Parada ng Lechon in Balayan, Batangas

If you’re planning to go in Batangas next month, why don’t you schedule it on the third week of June. The people in the historic town of Balayan are celebrating their much-awaited festival, Parada ng Lechon.


Parada ng Lechon is an annual festival in Balayan, Batangas in celebration of the feast day of St. John de Baptist (San Juan Bautista). It’s held every 24th of June.

The festival features grand parade of decorated roasted pigs through the streets. There are about 100 golden-brown roast pigs are decorated out in their platforms with all kinds of d├ęcor or according to the theme of the participating groups. You can see lots of lechon dressed like beauty queen, basketball player, music icons, chef,  bride and groom, among others.

One of the attractions and exciting part in the festival is “basaan,” where people throwing and splashing water to each other. Most of the tourists are bringing water guns filled with tap or cold water to join the "basaan" and feel the real festive of the celebration. You’re bounded to get wet in this exciting event so don't be hotheaded or super-sensitive. Bring extra clothes and put your gadgets in waterproof plastic if you're going to be part of "basaan".

Parada ng Lechon 2014' Schedule of Activities is not yet announced. Mark your calendar now if you want to join this cool festival in Batangas.

How to get to Balayan Batangas (Commute Way)

Going to the venue of festival is so easy. Take a bus bound to Balayan, where terminals can be found in Pasay or Sta. Cruz, Manila. Another option is to take a bus bound to Nasugbu. Then drop off at Palico; from there take a jeepney going to Balayan. You can also take a bus Lemery going to Balayan. From Lemery, travel a jeepney bound to Balayan. Travel time from Manila to Balayan is around 2.5 hours.

Aside from Parada ng Lechon, you can also join other festivals for the month of June such as Independence Day in Kawit Cavite, Mudpack Festival and Lilay Pandan Festival in Negros Occidental, Hugyaw Festival in Silay City and Pintados Festival in Tacloban City.

photo credit to WowBatangas



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