January 19 & 26| Lumban, Laguna, Philippines.
On the occasion of the feast of San Sebastian, Lumban boasts of two noteworthy events that take place side by side the town fiesta.
The moro-moro or the “Komedya” is staged on the eve and on the night of the Fiesta. Local talents are tapped to perform the demanding roles that the comedia necessitates. Wearing colorful costumes, local actors and actresses showcase their acting prowess before spectators.
Another event that is celebrated in conjunction with the feast is the “Paligong Poon”. This traditional procession is observed at the Lumban River, where the Icon of the Patron Saint, San Sebastian, together with hundreds of devotees are float on “Kaskitos” ( a bunch of a big boat ), holding lighted candle doing ritual turn across the river. Participating are civic and religious organizations and groups of bands in the locality. The icon is then paraded around the town while locals take turns in dousing the saint and devotees. Witnessed by spectators from the municipality and neighboring towns.