What better way to celebrate fiesta in La Loma but to, well, dress up and parade roasted pigs in the annual Lechon Festival? 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 Lechon Festival or 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 in floats and carriages.

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 proceeded straight to La Loma instead. We were early, it was just 10:30 AM so we decided to take a walk around the area and work up a sweat.

Lechons (whole roast pigs) on display
Being playful with my shadow
Looking at the lechons up close

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.

Loud drumbeats for an even more festive mood

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 on parade. 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; I thought that they used whole pigs. The body, meanwhile, is made up of various materials – from wooden skeletons to papier maches – and then dressed and decorated.

royal couple
Royal couple

under the sea
Under the sea

Captain Barbell
Captain Barbell
Senior citizens
Senior citizens
Drum and lyre
Drum and lyre
Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid

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, which resulted to kilometric queues.

After the parade, Deeday and I decided to stroll around the La Loma area and marvel at the old houses as we 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.

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Narrating stories from the perspective of two souls who are both devoid of pretensions or appetite for anything ostentatious. This blog is about living life, pursuing passions, realizing dreams, appreciating culture and history, and just being happy.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 😉

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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! 🙂

  10. 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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