My mum got promoted to supervisor and is to be sent to Dumaguete for 3 months, she’ll be leaving on the 3rd of September. So, she wanted to take us out to eat but we couldnt decide where, she didnt want to eat at typical fast food joints and since it is “Niyogyugan Festival” here in our province, a festival where each town of Quezon province compete on several things like street dancing, Beauty Pageant, Floats, booth and each town gets the chance to showcase their delicacies, it’s a fun and beautiful event, it’s one you should go to and experience if you’re a culture buff (is that even a legit terminology? my apologies if it isnt), because you’ll get to experience it once you set foot in Perez Park (where you’ll find the booths), which is located in Lucena City.
Anyway, she hasnt been to one because my mum is such a workaholic that she goes home (Pagbilao) only when there’s a long weekend and on special occasions,she agreed to go and was actually ecstatic about it. We originally planned to eat at Antigua, but when we got there the place was already full! instead of waiting we decided to go to Buddy’s instead, which was one trike ride away, I was on a diet but I ate a lot earlier and declared today as a cheat day hahaha, my mum ordered so much! She ordered, pancit lucbana and lumpiang ubod for her and lola, fried chicken for my baby brother, pork barbecue with 2 extra rice for my other brother and sizzling squid sisig and plain rice for me. I felt so full after that, that I wasnt sure if I can move or not, but we had to keep going because my mum wanted to see the different booths already and buy stuff. All of them are lovely but some did stand out, like Atimonan’s which featured a mermaid and waterfall, Tayabas’ (my hometown) which had a pouring lambanog, and Real (reh-yal) which actually looked too fancy! My mum bought lots of stuff especially pastry.
At about 2 PM we went back to Antigua to watch the grand parade, we stood for about 2 hours because we were in front and mother didnt want to lose our “great” spot. They said that the parade will start at 3 but at 3:40, we’re still standing there waiting for it to arrive and my grandma was already getting irritated. But once it started it’s as if our legs werent sore for standing that long, we saw the well made, beautiful floats of each town presented by districts and their energetic street dancers too, who despite of the heat and distance of the parade, still looked full of life. Our town, Pagbilao’s float was the last one, and behind it was the float of Mr. Paulo Avelino and Ms. Erich Gonzaga, two of the most well-known local celebrities now and everyone was gushing at how handsome and charming Mr. Avelino is, although I do agree with the handsomeness he still didnt make me swoon, I’m more of a tall, dark and handsome kind of girl, like Khal Drogo and my ultimate crush Jericho Rosales hahahaha, but it was still nice seeing him.
The most special thing for me today wasnt seeing the stars, or the beautiful floats and booths, it’s the fact that my grandmother agreed to go with us to eat and have fun. It’s not because she’s old and ill, she isnt that old and she isnt ill she just doesnt like going to the mall or anywhere really because she hates getting sweaty and feeling hot, I like it when she’s with us because I feel at ease because I dont worry that she might be in any trouble/accident because she’s alone in the house playing candy crush. Today was a great day, I hope you had a great Sunday too 🙂
(that’s my grandmother with me on the featured photo, sorry for the heavy filter my mother purchased a new phone which she used to take this picture with. She’s still figuring out how to remove the automatic filter)