Pahiyas A Festival of Fruits and Bounty

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travelbug77 Junior Member • Posts: 46
Pahiyas A Festival of Fruits and Bounty
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I wrote an article on one of the the more popular fiestas (town festival/celebration) of my country, the Philippines, in Olympus Passion. Here are some excerpts and images:

"During the Spanish Colonization (the Philippines was a colony of Spain from the 15th to the late 19th century), a church was built in the town of Lucban during the 1600's. And to further intensify the Filipinos' devotion to Christianity, the priest requested the farmers to bring in select farm produce as a form of thanksgiving and sacrifice to the Lord Jesus. The following year, the farmers were greeted with an impressively bountiful harvest, intensifying their belief that their prayers and sacrifice were heard and heeded thru the intercession of Saint Isidore, the patron of farmers. Years pass and the annual celebration continued but the growing town and greater bounty made the church too small a venue for the annual celebration. It was decided that the produce would be displayed in front of the houses, as the statues of the saint and Christ parade around town, and the priest blessing both the people and the harvest. As time passed, the townsfolk would make more intricate and elaborate décor out of their harvest as a kindly competition to outdo their neighbors ensued. This transformed the celebration into what many consider the fiestas (local celebration) to end all fiestas."

You may read more about it here:
https://www.olympuspassion.com/2019/04/24/pahiyas-a-festival-of-fruit-and-fanfare-with-the-e-m5ii-and-the-laowa-7-5mm-f-2-0/

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