Category Archives: Creature

Wasp Nest Cavities

Birds have dug holes in the wasp nest for their accommodation. Must be safe in there as no predator will dare to disturb a wasp nest.

Rooster Carrier

He looks humiliated

Pulilan Carabao Festival

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

Natural Incubation

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Shachihoko

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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.

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One of the many replicas of Shachihoko on display inside the Nagoya Castle

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Shachihoko on the castle’s roof (times two)

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A Shachihoko replica to sit on for a snapshot, for posterity’s sake

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