Naimus ak san Kabaysay san Northern Samar

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Travel
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Naimus ak san Kabaysay san Northern Samar
(Craze About Northern Samar):
The Fiesta
ITLog No.09
15-22 August 2011

I was always hearing about the place of Samar, its heritage, its islands and rock formation and its people. I was even told by an office-mate to visit Samar and see how me as a photographer would get wonderful shots and meet some friendly people, he even showed me photos of the nice places to visit, and we would get a chance to visit Samar when a friend invited us for a visit their place and witness their Fiesta plus visit the islands around Northern Samar. We would be staying at a relative’s house for a week, arriving at the eve of the Fiesta and try to eat whatever we could stuff in our tummy.

We were booked via Zest Air leaving Manila on the 15th at 0945hrs at the Manila Domestic Airport (which was cleaner and better looking than the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, and they call it an international airport). Waking up early to get a head-start because of the Manila traffic and by 0700 hrs was headed for the domestic airport, then meeting up with our travel companions, we waited for the counter to open so we could check in our bags. Waiting at the lounge after checking in our bags then by 0930hrs we boarded our turbo-prop plane headed for Catarman. With the propeller noise drumming the cabin, and thinking what if the propeller comes of and hits me, we arrived at Catarman airport at around 1130hrs where we were picked up by a relative and the headed to a relative’s canteen or carinderia where we ate kalderetang libro ng kalabaw, fried chicken, and tinola na isda for lunch and rest for a while. Then we headed for the municipality of San Roque, where we would stay and where the Fiesta would be.

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Arriving in San Roque, we brought our bags to our room, and then we were showed how the pigs are prepared to be lechon at the back of the house. Then we transferred to a relative’s house and was shown around, here we saw a bunch of local delicacy called minorong (which is grounded rice mixed with chocolate and wrapped in banana leaves).

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Then we headed for the beach passing a narrow concrete bridge, heading back, we passed by the market where we tried to taste the street food. Back at the house, we watched while the parade passed in front of the house and took some photos, then after the parade we headed back to the beach to take photos of the sunset but it was cloudy so we headed back to the house and ate dinner, we had kan-dingga (laman loob ng kalabaw), estofadong pata, calamares and lechon, for dessert we had our first taste of sinarongsong (which is grounded rice with nyog). After which we rested a bit and then retreated to our beds to rest, for tomorrow will be the day of the Fiesta.

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Rising up early and preparing for the day, we bought bread to eat by 0700hrs then by 0930hrs we were ushered up to the balcony at the back of the house and said that we would eat breakfast (eat again?), there we kan-dingga, estofadong pata, chicken curry, puso ng manok in toothpick and others. Then after eating we went around to visit other relatives and all we see was lechon. Then we had a nap, by 1300hrs we were told to eat lunch at a relative’s house where they say the lechon tasted better, after which we headed back to the house and started drinking red wine. After finishing 1 and ½ bottles of 3ltr red wine, we headed to a farm there we drank and ate buko. By nightfall, we headed back to the house to rest for tomorrow we would start our island tours.

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This Fiesta is where I had seen too much lechon for two days… it was like ordering a bottomless lechon in a restaurant.

All photos are owned and copyrighted by Joey Rico (also known under these names: alien_scream).
All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use, copy, editing, reproduction, publication, duplication and distribution of the digital photos, without his explicit permission, is punishable by law

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Comments
  1. Moe says:

    Fantastic blog indeed!

    Love the Chocolate Muron (Minoron) and not to mention those Lechon that almost every houses have during fiesta, right hehehe

    Sobrang bloated ako nung ngbakasyon kmi jan (my parents are natives of Brgy bukid las Navas N.Samar)

    Glad you find this province wonderful!
    Proud to be a Waraynon here….

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