It's San Juan Day today! Nope, 'not a Catholic but this tradition managed to become a nationwide thing each year. It originated in the San Juan, a city that's named after John the Baptist from the New Testament. John was the one who baptized Jesus Christ and in commemoration of this, each June 24, a feast is held in his honor.
But it's not just San Juan City anymore that's observing the basaan (water splashes), it is now common to see...
Raise your hand if you've ever been stuffed with menudo, kare-kare, adobo, lumpia, fruit salad, and of course, lechon, when you were invited to a fiesta. And here's a dilemma that only a seasoned fiesta goer could relate to - your relatives and friends might feel bad (tampo) if you don't eat the food that they serve to you. But that's a good kind of dilemma, right? To be stuffed with food?
Or is it?
I have even developed a technique so mapapagbigyan ko lahat ng kaibigan at kamag-anak (I could indulge all my relatives) with their need to feed me - and I am sharing this method with you so you won't resort to sticking your finger up your throat so you could throw up - just sample each dish.
Yup, that's not a totally new technique but it works. Just get a teaspoon or two of each dish and then fill the rest of the minutes with chitchats so they won't bug you to have a take two (a second helping).
But the foods aren't the only reason why Philippine fiestas are just so darn cool. Here are the other whys -
E.S. Villamor has made a career in writing for a decade now. Her online business - GIML (Gabriela Isabel & Miguel Lucas) Publishing started in 2014. She advocated for women's rights and was once enamored with imparting financial literacy through training and blogs but she is now focused on propagating all things Filipino. This site is also being groomed as a rich homeschooling resource.