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.
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 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.
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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