Travelling to the Philippines and wanting to be part of a city festival? No problem! We got you the complete information that you need to help you enjoy your first Philippine fiesta.
What Are Fiestas?
Consider fiestas as a yearly celebration of thanks for the many bountiful blessings that a certain city or town has received. Fiestas are mostly celebrated by towns and cities to celebrate a patron saint or before/after a bountiful harvest of a certain food or product. They are also annual events when the cities they’re being celebrated in promote their tourism industry to coax more tourists to stop by and visit. One of the common highlights that fiestas are street dancing parades usually paired off with jolly and loud parade bands as well other activities like carnivals, salo-salo (or food gatherings), and beauty pageants.
How to Prepare for Your First Fiesta
When it comes to attending major fiesta events in a certain town or city, bulky or heavy baggage is a big no. Why? Security reasons; you don’t want to get mugged do you? Besides, bringing along baggage with you can be a huge hassle. It’s also advisable that you shouldn’t be bringing expensive valuables along with you too.
Bring a portable and user-friendly camera. You will never know what surprises you might stumble into the streets to bring along a camera that could instantly take shots without any delays. To save up some time (and also for baggage space), bringing along your smartphones and tablets are also good alternatives to capture those good memories.
Now what’s a fiesta without buying stuff? Fiestas usually sell items at a very affordable price. Take this as the perfect opportunity to buy pasalubong or souvenirs for your friends and relatives back at home.