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Batangas: Parada ng Lechon Fiesta ng Balayan (Schedule, How to Get There, Tips)
Celebrated annually in the town of Balayan, Batangas on June 24th, the feast day of John the Baptist, Parada ng Lechon fiesta has the unique combination of roasted pigs paraded around town on colorful carrozas and makeshift vehicles while people and spectators splash water on one another, some sort of emulation of St. John baptising Jesus before the start in the river Jordan.
Pictures of Parada ng Lechon, Balayan, Batangas (a bit hazy, taken with an iPhone 4S wrapped in ziplock to protect it from water)
Parade participants and spectators splash water on one another
the float of MacDonalds with yellow and orange baloons
a nice roasted pig with shades hat and wig costume
roast pig pharaoh of Ancient Egypt
Parada ng Lechon:
Schedule of Parade (start): June 24 around 9am (probably after the mass at Balayan Church (Parish of St. John the Baptist (San Juan Bautista)
1. If you have your own vehicle, be there early as you will just get stuck in heavy traffic and won't enjoy the celebration.
2. Bring extra clothes as you will get wet, unless you will just witness the parade from afar or inside your car
3. Protect your gadgets with plastic bags or ziplock
4. Recommend a waterproof camera if you have or just use plastic cover/case for your camera
5. Don't get angry when you get wet, you went there so you at least expect to get wet
6. Close your car window, even of the highway, you may be surprised some kids and people splash water on passing vehicles
How to Get to Balayan, Batangas:
If you intend to commute to Balayan, there are buses on EDSA, Cubao or taft Avenue corner Buendia to take you directly to Balayan. There are vans/fx/shuttle service to Balayan on Zamora St at the back of Kabayan Hotel near Metropoint Mall at the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue in Pasay (fare: PhP180.00) with travel time of about 3 hours via Tagaytay.
Driving directions to Balayan, from Makati, take SLEx then exit at Sta. Rosa, pass by Tagaytay, turn right at the end of Tagaytay - Sta. Rosa road, drive all the way until you reach the junction of the road the either go to nasugbu or Balayan. Turn left to get to Balayan then turn right to Balayan main road.
You wrote: "vans/fx/shuttle service to Balayan at Metropoint Mall at the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue in Pasay (fare: PhP180.00) with travel time of about 3 hours via Tagaytay" Is there anyone who took such transportation this 2013? Athough I used these Vans a few years ago, recently I couldn't find them anymore. The info is spread on the web, thanks to Wikitravel I guess, but who knows for sure? I'd like to have the info. Thanks
anonymous, see above. i updated the post. no vans now at Metropoint, the vans are on Zamora St behind Kabayan Hotel. I have an officemate from Balayan who comes home every week so it's guaranteed accurate