Every 24th of December, we celebrate Noche Buena. Here in Kawit however we also celebrate the Maytinis Festival.
Same as with the other churches ours was decked with festive Christmas ornaments. Our Christmas celebration however does not stop there. See, way back during the Spanish time, our town was colonized. The way the priests did it before was by showing the important events that happened as documented in the bible. I guess they believed in the whole, showing is better than telling way of thinking. This worked and therefore helped turned Kawitenos to Roman Catholic Town Folks.
Maytinis, is one of the events that helped educate the Kawitenos about the important Bible events. My Maytinis history is a bit rusty (and I can’t seem to find my research paper about it) but I do recall that there were a number of floats before that were removed from the current ones being paraded today. The reason why is usually dependent on the times.
This year, as usual the whole family went to see Maytinis. This was E and Bunny’s first time to catch the parade.
Last year, I wasn’t able to see it because I just gave birth and E, being an awesome and dependable daddy-o stayed at home with us. Before we left, I first cooked Lasagna and E cooked Roast Beef. He was excited to see it, I can tell because he was rushing me. I, of course, knew that we had more than enough time before we miss the parade. A piece of me just wanted to torment him more, so the more that he rushed me the more I took my time in fixing myself. Haha!
On to the actual parade then. Before we moved to our place, we need not go to my godmother or grandmother’s place just to catch the parade. We usually just had to go outside our gate to see it. Now however, it is a bit out of way but still worth the wait.
The parade usually starts with the “Payasos” (Clowns) but this year we noticed that there were none and the first float, instead of Adam and Eve, was Inang Pilipinas.
As I mentioned before the aim of Maytinis was to educate the Kawitenos about the important Bible events. The reason why they opted for theatrics was because of the disconnect in language. Showing was better than telling because it was a great form of edu-tainment.
E was the one who took the photos, I was more focused on taking care of Bunny and really can’t take photos while breastfeeding her (yep we are the strike anywhere mum and baby duo). It was also nice because she met a baby friend, Emerald. The two cute kiddos even held hands while they watched the parade!
Most of the floats were from the old testament, the part of the new testament featured was the visit of the angel to Mother Mary, the visitation of Mother Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, and what we refer to as the Panunuluyan. This was usually the last major part of the parade, the Panunuluyan float is where Joseph and Mary “search” for a place where Mary can give birth to Jesus. They will then ask 3 houses before they finally reach the church where a mini-play will happen wherein they re-enact how they were allowed to stay in a stable. (I think this is one of the reasons why Kawitenos are very artistic/theatrical).
After watching the parade, E told me that it gave families the perfect timing for Noche Buena. Why? The parade ended at 8:30 PM and we reached home a little before 9 PM. So E and I had enough time to heat the food and eat before settling down to dreamland.