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La Laguna: The Festival of Life
There are so many festivals in the Philippines and each has its own root, purpose and a unique way on how to celebrate it. Aside from essential things like rice, I can say that festivals (from simple to grandest) have been a part of Filipino life since the old age. A year won't pass without seeing those colorful "banderitas" (banners) hanging on the streets. As a kid, the town fiesta is one of the happiest event for me because toys are everywhere and I will have my 'special duck shaped suman' (rice cake) from grandmother.
In the province of Laguna (part of Region IV-A: CALABARZON ), every city, town or barrio has their own fiesta but what if all of the 26 towns and 4 cities will be combined together?
Well, "LA LAGUNA" will emerge! One of the grandest festival in the province.
So let's have a glimpse!
The Festival of life is only on its second year of celebration so it's one of the newest. Sta. Cruz (capital of Laguna) is the center of the activities like the Fluvial and Float Parades, different competitions such as Land float, Street Dancing, Cultural Extravaganza, Trade Fair, Gay Mardi Gras, Flora and Fauna Farms, Pyro Musical or fireworks, 3D Street Art Painting, New Wave Film Fest, Dragon Boat Race, Banca Race, Marathon (The Save Laguna Lake Run), Talentadong Laguneño, La Laguna Idol, Brass Band Competition, La Laguna Photo Contest, Ginoo and Binibining Laguna Beauty Pageants, Cook Fests, Modern Dance Showdown, Paralympics and many many more!
If you want to see another great festival in the Philippines, you have to see this one!
Land floats of the different townsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cultural ShowClick thumbnail to view full-size
Street Dancers preparing for the competition
MasksClick thumbnail to view full-size
Other things to be seenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Food is everywhere
There are many other things you can see here so it's good to pay a visit. Don't forget to bring your family and friends. Camera is also a must to do those "selfies" and have some good shots of the event.
The festival is from April 20- 29, 2012. If you can't make it, there's still next year!