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Belle is a mother of 2 beautiful teenagers aged 19 and 18 years old. She is originally from Bato, Catanduanes. She loves fiddling around with computer on her free time.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Fun Day in Sariaya, Quezon Province.

Thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest in Sariaya, Quezon Province. May 15 is the feast of San Isidro, Labrador, patron saint of farmers in Sariaya. Several towns in Quezon celebrate the day as Thanksgiving for the year's bountiful harvest. In Sariaya, Quezon, the celebration is called "Agawan Festival" (Grabbing Festival). The festival is not only a day of Thanksgiving but also a way of sharing one's bounty.
Those chandeliers you see are made out of eggplants, carrots, and rice talks strung together. Pretty clever, eh?
You see the bamboo trees (known locally as bagakays)? They are adorned with fruits and junk foods, and the whole thing are lowered down after the procession for people to grab on for fun.
Interesting colorful decorations made out of native fans and hats.

You see those girls at the window? They are friends of mine who were lucky enough to experience the unique, enriching, interesting, and visually festive way of celebrating Thanksgiving in the Philippines.


vernaloo said...

Hi Belle

I love colors! So I like your 4th picture :) Anyway in my hometown in Negros, we also have our Banana Festival. Isn't it great to have feasts like that? :)

zherwin said...

hi belle. :)

wow, you've experienced pahiyas! i am from quezon so i am so proud of this. we have a similar festivity in lopez though not as big as that of lucban and sariaya. :)

Belle TH said...


you should take pictures of your Banana Festival. I bet it is fun to watch.

zherwin, my friends took these pictures when they came to see our friend from Sariaya. i thought the festival was rather interesting to blog about.

mousey said...

hi ate. blog hop po. ang saya- saya naman ng festival sa quezon at ang ganda ng mga kuha mo.

cruise said...

i like the last shot, the decoration is equally beautiful with the ladies on the window :)

Belle TH said...

hi mousey, thanks for the visit. hindi ako kumuha ng pictures. see those girls at the window? they were the ones who took the pictures.

hi cruise,

thanks! i will relay your comments to my friends.

niceheart said...

Belle, my father was from Atimonan, Quezon. I think one of my aunts was from Sariaya but I haven't been there, nor have I heard of this celebration. It looks like a lot of fun.

Heart of Rachel said...

It's a beautiful fiesta. Pity I haven't witnessed it up close yet. I'm sure it's fun to join the festivities.

Belle TH said...

@niceheart, it surely looks fun to experience the festivities.

@rachel, oh you live close to Quezon Province? i find it unique and very interesting.