Friday, April 28, 2017

Carabao-Carroza Festival at 45

Pavia, Iloilo welcomes the warm temperature and the gratifying wave of heat with the celebration of Carabao-Carroza Festival on May 3, 2017.The celebration continues to fire up every Pavianhons’ spirit in entertaining their visitors with its annual festivity on its 45th year this year.

The Carabao-Carroza Festival, considered as the provinces’ oldest festival is one of the favourite cultural celebrations of the Ilonggos. It has evolved into a ritualistic occasion that combines the colourful and enjoyable atmosphere of deeply-rooted events of Carabao-Carroza parade and race annually observed every as part of the towns’ Municipal Fiesta celebration.

The local officials are more committed to the core values contained in their shared heritage that makes Carabao-Carroza Festival the longest-running festival celebration in Iloilo.

As early as 6:30 am, residents and spectators partake in the tradition as they fill the parade route to witness and cheer for their favourites. The parade is made up of 18 well-embellished carrozas along with 18 lovely muses and supported by their respective barangays officials and supporters wearing color-coded shirts. The parade starts in Barangay Ungka-I passing the poblacion area and finishes at the grandstand of Pavia National High School. The 18 muses are then introduced individually during a short program.

The second part of the celebration begins as Carabaos compete in a friendly 100-meter race at the football ground of Pavia National High School in categories with and without their carrozas.

This activity is a means of connecting to their past and celebrating their indigenous roots and ancestries. It is observed not only for blessing for good and bountiful produce during the year and for the coming year but celebrate and  honor an important and faithful partner that support those persons involved in the farming industry of this town.  Pavianhons see and consider their carabaos as part of their family.

Situated 9.6 kilometers or a 20-minute drive north of Iloilo City is the Agro-Industrial Center of the province, Pavia. Measuring only 2,703 hectares, this Second Class municipality is politically subdivided into 18 barangays and is bordered by the municipalities of Oton, San Miguel, Sta. Barbara, Leganes and Iloilo City. To get to Pavia, one can take jeepney in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Come along to the event. It will surely be a great day out. 

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