|Biggel became a byword not only in Marinduque but in many places nationwide and in different countries where the Pinoy Big Brother show is watched by Filipino overseas workers.|
|Gasan town organized the holding of an official "Putong" welcome ritual for Biggel and his family.|
|Biggel's homecoming was covered for television by the ABS-CBN crew.|
|Putong is a very old ritual of thanksgiving handed down from generation to generation in this small island-province known for its peaceful and laid-back ambience.|
|"Putong" is a song-dance-prayer ritual performed for the honorees that they may live a long life of happiness, good health and prosperity. Children scamper to pick up coins tossed by men and women as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.|
|Biggel is crowned King for a day, together with family members who |
must also share his blessings.
|Lit candles are for enlightenment, the crown (made of woven nito vine |
with a miniature morion carving and feathers), for wisdom.
|"Viva, Viva, Viva Buhayin, Buhayin, Buhayin ang Santong Pinutungan namin", they sing. |
So Biggel is both BoyKing and Saint for today.
|VIVA BIGGEL! They shout amid a shower of petals and confetti.|
|"Kayo po ang aking unang-unang inspirasyon sa Bahay ni Kuya", Biggel stresses here in his remarks amid loud cheers and applause!|