July 20, 2011

Baliw-Baliw Festival: The Story

With trash lumping by the swamp, people started to crowd around, waiting for the tide, waiting for the ferry that carried the patron—St. Vincent Ferrer. Three women remained undisturbed by the growing crowd and continued cleaning the innards of the slaughtered pig for paklay, a menu of pig’s innards and spices.  A woman dropped an opened gallon attached to a rope down the well. The other two chopped the innards into chunks. Slaughtering a pig is a symbol of festivity. A pig is an archetype of lavishness, of corruption, of extremes. And barrio fiestas exactly mirror this culture, this belief. […]