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Always colorful, always full of merry-making, always festive: that is the Philippine town fiesta.

Once a year, each town, village, or barangay celebrates its fiesta, usually to honor a patron saint.

It’s that time of the year when people, young and old, don costumes and dance to infectious beat.

It’s that time of the year when pigs are roasted

and served on the table, along with other favorite foods, for everyone to enjoy.

It’s that time of the year when vendors like him get so very lucky with their sales,

because people troop to the streets to watch their favorite drum and bugle corps.

It’s that time of the year when Filipinos who work and live abroad go back to honor their patron saint, renew their identity and strengthen the ties that bind them to the place they will always call home.

Posted 4 years, 2 months ago at 9:27 am.


48 Replies

  1. This is one of the things that I like about the Philippines, Fiestas – an event showing a united community and its rich cultures. Great post Miss N πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks, Sam! Balik ka lang uli nang balik sa Pinas para lagi kang makaka-experience ng fiesta πŸ˜‰

  3. Its more fun in the philippines talaga. One of the best happenings sa pinas ang fiesta. Napakakulay ng paligid, happy vibes ang lahat and most of all nagkakatipon tipon amg lahat.

  4. Pag fiesta, isa lang ang gusto kong isigaw, Jaid: ang saya, saya! πŸ™‚ Congrats on your new blog pala. Aabangan ko ang mga susunod na kabanata.

  5. ang titingkad ng kulay ng mga picture mo , ganda tingnan, colorful, vivid and strong vibrance.

  6. Athan! Maraming salamat. So, kumusta naman ang gala? Tuloy na tuloy na ba talaga ang paggalugad mo ng Rizal? I hope you will be blessed with a good weather, para naman ma-enjoy mo talaga ang mga lakad.

  7. Ang colorful nga and ang festive! This is one of the joyous times of the year. Apparently in our place, no fiestas are held though I remember having such celebrations when I was younger.

    I hope all is well at your end πŸ™‚

  8. Thanks, Ida. I am well and I hope you are, too. Have a wonderful weekend. Happy to see you here again at my blog.

  9. Kaya nga uuwi ako sa province namin this Sept kasi fiesta..at namiss ko sya last year.

  10. Hi June,
    Magandang araw at salamat sa pagbisita. Malapit na ang Sept kaya malapit ka na uli maka-experience ng fiesta. Tiyak na masaya yun! Post ka rin ng mga pics mo sa blog mo ha?

  11. makulay ang buhay Pinoy! lagi… πŸ™‚

  12. Lagi pong makulay, Ate San πŸ™‚

  13. Jonathan Aug 16th 2013

    My last true fiesta attendance was when I was still a child. The photos are great reminders of our rich background. I wish I get to see a grand spectacle such as the one from your photographs. Care to share from which province it was taken. Thanks!

  14. Hi Jonathan,
    These photos were taken from different places: Northern Samar, Cavite, and Pandacan in Manila. Hope the next time you visit the Philippines, you’d experience a grand fiesta again.

  15. Such a wonderful burst of colors. I miss these fiestas in the Philippines. It’s been ages since I last saw one. How I wish I could visit the Visayas in the near future. Meanwhile, I will just have to explore locally until I get back to the Philippines again.

  16. Hope you can go back to Pinas, Ms. Jem. And time your visit for your town fiesta πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for dropping in and for your kind words. I had a look at your blog and you have amazing travel accounts and photos. I am green with envy πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend.

  17. Thank you, Miss N for your compliments for my blog. Some of the photos are not mine. I genuinely love yours. I think you’ve got a DSLR because one can just tell by the colors.

    Anyway, my town fiesta is in March and it’s not as colourful and dramatic as yours. I love Visayan and Mindanaoan festivals. They are more lively.

  18. Wow ! I’ve heard so much about Fiestas from my parents ( from some photos too) but yours seem to be really fun ! ! I wish I could see one !

  19. Thanks for your kind words, Tenx. You should visit the Philippines someday. I’m sure you will enjoy celebrating fiesta with your folks and your relatives here.

  20. My LIKE button isn’t working. Anyway, LIKED, very much so. Cheers !

  21. Hi Reynx!
    Thanks for the LIKE. Put a big smile on my face πŸ™‚

  22. adinparadise Aug 17th 2013

    Wonderful pics. That festival looks like so much fun. πŸ™‚

  23. It is, Sylvia. One of the festivals I look forward to each year. Thanks.

  24. adinparadise Aug 17th 2013

    Your like button wouldn’t work for me. πŸ™

  25. Sorry, Sylvia, it seems it really isn’t working. I’ll have to look into it.

  26. the dancing, and the beautiful costumes in several of the photos are awesome!

  27. Thanks! I wish you could have also heard the noise in the streets πŸ™‚

  28. this post brings back memories of our town fiesta. it wasn’t as grand and festive as this one, but i looked forward to it just the same. it was the time when my cousins from manila came for a visit. oh, those were the days!

  29. Fiesta will always have a special place in many Filipinos’ heart. Yes, what I also always look forward during fiesta is the reunion with relatives and friends, and the seemingly never ending tsikahan at kuwentuhan πŸ˜‰

  30. Very colorful, fun! Great food πŸ™‚ Love the costume.

  31. Big thanks for your visit, Amy.

  32. This is something na palagi kong niloloook forward every year kc ito ung time na nakokompleto kmi , fiesta for us is reunion, ilovefesta

  33. Aha, pareho tayo pala tayo ng nilo-look forward tuwing fiesta, yung reunion. Maraming reunion tuwing fiesta eh: mgakakamag-anak, magkakaibigan, magkakaklase. Ang saya lang kasi kapag nagsasama-sama ang mga taong matagal ding hindi nagkita-kita.

    Maraming salamat sa muling pagdalaw dito, kaibigan.

  34. What a lovely and colourful event. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog. You asked me about what lens I shoot with. Mostly it’s either a portrait lens or a 100mm Macro lens. Occasionally a long 400mm lens. πŸ™‚

  35. Thanks for visiting my blog, too! I got curious because of the really lovely bokeh in your photos πŸ˜‰ I got to use more often the 50mm I have. That’s the only closest thing I have to a macro. A 100mm macro here in the Philippines will cost me an arm and a leg so gotta make use well of the 50mm for the meantime πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  36. Wonderful and vibrant!

  37. Thanks, Fiona!

  38. Uy litson!

    hay, nakakamiss na ang mga fiesta celebrations. Dito kasi sa min di ko alam kelan fiesta. hehehehe. Di ko pa alam kung alin ang patron saint namin. Dun sa lugar na kinalakhan ko, nung Aug 16 lang, San Roque. Nadaan ako dun nung fiesta pero di naman ganon na katulad ng dati ang selebrasyon ng mga tao.

  39. Hala, alamin mo na kung sino ang patron saint ninyo dyan hehe. O, baka naman di mo pa alam kung kelan ang fiesta dyan ha πŸ™‚

    Nagbabago nga siguro ang paraan ng pag-celebrate ng fiesta sa iba-ibang lugar sa pagdaan ng panahon.

    Salamat sa muling pagdaan, Rogie.

  40. You’re welcome, Ms. N. sige, pag nalaman ko invite kita pag fiesta sa min. punta ka ha πŸ˜€

  41. haha! Basta ba may handa ahahaha!

  42. hahaha. syempre meron. pansit at pandesal πŸ˜€

  43. Ah, masarap ang mga yan! πŸ™‚

  44. Nakakamiss ang town fiesta sa amin, ganitong ganito ang mga kaganapan sa atin sa Samar… ang hirap lang maging malayo kaya’t pinagkakasya nalang sa patingin tingin sa mga litrato hehehe

  45. Ah, I can totally relate sa sinabi mo. The whole time na nag-aaral ako sa Manila simula high school hanggang makatapos ng college, hindi ako nakapag-fiesta kahit isang beses. Kaya lagi na lang akong nakikitingin sa mga picture. I remember the first time nakapag-fiesta ako after so many years! Ang saya ng feeling! πŸ™‚

  46. hi kapatid.
    what i really like during fiesta is the ‘kainan’ portion. :-))

  47. Kapatid! Sa tagal na hindi ka nagawi rito, naging for moderation na tuloy ang comment mo hehehe. Hindi ka na nakilala ng blog ko lol.

    Agree ako dyan, kapatid. Masayang part talaga ng fiesta yang kainan portion. Kung minsan pa nga may baunan portion pa eh πŸ™‚

    Salamat sa pagdalaw. God bless!

  48. ahaha, ang ganda ng akda mo, miss N. may naisulat rin akong post before -Ipamahagi ang mga Tuwa at Sakit – about Filipino rituals. nag-guest post ito sa site ni superlolongpinoy. but now that i’ve read your composition, nahiya me. ang simple ng sa iyo, ang drama no’ng sa ‘kin, ahaha… musta po? πŸ™‚

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