Fiesta Outside Manila (Part One)

By BobbyRica | December 10, 2010


My last day in the Philippines was capped off by a fiesta at a far town. I decided that it’s about time I enjoy a different experience, away from the traffic, the rain, the sexy ladies, getting drunk and all that flirting in between.

Fiesta, in Spanish, is “party” but in the Philippines it means a whole lot more.

I learned that some people in provinces have to borrow a big amount of money just to feed their guests with all sorts of delicious Filipino dishes. I find this crazy, but somehow it’s a bit touching, really. People can go as far as being in debt to give food.


The fiesta did not turn out the way I expected. I thought people will be getting drunk on the streets and dance on loud music. I was wrong. Fiesta is actually a laid-back celebration for saints.

I was escorted to a house with a lot of guests. All had filled their plate with colorful dishes. I was really hungry from the travel so I set aside some casual chats and filled my late with fish, chicken, pork and beef. The food was scrumptious! It’s indescribable. I have a lot of working out to do, I thought.


After the sumptuous meal, people told me that they are celebrating for a patron saint. The saint was paraded and brought to the church. Afterwards people go to their houses and prepare for the feast. In some areas there are native games, marching bands and shows for the devouts and their guests. I was also told that people who are broke desperately borrow money just to have lots of food on the table for their guests lest they break the annual tradition. Having more guests and more food is their goal during fiestas. Interesting.

Then I met this really simple and beautiful girl.

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