Pulilan, Bulacan, Philippines — Carabaos kneel in Pulilan, Bulacan every May of each year in celebrating Thanksgiving for San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint for bountiful harvests.
The Thanksgiving festival is highlighted by kneeling of carabaos in front of the church and the symbolic floats. Every year, a sea of frolicking humanity comes in droves to witness these showcasing innate talents of the carabaos.
This year, the municipality kicks off Kneeling Carabao Festival participated by hundreds of local farmers from 19 barangays. A series of daily and nightly shows are up for everyone from May 5 to May 14 and made even more spectacular with the local chief executive Hon. Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo as the Hermana Mayor.
This event staged the implementation of Pulilan’s New Market Positioning strategy which aims to put the town in the list of the newest and most popular tourist destinations in Central Luzon. Nearby municipalities and provinces as far as Nueva Ecija participate in a parade of beautifully decorated karitons and colorfully adorned carabaos trained by their owners to kneel in front of the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church as a sign of respect.
Pulilan Fireworks Spectacle marked the start of the celebration on the night of May 5. Entertaining competitions and activities such as Palaro ng Lahi, Chorale, and Cheerdance Competition, Color Fun Run, Lakan at Lakambini Coronation, Kneeling Carabao Grand Parade, and Gabi ng Kabataan filled up the calendar from May 6 to May 12. Novenario Mass, on the other hand, commenced every 6PM.
The celebration wrapped up with a Street Dance Competition and Feedmix Variety Show on the night of May 14.
Pulileños are known for being gaudy when it comes to important occasions. That may be one of the reasons why this festival is much anticipated by people from various places and has gained recognition from the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) in recent years.