de Sagrada Familia
The parade concludes with the “Pagbabalita ng Angel” (The Annunciation to the Shepherds) by Barangay Kaingen.

Listed below are the next winners from the just lately concluded Gabi ng Parangal of Maytinis 2023

🏆𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗮𝘁 – Pitong Arkanghel
🏆 𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗽 – Samson & Delilah (Brgy. Marulas)
🏆 𝟮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗽 – REYNA ESTER, (Brgy. Gahak)
🏆 𝟯𝗿𝗱 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗽 – Cain at Abel

𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗮𝘁 – REYNA ESTER (Brgy. Gahak)

𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗮𝘁 – Pitong Arkanghel

🏆 𝗕𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗮 – Infanta Judith (Brgy. Panamitan)
🏆 𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗽 – La Purisima Conception, Brgy. Tabon 2
🏆 𝟮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗽 – REYNA ESTER (Brgy. Gahak)
🏆 𝟯𝗿𝗱 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗽 – Pagbati, (Brgy. Wakas 2)
NOTE: This text is written by Milton Coyne of (It’s Me Bluedreamer)


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