Art Capital of the Philippines

Land of Paper Mache Giants

In our grade school days, we are used to making simple artworks such as mosaic, wood works, drawing, landscape paintings, paper mache, and other types just to express our creative side. I know that most of us have experienced making paper mache’s to form different figures we desire. We are used to having simple subjects in making these paper mache’s but there is this one place where I found an extravagant paper mache that will truly give you an commendable bewilderment.

Angono Rizal is also known for having an exemplary creation of different artwork types such as having imaginative figurism, pragmatic, but the one thing that really stands out is that of having paper mache giants. Paper mache giants are made as tall as 14 feet, pertinently called “higantes” which is an innovation of the higantes festival.

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Nowadays, paper mache giants can be found in different art galleries throughout Angono. Every place displays an innovative creation depending on the type of artworks they’re known for. An example is when I found  giant paper mache’s in the Blanco Family House Museum which is formed in the image of Loreto “Loring” Blanco and Jose “Pitok” Blanco – the owner of the gallery. Another is when I saw giant head masks in the Nemiranda ArtHouse which is being sold and can now be found in other art galleries.

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So, what are you waiting for? If you want to witness exceptional giant paper mache, go to Angono Rizal! You’ll surely be thrilled with amazement!

Written by: Caela Castro