Every 12th of May Valenzuela celebrates the feast of San Roque in Mabolo, Valenzuela.
It is said that during the feast’s procession if a girl gets caught in the middle of a group of dancing men the girl would have a boyfriend or get married that year. And for the men they’ll be blessed with someone as well.
The feast has been celebrated for more than 300 years since the spanish era and is continued to be practiced today with the support of the city government.
Here’s a video of the procession that I took last 2011.
- Pack/travel light, there’s gonna be a lot dancing so just bring a water bottle and small towel and extra clothes
- Enjoy the procession and don’t be a kill joy if some one asks you to dance with go on and dance.
- Enjoy the caridad drinks. There are drinks along the procession route that you can drink as much as you like. They are called caridad.
- The procession usually starts around 9am, be sure to be there by 9am
HOW TO GET TO MABOLO/ SAN ROQUE CHAPEL
- Take any Malanday bound bus or Jeep. Get off at the end of the route (Mercury/Meralco Malanday)
- Take a sidecar/pedicab going to Mabolo