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It's Barangay Fiesta Time in Samar, Philippines!

Three Days of Eating, Drinking, and Dancing

We love parties in the Philippines. We get together with family and friends and throw a big party. Even if life is hard, we will find a way to get money for a great celebration.

We have our holidays, of course, and every family has parties for birthdays, weddings, and other special days, even funerals.

Some of the best parties are the Barangay Fiestas. A barangay is a barrio, or neighborhood, in any town or city. Barangay Fiestas last two or three days--so much dancing, and eating, and drinking Red Horse serbesa :-)

I am back home in Samar province now, and I just went to the Bakhaw Fiesta. I was very very pagod (tired) after three days of eating and dancing. Yes, I drank some Red Horse too. I only would sleep three or four hours each night, because my crazy ates (aunties) woke me up every morning.

I slept on the boat back home. Then I slept some more at my parents' house. Then I slept some more. If you live in the Philippines, you know what I mean. If you ever visit the Philippines, you be sure to go to a Barangay Fiesta. It is the most fun you will ever have, promise!

Here are some of the foods we had at Bakhaw. Letchon baboy. My Ate Helen bought for everyone and invited me to eat it. Also camote kahoy, then sea food, adovo na baboy, adovo manok, pancet, spaghetti, and Red Horse of course!

(If you want to see lots of food pictures, you should go to my blog.)


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Inday Vinas grew up in Samar Province, Philippines. She left high school after three years to work and help her family, including seven brothers and sisters. She is now a writer and small businessperson.