Sambuklod Festival - A Unique Celebration in Honor of St. Lorenzo Ruizby Emily G. SequeiraSeptember , 2003
The Festival includes a traditional parade of floats participated by the different sub-parishes and organizations using recycled materials. The highlight of the affair is the Street Dancing Competition or Mardi Gras which has a different theme every year. Sambuklod elicits from the people their cooperation and team spirit -- necessary ingredients to make a community move towards progress not only in their social and economic life but most importantly, in their spiritual growth.
From its third year, Sambuklod has been participated in by more diverse groups as the festival has been adapted by the City Council of Tourism as the official festival of this city. It is also a venue wherein eco-tourism can be promoted not only city-wide but also on the national level and perhaps in the future, in the international scene too.
Sambuklod Honors San Lorenzo Ruizby Emily G. SequeiraSeptember 21, 2009
Sambuklod is an acronym which stands for “Sambayanang Buhay at Umuunlad Kasama si Lorenzong Dakila.” (A Community that is Alive and Growing along with the Companionship of the Venerable Lorenzo).
“Buklod”, a Filipino word which means “unite” is what the festival hopes and wants to achieve - UNITY amidst DIVERSITY as a new parish and as a new and emerging community with residents coming from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
The annual festivity held at San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Parish in San Jose del Monte, the First City of the Province of Bulacan starts with a Novenario (9 days Novena to San Lorenzo Ruiz). The days that follow are filled with activities like variety shows, singing contests, “Palarong Pinoy”, fireworks display, processions and a Grand Healing Mass. The festival culminates on the 4th Sunday of September with a concelebrated Mass, a grand Parade and a Street Dancing Competition.
From its birth and conception in 2001, the festival evolved with a different theme each year, that showcases and highlights the community’s joyful and colorful thanksgiving for the many blessings received through the intercessions of San Lorenzo, the first Filipino Saint; the saint who had been willing “to live and give a thousand lives for God.” Like as many Filipino believers and devotees had put it in their own words: “Si San Lorenzo ang Santong Madaling Lapitan, Huwaran ng Mga Pinoy Kahit Saanman.”