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Wednesday, June 28, 2017


A fun and exciting Festival of the Roasted Pig or commonly known as the Parada ng Lechon in Balayan Batangas just recently concluded last June 24, 2017. This festivity was indeed a pride of the Batangenos, particularly in Balayan. 

Lechon / Roasted Pig in costume during the 2017 Parada ng Lechon in Balayan, Batangas

The festival highlighted a grand parade of the so-called Lechon or Roasted Pig of Balayan Batangas dressed in a different creative theme of different barrios, line up and parade in the national street of Balayan, Batangas. 

Why Lechon during the feast? 

Way back in the Spanish time villagers used to Lechon served during a grand celebration. This became a tradition and adopted by the succeeding generations and being practiced up to now. Roasted pigs or the pigs turned into the symbol of Batangas tradition during the feast celebration. Thus, the feast derived its name. On the other hand, Balayan Batangas is very popular for their native delicacy called Lechon.

The feast is held annually every 24 th  of June to commemorate the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ done by their patron saint, St. John the Baptist or San Juan. That is why a portion of the feast includes a splashing water and dousing of the visitors, bystanders & attendees of the procession along the road while the parade is ongoing. 

The main thought of the celebration is a way of giving thanks and to venerate the Patron Saint, St. John the Baptist (San Juan). This event is also known as the Feast Day of Saint Jonh, which marked his nativity (date of birth). 

After the parade, a sumptuous and non-stop eating, drinking and various activities followed. 

Did you know that this year, 2017, a day prior to the Saint John the Baptist Feast is the national / international celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Feast of the Sacred Heart) by the Christian Roman Catholics? 

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(Photos taken by Mr. David Kim on June 24, 2017)

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