The Carabao Kneeling Festival of Pulilan, Bulacan is a long time tradition of the municipality. The festival is celebrated as a tribute of our Pambansang Hayop, the Kalabaw (carabao or water buffalo). The carabao is valuable to our noble farmers since they are their companion in plowing the rice fields. The festival is also celebrated in honor of the San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of our farmers.
Located at the northern part of Bulacan, it would take for about an hour and half from Meycauayan (still depends on the traffic).
Pulilan is one of the 24 towns of Bulacan province, located in about its center—from north to South—with an area of about 3,000 hectares. It is bounded on the North by Apalit in Pampanga; on the East by Baliuag; on the South by Plaridel; and on the West by Calumpit. The Angat River cutting its way through the Eastern edge of Baliuag, and the Southern fringes of Pulilan down to the tributary of Manila Bay Southwest of Calumpit, serves as the boundary with Plaridel. Its feature is flat and the soil is suited to farming. (Source: Pulo ng Ilan)
May 14, 2015. I decided to go to Pulilan to experience the festival. Though I am not really aware what time the parade will start, I went there early to be certain.
As I walk, I took notice of a lot full of carabaos, it happens to be the place where the people and the carabaos participating gathered for preparation.
So many carabaos, perhaps there is a hundred?
By looking in their eyes, I can feel that they are a gentle creature.
There is a soul in their presence.
Colorful floats that are pulled by the carabaos are featured. Every barangay in Pulilan presents a float to be paraded.
The festival also features musical bands from different municipalities in Bulacan. Guest celebrities are also featured.
The musical bands are:
-Uno Banda (Pulilan, Bulacan)
-Banda 2-Banda San Isidro (Pulilan, Bulacan)
-PNP Band Camp Olivas (San Fernando Pampanga)
-Banda 21 Sta. Rosario Riverside (Pulilan, Bulacan)
-Banda 14 (Baliuag, Bulacan)
-Sikat Lyre Band (Pulilan, Bulacan)
After the colorful floats, pulled by the carabaos, are presented in front of the church; the parade of a hundred carabaos ensues. The street is then filled with carabaos. They were blessed by the priest in order to give them strength and vitality for the coming years.
Some people work for the mere economic gain, but our farmers work for a very important purpose. Together with their carabaos, they till the land to provide food for the people.
Mabuhay at pagpalain sila'y nawa.
Be back tomorrow for another day at Pulilan, Bulacan. :)
Ang "kenyo" ay salitang hango sa Bulakenyo. Layunin ko na mas makilala ang aking lalawigan.