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...
neighboring cities and provinces also joining in the fun. Local officials even commission fire trucks loaded with gallons of water just to splash, squirt, and pour water throughout the streets.
The festivities are also being observed even in the Visayas with families flocking to the seashore and taking lots of food with them (this is, after all, a fiesta). In Mindanao, the locals and tourists participate in the so-called Kaliguan Festival in Surigao del Norte. This festival is filled with water sports, parades, and fluvial processions.
Bawal ang pikon (those who are easily angered by jests are not welcome) , of course. And, yes, bring an umbrella or a raincoat!
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. -- Loren Eiseley
ABS-CBN Corp. "10 Mindanao Festivals This June." Choose Philippines. Accessed June 24, 2018. http://www.choosephilippines.com/specials/festivals/1472/10-mindanao-festivals-remaining-in-june.
Golangco, Vince. "San Juan Day Festival Makes Me WET." When In Manila. February 14, 2011. Accessed June 24, 2018. https://www.wheninmanila.com/san-juan-day-festival-makes-me-wet/.
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