Banga

History, Structure and Significance.

The Banga has a relation to the legend of Calamba’s name. According to the legend, it started with a legend of two Spanish soldiers or guardia civils who got lost as they passed through what is presently Calamba. The soldiers came across a girl carrying a jar of water and a stove. The soldiers unconsciously speaking Spanish and, with imposing tone to cover up their situation, asked the girl where they were. The lady, however, who only spoke her native dialect, thought they were inquiring about what she was carrying and uttered nervously the words “kalan-banga,” which means clay stove for “kalan” and water jar for “banga.” The Spanish soldiers had difficulty pronouncing it and called it Calamba instead.The Banga is the memoir of the said legend. It’s also known as the “World’s largest Claypot” and also included in the city’s seal (Calamba History,Philippines).

There are some people who said that the Banga was originally owned by Jose Rizal and they also say that it is just small before (Rizal,Gloria).

At present, the Banga is visited by many tourists and it’s just in front of the St. John the Baptist Parish and beside the Rizal Shrine.

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