May 16, 2017
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A commercial float carried by a painted carabao
Last Sunday (May 14, 2017), I went to Pulilan Kneeling Carabao Festival so I could see my favorite creature. The parade was scheduled to start at 2:00 in the afternoon. I was already there by the road near the simbahan at around 1:30 PM. It was hot and umbrellas were out. By 2:00 PM I could hear the emcees blabbering and commenting in the same manner as the hosts of noontime TV shows. It exacerbated the heat. Then and there the parade started with humans and several band groups. It went on and on for 1.5 hours while the crowd waited patiently under the sun for the handsome beasts.
The pride of the farmers
At last, it was the carabaos’ turn and the crowd became alive. First set of carabaos paraded bearing their corresponding float representing the barangays of Pulilan. Some carabaos paused now and then to kneel. Yes, kneel, at the prodding of their masters and to the delight of most spectators. Next set of carabao-float combination were from the commercial establishments. Because you’re not there, just imagine Jollibee riding a carabao. Finally, the last set was the most exciting and dangerous segment of the parade. Hundreds of carabaos paraded in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of the farmers.
Ms. Emcee announced earlier that 800 carabaos will participate. I was relieved that only one went a bit wild but it was enough to make the frightened crowd dispersed at that moment.
Hundreds of handsome beasts scrubbed clean and polished for this occasion
See how majestic they are
Parked carabao after the parade. He grinned at me (I think)
Mural at Petron Service Station in Pulilan
Sari-sari store with kneeling carabao wall painting
March 11, 2016
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One can’t help but notice this fish-like creature illustration with human legs at the subway stations of Nagoya, usually reminding you not to smoke. When I visited the iconic Nagoya Castle and saw its peculiar rooftop adornment, I then realize where the idea of the subway mascot came from.
One of the many replicas of Shachihoko on display inside the Nagoya Castle
Shachihoko on the castle’s roof (times two)
A Shachihoko replica to sit on for a snapshot, for posterity’s sake
December 2, 2015
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Horse carrying its keeper and its food, or maybe food for the working horses
Taal volcano is a regular tourist destination for visitors in Manila. But this post is not about it. Rather this is dedicated to those poor horses employed by the tourists. The horse’s job is to carry visitors who prefer not to walk to the top of Taal volcano and back. That’s their routine the whole day every day. Folks living in the volcano make money from these creatures by asking 500 pesos for the ride.
Another horse carrying horse food
I think you don’t need to be extraordinarily fit to tread the same path as that of the horses. The trail is unchallenging. It took me just an hour of roundtrip walk with summit view appreciation. I heard a local says it’s about 4 kilometers to the top but I think he meant the roundtrip distance. It’s so easy. Too short for running though. So unless you consider horse riding an experience, walking is better especially on a just rained ground.
Child tourist on a horse
A grazing horse seen along the trail
Loading dock for tourists riding a horse
Obviously not a horse but this creature is welcome in this post too. See you can take a pause and appreciate a goat if you walk instead
Another creature sighted at Taal Lake, the beginning and end of the Taal volcano walking tour