Tag Archives: Bulacan province

#341 Pulilan Carabao Festival

A decorated carabao at the Pulilan Festival, Photo by Sidney Snoeck

Hundreds of work animals, mostly carabaos, are led on a parade in the streets of the town of Pulilan in Bulacan province every May 14 and 15 to honor its patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. The carabaos decorated with garland and shaved for the occasion, genuflect or kneel in front of the church. 

Visitors can witness the colorful Carabao Festival and other religious activities on May 14 when farmers all over the town pay tribute to San Isidro Labrador for a bountiful thanksgiving. The celebration includes hanging all sorts of fruits, candies, food crops and multi-colored kipings on bamboo poles. The affairs is highlighted by the kneeling of carabaos in front of the church and the symbolic floats. Every year, droves of San Isidro devotees flock to Pulilan to witness and join the festivities (Excerpted from the Province of Bulacan website).

Mabuhay ang Pulilan Carabao Festival!

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#240 Belekoy

Belekoy is a sweet delicacy that originated in Bulacan province, Philippines. This sweet pastry is made from flour, sugar, sesame seeds, and vanilla.

A sticky pastry, belekoy is a favourite candy among kids due to its nougat-like consistency and taste. Belekoy is also a popular “pasalubong” or homecoming gift and is often found or sold in retail stores, supermarkets, from mobile vendors at bus stations and in pecialised food shops.

Long live Philippine delicacies!

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