Maytinis Competition is without doubt 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 includes 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 executed in a really distinctive means.
One of many main highlights of the Competition is the grand float parade. Not like conventional floats, these are usually not simply ornate autos. Every float options locals portraying numerous characters from completely different Biblical occasions from each Previous and New Testaments. These embody well-known occasions like Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the Visitation, the Annunciation, to call a couple of. This, after all, contains the Panunuluyan scene.
After its two-year hiatus because of the international pandemic, Maytinis Competition was celebrated final 12 months however solely with 6 floats. (Examine: Maytinis Competition 2022) This 12 months, the variety of the taking part 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 competition. Every float can be ready and represented by completely different barangays in Kawit, Cavite.
Historical past-wise, little is thought the place and when precisely the competition began but it surely 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 report 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 high of fantastically and intricately embellished floats, actual folks will re-enact every Biblical scene together with the panunuluyan, reworking 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 can even 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 outdated piece of music based mostly 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 here are the taking part floats within the not too long ago concluded Maytinis Competition, in addition to the winners of the Finest 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
Pagbati (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 here are the next winners from the not too long ago concluded Gabi ng Parangal of Maytinis 2023
𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗮𝘁 – REYNA ESTER (Brgy. Gahak)
𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗕𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗮𝘁 – Pitong Arkanghel