Our Fiesta Celebration 2012

July 28, 2012

Other than the official holidays of the year, we Filipinos also observe religious holidays we call Fiesta in honor of the different Patron Saints. Two days ago the town of Compostela in Compostela Valley Province (my town) observed fiesta in honor of Saint James, the Apostle. It is an event where people gather together to give honor and thanks through a festive celebration. Typically most households will prepare something special on the table for their family, relatives and friends to share. Singing, dancing, playing, drinking are apparent activities during fiesta and for many it is an all-day through affair.

 Also after feasting people are bound to check out what they can do around town. People with kids can go for some rides at the carnival and who would forget to play the popular bingo? Ah—this remind me of the old times. As teenagers my cousins and I never fail to play play bingo during fiesta. And of course for most women, the “ukay-ukay” (second-hand) stores is always the best place to be to spend the rest of the day. I seemed to miss the “ukay-ukay” shopping this year though. My cousins and I used to do it but this time I had to be somewhere with some of my old friends to watch an evening show.

 Anyway, here are some of our keepsakes for this year’s celebration courtesy of my nephew, RJ. By the time I’m done with all the kitchen chores I already got too tired to take pictures myself and I’m just glad the nephew was there to save my day. My family...

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The main dish for the day... roast pig!

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The carnival in town...

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