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Paraw Regatta is one of the festivals celebrated in Iloilo. The Iloilo Paraw Regatta is the oldest traditional craft event in Asia and the largest sailing event in the Philippines. The activities for the said event are celebrated over a week. Paraw Races are held on Saturday and Sunday. They’re now on their 40th celebration as of this year, 2012.
Paraw is a native sailboat with colorful painted sails & the double outrigger floats of bamboo which stabilize the boat and prevents it from tipping over. Paraw is a strikingly fast boat which still is a source of livelihood in Iloilo.
The objective of the festival is to celebrate skills of the paraw sailors and to lift their spirits high despite of the global changes (water pollution, high fuel costs, etc.) happening today that we can still appreciate the traditional paraw.
Samba de Regatta is a celebration of Ilonggo seafaring creativity expressed in music and dance. On our 2nd night stay in Iloilo, Thursday, we’re able to witness a parade of samba along the Gen. Luna St. The participants were in their colorful costumes and dances with the music as they parade. Vehicles like trucks were also decorated like a "paraw" sailing in the street.
Written Feb 29, 2012
I read somewhere that Iloilo is synonymous with "batchoy". Wherever you go in Iloilo, you will find that "batchoy" is a popular food available all throughout the day. It can be eaten for breakfast, snack or meal substitute for lunch or dinner.
What is Iloilo "batchoy"? Batchoy is basically chicken stock with fresh "miki" (tasty yellow noodles) topped with slices of pork and innards, crispy fried crushed garlic, thinly sliced spring onions, some sliced vegetables ("kinchay" or "pechay") and crushed "chicharon" (pork cracklings). The original batchoy was traced in La Paz, Iloilo, believed to be concocted by the Chinese. Ilonggos modified the recipe according to their native taste and today, there are many variations of batchoy. Meat broth, sotanghon (clear rice noodles)and even misua (egg noodles) are now being used instead of the original Miki noodles. For the toppings, batchoy can now be served with chicken or beef instead of the usual pork.
When you try "batchoy" in Iloilo, be ready for a different taste. It may be different from your own province's "batchoy" taste and recipe that you are used to. It might offend the Ilonggos if you say something negative publicly about their "batchoy". It would be prudent on your part to just keep quiet and discuss your comparative taste preferences later in your hotel room where there are no locals around to overhear your comment.
Written Mar 22, 2011
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