Parada ng Lechon: Most Celebrated Festival in Batangas
Mabuhay! Welcome to my hometown! Yes, I’m from this small town of Balayan in Western Batangas. It’s bounded by Tuy on the north, Calatagan and Lian on the west, Calaca on the east and the Balayan Bay on the south.
Our town is widely known for Bagoong Balayan, a brownish saline product achieved by partial fermentation of Anchovy with cheese-like in taste with a fishy scent, popularized by Seferino Inciong in 1929. Though it is said that it is already a backyard industry since the Spanish Times. Bagoong Balayan production is small-scale industry in Batangas, is one commodity Batangueños can be proud off. And the town of Balayan is where the best tasting anchovies are produced. However we have so much to offer here in Balayan and one of them is the Parada ng Lechon!
Parada ng Lechon
The Philippines is generally a festive nation, and Parada ng Lechón, a significant event in my hometown, is one of those. I can’t explain my excitement while counting the days before the 24th of June for the grand annual festival in our town. I grew-up looking forward for this day as much as Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
It topped the list of 10 Most Celebrated Festivals in Batangas by WOW Batangas. Lechón is a slow-roasted suckling pig, perhaps the Philippines’ most beloved dish. In 2009, Lechón of the Philippines is known to be the Best Pig in the world by TIME Magazine.
Parada ng Lechón is festival with a long parade of decorated suckling roasted pigs! This year, about 300 lechons were rallied on the main streets dressed according to the theme of the participating party. From Avengers meme, “THORk” a lechon in Thor costume, sun-bathing lechon, newly-wed lechons, Angry Lechons (Angry Birds meme) and so much more! These showed not only how creative Balayeños are, but also our best sense of humor.
Everyone is welcome! I’m so proud of my townmen’s warm hospitality. This grandest street party were attended by foreign and local tourists as well as politicians and celebrities. Have I mention that everyone is expected to be splashed with water? Yes! from tap, warm, cold, freezing or well maybe not just water, even beer! Always have your own water-gun because this is the wet and wild street party EVER!You’ll surely going home with a big smile.
So next time, save your June 24th, visit Balayan, and see for yourself on how we celebrate Parada ng Lechon because…feasting is indeed more fun in the Philippines!