Lechon Festival in La Loma (Parada ng Mga Lechon)


What better way to celebrate fiesta in La Loma but to, well, dress up and parade lechon? After all, La Loma is the lechon capital of the Philippines. So, last May 16, 2011, I accepted another invitation from Deeday to watch the parade of lechons at their place in La Loma. I thought it entertaining to see all those succulent roast pigs in colorful costumes and in various made up scenes.

We met at UP at around 10 am. We dropped our initial plan to jog around the acad oval because of sheer laziness. As such, we went straight to La Loma. We were early, it was just 10:30 AM so we decided to take a walk around and work up a sweat.

By 12 NN, we felt hungry so we headed to Shakey’s for some “light” lunch. After which, we went back to Deeday’s house to rest a bit and wait there for the parade.

The whole of La Loma was in fiesta mood, naturally. The parade started a bit late at around past 1 PM. Children as well as adults were all in the sidewalks excitedly waiting for the lechons. When the parade finally came into view, the spectators were obviously thrilled to see the “stars” of the fiesta. I later realized that only the heads of the pigs were used. The body, meanwhile, is made up of various materials – from wooden skeletons to papier maches – and decorated.

With all the lechons we saw, we found it impossible to even have a bit of a craving for the crispy, fatty pork skin. By the way, free lechon was distributed to the residents of La Loma.

After the parade, Deeday and I decided to stroll around the area and wait for the evening procession. Later that night, we had coffee and chatted for a while. I went home early that evening as we were both tired and there was work the following day.


51 Replies to “Lechon Festival in La Loma (Parada ng Mga Lechon)”

  1. I can see that you had a wonderful time there. It does sound fun. It was lovely reading about your experience at the Lechon Festival in La Loma.

  2. The photographs makes me think about the immense fun you must have had actually being present in the festival. Hope to read more about your adventures.

  3. I would love to attend a Lechon Festival. It looks like a lot of fun. I love pork, and the fact that it was free for residents sounds awesome. I love the first picture…yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for dropping by! Lechon is good, you should try it when you visit the Philippines. There are different varieties but you should try the ones in Quezon City and Cebu City.

  4. I can’t get enough of the decorated pigs. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing (:

  5. Oh my goodness I miss lechon. We get lechon here but it’s not the same! Know that I am green (very green) with envy!

    1. Hahaha. It’s nice to know that you are familiar with lechon. The best place to get lechon, of course, is here in the Philippines.

  6. Oh wow that sounds like a lot of fun!! The photos are also awesome love how its all so colourful!

  7. Wow, sounds like a lot of fun! Fiestas are definitely better when you join the celebration and go out in the streets to see the parade. Although, the pig heads dressed in human clothes are quite creepy.

  8. I don’t blame you for not jogging. I wouldn’t have done either haha. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. I’d love to go.

  9. Looks like a fun festival, I love all the bright colours in the procession and I wouldn’t blame you for not jogging!

  10. Meron palang parada ng litson sa La Loma? To think I lived near there for decades and I never knew about that! Nag crave tuloy ako ng litson!

  11. Very fun festival from what I see. There are so many colors and people. Personally didn’t like the “decorated pigs”.

  12. Ang sarap! Pahinging sawsawan! Haha. Love their creativity on how they dress the lechon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. What an amazing festival, the photo are simply amazing! Very creative! Pinned your post!

  14. Surely it was a fun day. I wonder how many lechons were used during the parade. Funny but when I read the part free lechon distributed to residents, i felt a little envious. hehehe.

  15. I have never heard about this festival. It looks so colorful and I bet, you had so much fun! Thanks for sharing this post with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I really love eating lechon, especially lechon skin, yummy, you made me crave right now, hahaha, those lechons in dress are awesome,

  17. OOh I like these kind of cultural festival, food, music, dance, costumes, I like the atmosphere so much ! We have lots of those celebrations in Italy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. I never attended this festival but we have relatives who participates in the event. Hopefully we can watch too and we can taste some of that yummy lechon.

    1. It was fun attending the event but, honestly, I did not have the appetite for meat after that. Haha.

  19. Oh, poor piggies! Hehehe! I am not a fan of lechon. I’m sure this is a big event though as a lot of Filipinos loooove lechon! Is La Loma lechon better than Cebu lechon? I only have that for comparison.

  20. Looks like a nice carnival atmosphere out there. And with some good food i suppose

  21. I don’t know how I feel about a festival that uses pigs bodies as puppets for the entertainment of the audience. It seems weird to me but I guess every place has its habits.

    1. Yup, it was mostly for fun but I agree with you. Not all people would want to see pigs bodies in such a way.

  22. Wow a lechon fiesta, I would love to attend one. I think it would be such a spectacle to see all those pigs being paraded. The mermaid pig is so cute!

  23. Whoah….. Lechon, I love them so
    Much! It is so cute to see them in costumes… This is somewhat the same as balayan festival’s lechon festival

  24. Wow! I never attended such festival and it looks like fun! Parading lechons in the streets are quite weird and peculiar for some but it surely does bring entertainment to everyone! Lechon is one of Philippines’ delicious foods and I just miss eating such! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Oh my, I have never seen this in my life. All those pig heads and pigs. I know this is a very important tradition. But it’s a bit new to me haha! Have to get used to this. Glad you enjoyed!

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