Monday, June 8, 2009

Fiesta @ Barotac

I went back to Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo to complete the football documentary I am working on. I was supposed to book the flight for this week but work got in the way (read: the kick-off of the Ateneo Sesquicentennial). Next week is the culmination of the town fiesta actually so I arrived for the start of the festivities.

I tried to soak in as much of the activities except the weather wouldn't cooperate at times.

Here are pictures from my three-day stay.

Posing outside the mosaic on the side of the San Antonio de Padua Church

The float containing the Fiesta Queen and her Royal Court.

The parade lasted for an hour and a half (maybe more) and featured several dozen floats, marching bands, and dance troupes. There were police, military, rescue, and civic groups as well. It sure was hot but everyone had a blast.

Street Pizza!

Street Shake. This fetches for Php 12 bucks.

One of the most hilarious side events for me was this -- this was their Boys Choir! Hahahaha. Of 35 years ago or some such. Hahahaha.

The letting loose of the balloons was one of the last symbolic gestures before the official declaration of the start of the fiesta. And that led to the next picture below...

Fireworks Saturday dusk. It took about seven minutes to launch all those rockets and pyrotechnics in the air.

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