One can immediately feel the spirit of fiesta at Obando, arriving at the busy, heavily trafficked crooked and narrow streets leading towards San Pascual Baylon Church. But the journey is all worth. Seeing the hundreds of crowds gathered outside and inside the church, all sweaty and happy and full of pride after dancing the Obando Fertility Dance. Almost everyone was wearing hats made of native (the ones we usually use for our native banig). Young and kids alike are present.
Sadly because of the traffic we missed all the street dancing and the procession but we were glad we atleast made it inside the church. The next ceremony was the fiesta binyagan. Outside the church are various kiosks of tikoy in triangle shape, suman with white sugar, and ofcourse the various rosaries and novenas to Santa Clara and San Pascual Baylon. The summer heat didn't stop the many Filipinos there and even some foreigners to visit Obando, Bulacan on it's first day of Obanda Fiesta celebration.
Tip: Make sure you know the time of the Obanda Fertility Dance, arrive as early as 2hrs before to avoid the traffic, be able to park your private vehicle at a safe place nearby the church, and enjoy dancing the Fertility Dance, the dance asking for a partner in life, and the dance for productivity. Don't miss out on the deliciously sticky tikoy. There are also remembrance shirts sold outside the church, another fun way of taking pride with the experience...wear the shirt and show it off to your friends. The celebration is held for 3 days, May 17, 18 and 19. So you still have a chance to join the celebration this year, it's not yet too late.
This surely is a very wonderful experience worth remembering... & repeating next year... next year with the dance na...of course...won't miss it. Have fun! Enjoy!
Luggage and bags:
Pack light, a back pack will help you travel at ease along the narrow streets of Obando.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear light cotton clothing, wear comfortable flat shoes, rubber shoes, or tongs. Don't forget to bring hats, the native hat with wide rims is a must or bring an umbrella, it's a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Never forget to apply sunblock, and re-apply it as needed and as directed in the package/container.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera always to capture the memories...a videocam is also good.
Miscellaneous: Bring bottled water with you, the heat from the sun may cause heat stress. Drinking water can prevent this.