Classes are suspended in various parts of Luzon due to massive flooding and unrelenting rainfall caused by Typhoon Falcon. But nothing can stop the people of Balayan in celebrating this day.
June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist and of course, the celebration of the King of Philippine Festivals — Parada ng Lechon!
Storm signal no.1 was announced over Batangas but like what I’ve said in the intro, nothing can stop Balayeños, not even Typhoon Feria. Tuloy pa rin ang Parada ng Lechon kahit anong mangyari! It even made the celebration more enjoyable with the downpour since this is all about getting soaked with water all around town.
It was one of the best and the most unforgettable events the team had experienced. And I mean it to the superlative degree!
We arrived in Balayan shortly after dawn and just in time to witness pig roasting on every street. I can still remember vividly the pigs being showered with Royal (tru-orange) and how we were so excited to peel off the roasted skin too early.
Of course, the stars of the day were the roasted pigs dolled up by participants of the Parada ng Lechon. The participants are not only from Balayan. There are groups and businesses who join this festival every year, and I mean big companies and organizations ha.
May mga lechon na ginawang boksingero, superhero, driver ng motor, beauty queen, model ng alak, atbp. Pabonggahan ang labanan!
Wet and Wild
It’s a wet and wild party for General Patronage! Haha. Young and old, Batangueños and non-Batangueños, party animals and homebodies — everyone get to experience the thrill of being fired with water guns or being poured with a pail of water from a stranger’s window.
Syempre, ang mga boys abang na abang ang mga chicks na pumaparada. Maui Taylor’s a consistent guest in Parada ng Lechon. Isa pang syempre, wala s’yang kawala sa bulingan. Haha.
After the grand parade, everyone gathered at the Rotonda. A fire truck stays near and that’s what made the people all cheering and soaking wet, haha. Imagine a fire truck hitting you with water.
Street Party Here and There
Yes, in every corner of the streets (at least in this district where it’s all happening) parties are up until the evening. Beer? Free beer for everyone! Para kang nag-bar hopping ng libre.
You’ll see people dancing, singing, laughing, and still splashing water forever. What an event.
We’re wondering how they celebrated Parada ng Lechon 2011 with Typhoon Falcon?
We’d like to share our collection of Parada ng Lechon photos throughout the years. View the photos of Parada ng Lechon: Then and Now album in our Facebook page.
Oh, if you have photos of your Parada ng Lechon experience, you can share them to us through email@example.com. We’ll have your photos included in our Parada ng Lechon: Then and Now album. Don’t forget to include important information and the year the photo was taken.