Lechon Festival in La Loma (Parada ng Mga Lechon)

Lechon Festival in La Loma (Parada ng Mga Lechon) My rating: 5 out of 5

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.

Lechon

Lechons (whole roast pigs) on display

shadow

Being playful with my shadow

lechon

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.

drum

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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Article written by Ivan Jose

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.

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  1. Fatima A. (@Blogsbyfa) Reply

    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. sensubhadrika Reply

    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. kemkem Reply

    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.

    • Ivan Jose Reply

      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. Michelle Reply

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

  5. Jolina Reply

    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!

    • Ivan Jose Reply

      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. cheskaaanels Reply

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

  7. Liz Mays Reply

    What a fun time! Those displays are very pretty. People are so creative.

  8. The Walking Map Reply

    Never heard of this but those masks look scary!

  9. Mai Cochico Reply

    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.

  10. lilytravella Reply

    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.

  11. Ana De Jesus Reply

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

  12. Amazing Life Daily Reply

    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!

  13. DavidTofie Reply

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

  14. Jessica Ayun Reply

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

  15. FabZlist (@fabzlist) Reply

    looks like you had a wonderful time! Never heard of this festival before! looks fun

  16. Euge Nia Reply

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

  17. xoxobellablog Reply

    What a fun festival, Looks like you had a wonderful time. I like all the decorations they are very neat!

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  18. mariaisquixotic Reply

    Lechons are really amazing especially when they are dressed. Such a wondrous event this is!

  19. momi berlin Reply

    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.

  20. Anamika Ojha Reply

    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™‚

  21. cykaniki Reply

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

  22. Anna Baun (@alilyloveaffair) Reply

    The festival looks like so much fun! And I love all of the bright, festive colors. So glad you had a great time! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

  23. Sandra Mo Reply

    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˜‰

  24. chrmgmb Reply

    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.

    • Ivan Jose Reply

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

  25. lizellecruz Reply

    Lechon is my fave Filipino food ever!! Hope i can attend a lechon festival someday .

  26. Cheanne Reply

    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.

  27. Tamz Reply

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

  28. Jane Rosewood Reply

    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.

    • Ivan Jose Reply

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

  29. Marge Gavan Reply

    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!

  30. rowenarose Reply

    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

  31. Aldrick 'chiki' Zabala Agpaoa Reply

    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™‚

  32. SofarsoSabine Reply

    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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