Batangas holds the world-famous Parada ng Lechon
Yesterday wasn’t just a typical Sunday for Batangueños. After all, they just held what is considrered as ultimate fiesta experience in the Philippines — by parading our all-time favorite dish, lechon.
The world-famous “Parada ng Lechon” or Roasted Pig Parade is celebrated at Balayan, Batangas annually on June 24.
“The yearly parade of hundreds of mouth-watering roast pigs originated in the old thanksgiving custom of the working class in honor of Saint John the Baptist in what-used-to-be the poor and depressed area of the Kanluran district (western Poblacion) of the town, famous also for its Bagoong Balayan,” a report in Manila Bulletin explained.
At one point, the parade was even described as “the most hospitable and unique fiesta celebration in the country” because the fun does not end with the parade of roast pigs. It is usually capped with a town-wide drinking and singing session throughout the Balayan town.
“Beer and music lovers attest that the real fun begins after the parade when Balayan town becomes a very big and open beer fest area where people drink enormous amounts of beer and other liquors and listen to dozens of live bands in many streets of the poblacion and even in many barrios,” the report further said.