‘Basaan’ in SJ
June 24, 2011
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San Juan Town Fiesta is the feast of St. John the Baptist, patron saint of San Juan City, and of many other communities throughout the Philippines, held every 24th of June.
Filipinos appropriately commemorate the birth of St. John (other than the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist is the only saint whose birth is celebrated in the Christian liturgy; feasts of other saints are celebrated on the day of their death), who cleansed and prepared the people for the coming of Jesus Christ by baptizing them with water. (source: wikipilipinas)
I capture this photo from last years’ at Wilson Street on my way to work 🙂
‘Basaan’ in San Juan is customary every year and for 11 years I became an observant of this tradition. Today, even if tropical storm Falcon is hitting the city, it didn’t stop the locals in getting out of the streets and douse passersby, commuters and even on private vehicles with water. It’s supposed to be a reminder of baptism but for party pooper people these acts are foolish and questionable. Well, for me it’s happening only once a year so let the people embrace and celebrate the feast. And for commuters who doesn’t want to be victim of this dousing –take alternate routes 😀