July 02, 2015
Get ready to get wet and have a great time, and don't forget to download Our Awesome Guide for information, food, and pasalubong tips at the Lechon Festival :)
The Lechon Festival in Balayan, Batangas is held every 24th of June in honor of St. John the Baptist. It's one of the liveliest fiestas we've been to, lechons are paraded dressed in fun characters, along with the whole town participating in a water splashing tradition.
Lechon (whole roasted pig) is central to Filipino Fiesta celebrations, the golden brown pig is stuffed with lemongrass, garlic, onions and other locals herbs and spices.
#TeamOAP (Team Our Awesome Planet) visited this year and put together these helpful tips for you to use next time you visit the Lechon Festival.
1. Travel Tips
Free parking is available behind the Balayan Catholic Church. Cars aren't allowed in town when the parade starts, be sure to arrive an hour or two for parking. Unless you park outside of town and decide to take a pedicab to the city proper.
2. What to do at the Lechon Festival
this well decorated float.
2. Where to eat in town?
Tip: Pre-order lechon before hand and pick it up on the fiesta day.
The only restos open are the fast food chains Mcdonalds, Jollibee, Chowking and Andoks on Plaza Rizal. The restaurants are packed, we advise you bring packed lunches on the way to the fiesta.
If you happen to stay before or after the festival, here are suggested places locals love.
Agot's Bar & Restaurant
168 Palikpikan St. corner Paz St. Balayan, Batangas
Landline: (043) 211-4306
Mobile: 0917-505-8692, 0917-862-2096
Lechon Price: Menu
Palikpikan St., Balayan
1 kilo is about P500.
Lechon Price: Menu
Mila's Special Lechon
Brgy. 4 Plaza Mabini St. Balayan Batangas
Mobile: 0916-1655128, 09232808581
Luckily all the pasalubong shops are located in just one area. Get bagoong balayan and kalamay-hati the town's pride.
Kalamay-hati is native delicacy and is basically made from a concoction of sticky rice flour, muscovado sugar and coconut milk.
Bagoong Balayan is made from fermented anchovies stored in a pot for a year. It is used as an alternative seasoning for cooking, instead of fish sauce and soy sauce.
- Extra Clothes
- Hand Towel
- Drinking Water
- Packed Lunch
- Waterproof Sunglasses
- Waterproof Pouches or Ziploc
- Friends and Family
The Lechon Festival by far is one of the liveliest fiestas we've been to, thanks to the participating locals who made the fiestas fun. The floats weren't festive enough because of the water, however, it was the energy of the crowd that we loved! We feel it's an underrated fiesta that deserves the same publicity and fame like other fiestas in NCR, with it being at par with some famous fiestas in Luzon. Cheer to Balayan for an awesome fiesta, we had so much fun!
Live an Awesome Life,
Abi, Sean, and Boom
Our Awesome Planet Team
Disclosure: We went around the Lechon Festival at our own expense. We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.