‘TUBIG FESTIVAL’. Thousands of people join the 'Tubig Festival' along the main streets of Dinalupihan, Bataan in observance of the feast of St. John the Baptist on Monday (June 24, 2019). Street dancers in colorful costumes added excitement to the annual celebration. (Photo by Ernie Esconde)
DINALUPIHAN, Bataan -- This town on Monday held a colorful annual celebration of its "Tubig Festival", with hundreds of people marching along the streets while drenched in water.
At the center of the festivity was the image of St. John de Baptist, the town's patron saint. A Holy Mass was held before the parade.
This lone land-locked town in the province has been celebrating for years what it calls as "tubig" or water festival, with fire truck hoses soaking well-wishers along the streets with water.
Reelected Mayor Maria Angela Garcia and Vice Mayor Rey Matawaran joined the long parade with participants shouting for more water as fire trucks passed by.
“Tubig Festival is a celebration that gives honor to the town’s Patron Saint, St. John the Baptist and the abundant harvest of the town,” Garcia said.
Four fire trucks stood by on three points in the town proper and pumped water on the marchers, some waving small branches of trees and banana leaves.
Street dancers in colorful costumes participated in the parade. (PNA)