Belenismo 2022 showcases creative ways of depicting nativity scene

Since its first staging in 2007, Belenismo has become an annual pre-Christmas tradition in Tarlac, dubbed the Belen Capital of the Philippines. Organized by the Tarlac Heritage Foundation, the widely-anticipated event depicts the birth of Jesus Christ in a humble manger through the belen as a meaningful way of representing the Christmas season.

This year is no different as a total of 51 eye-popping “belen” were showcased at the launch of Belenismo’s15th edition. What makes each of these belens unique are the creative ways they replicate the iconic nativity scene.

Easily one of the most standout belens is The Armor Division Confectionery Belen at Camp O’ Donnel Sta Lucia in Capas Tarlac as characterized by the sweet peppermint candy cane in the shape of the letter J as a reference to Baby Jesus.

Another standout belen is the massive structure made of banig and pamaypay from indigenous and recyclable materials by the NolCom command based in Camp Servillano Aquino in San Miguel, Tarlac.  

Tarlac Heritage Foundation co-founders Isabel and Dra. Isa Cojuangco Sunday led the ceremonial lighting of Belenismo as well as the opening of the two entries from the Philippine Army. Also gracing the occasion were Department of National Defense Secretary Jose Faustino, Jr.; Philippine Army Commanding General LtGen. Romeo Brawner; Armor Division commander Major Gen. Efren Baluyot and other guests.

A folk dance presented by the Tarlac State University capped the event. (Photos by Bernard Testa/BM)

Image credits: Bernard Testa


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Previous Article

Pandegka at SM Grand Central: Baguio City’s art community brings Cordilleran-themed artworks to Metro Manila

Next Article

LBC Express Holdings, Inc. issues Notice of Annual Stockholders’ Meeting

Related Posts

Read more

The urge to travel

A TICKLE in your feet? Are you constantly watching online travelogues? Do you keep checking airline websites and online hotel booking agents for sales and discounts? We get it. You’ve got wanderlust.

Read more

Cooking fate and contradictions in ‘Makanai’

YOUNG girls cooking for other young girls ruled by women who are ruled by men—that should describe Kore-eda Hirokazu’s The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House. But that is not fair to this series, which evokes almost a lost era even when we are reminded that all these events are happening now. There is more density to a narrative that attempts to describe this phenomenon of maiko or geiko, which, when articulated, should be framed within one of the most contentious cultural phenomena in Japanese society: the geisha. Japanologists would tell you the geisha is the most misunderstood being in Japanese culture, second only if not equal to the samurai. Which brings us to the immediate crisis—Makanai the series could suffer through similar contentions. Or misunderstanding.

Read more

Feasts for families

ONE of the highlights of Chinese New Year is families getting together to celebrate. The “Nian Ye Fan” or Chinese New Year dinner, also called as “Reunion Dinner,” is said to be the most important meal of the year as family members gather together to celebrate the coming year. Considered as the most-loved aspect of the Spring Festival, the dinner is set to share food and time with each other.