We celebrated the Fiesta of Sta. Marta yesterday in my hometown, Pateros – the town by the river. This tag stuck because of the coffee table book the Municipal Government and the San Roque Parish launched last Friday.
My Aunt attended the party and according to her, it was really a reunion of sorts for the families of “mga taal na taga-Pateros”.
When I borrowed and started browsing the book, I can’t help but get teary-eyed in some portions especially when photos from years past were shown and life from way back were showcased. I have never been more proud of my hometown and our family’s contribution to the town than when I was reading the book. It certainly gave me a different perspective of living in a small town where everybody knows (almost) everybody.
It seemed like a good start of the fiesta weekend. And it was indeed as family and friends went to celebrate with us. Just too bad that the grand procession
did not no longer pass our house. Only the barangay-sponsored procession did.
That was in the morning…then in the evening –
|Joy, Kat, me and Clauie|
|Kat, me, Clauie, Eric and Bless|
|Kat Clauie, Lian and me|
The Pateros fiesta is steeped with tradition – there were still old townsfolk that danced while Sta. Martha was carried. There was a Pandanggo Dance Contest on the eve of the fiesta and Pagoda sa Daan the day before.
It was a sight that I hope my ‘lil one will continue to experience, enjoy and hold dear to her heart. Nothing beats old towns’ charm 🙂
Any fiesta traditions you observe?