Last December 27, I went back to Tanauan, Batangas together with my family to visit our relatives there. We were lucky enough to find out that the town is also celebrating the 431st feast of their patron saint, St. John the Evangelist. With only two days after Christmas, the locals of Tanauan are again out in the streets para maki-fiesta sa kapitbahay.
A quick lesson I might say, St. John the Evangelist is regarded to be the author of the gospels of John. In fact, “evangelist” means “writing a gospel”. His feast is celebrated every December 27. By the time we went to Tanauan, the town is already observing the event for the 431st time.
Moving on, as how Filipinos would celebrate feasts, there was a marching band making tunes of old and new. Kids and the kids-at-heart seem to be very excited waiting for the musiko. It is quite nostalgic as I have been doing the same since I was a little. It was amazing to know that some traditions are not just gonna fade away.
At our relatives’ homes, we found the dining tables quite full of delicious dishes served with the finest silverware. Such act can be attributed to the hospitality of the Filipinos. Indeed we are! Everyone is welcome inside to grab something to eat. Welcoming smiles, laughs, and stories are there to accompany guests. Music was also blasting from the speakers that amplified the energy of the people inside. Of course, the videoke was also present as it was in any type of occasion. Mapapakanta ka talaga.
Aside from the food, I was also excited to see my cousins. I am very thankful for them since they made my quite boring childhood somehow great and adventurous. We only see them once to twice a year that is why I am looking forward to that day. It’s funny on how we remade an old photo of us. We saw all the changes that went by for the past 5 years. It was really memorable.
In the afternoon, I went to the town cedera which was located just in front of the town church. My cousins encouraged us to go there since they thought we might wanna take home something or buy some sort of a souvenir.
A cedera is like a small market that sells products at an affordable price. Products range from shoes and clothing to all-time favorite Filipino delicacies fresh from town. Some delicacies like bibingka, sumang magkayakap, puto’t cuchinta, and ube kalamay are all available. Those are really good take-homes when traveling to provinces. It’s like taking home a portion of a place. It’s a culture.
My favorite Filipino delicacy is called sapin-sapin. Everytime we visit our relatives, grandma always make sure I got to take home my favorite. In a way, it is a form of appreciating a culture our country has. As a roadperson, culture is an important aspect of traveling.
It was a hot afternoon that day that’s why we were only able to roam around the cedera for a short while. We went back to my grandma’s house as soon as we were done.
It was almost five in the afternoon when we left Tanauan. It was getting dark and it’s a long way to Cavite and Dad is avoiding heavy traffic. It was a good day knowing that feasts are still a thing to Filipinos. From what I’ve witnessed, it’s definitely a feast for all.
PHOTOS used in this blog post are all mine otherwise mentioned.