Category Archives: Bulacan

Norzagaray Welcome Arch


Illustrated Sign: Sharpening Service

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

Bibingka Oven

A perfect bibingka is superior to any perfect pancakes out there. Whatever fruit, sauce or filling one can add to a pancake, the same can be done to a bibingka but resulting into a far more superior hot cake in taste minus the horrendous price.


Live charcoals in that square tin pan covering the clay pan where you put the bibingka batter in banana leaf and this is placed on top of clay stove also fueled with live charcoals. Presenting the rice cake oven


The avocado leaf-pandan leaf tea inside that kettle on the left side is given for free as an accompaniment to the rice cake


Bibingka still in a pan. I'm happy that this unpretentious stall exist

Roadside Tinapa


Assortment of smoked fish (tinapa) such as tamban, bangus etc. The weaved bamboo is where they put the fish during smoking process


Exposed tinapa by the street. Seems smoking continues by means of vehicle exhaust

Talaba Vendor


The vendor and his oysters (talaba)

Cockfighting Exercise Tool

If there’s no live partner to train, then the cock will do some fighting drills with this human-handled cock dummy.

Cleaning Substances

In Bulacan towns you’ll notice several shops selling unbranded soap, detergent, fabric conditioner, and dishwashing liquid. I assumed these were all surplus from soap plants in that province but the lady from one shop said these are products by TESDA students. I also saw repacked branded ones like Ariel detergent powder. These came from damaged packaging according to the same lady.


Those unbranded ones were repacked by shops as they buy in bulk

Typography: Market Stalls

Hand painted store signs with related painted drawings in these humble stalls in Bocaue public market. I like those painted ones than the added Knorr sponsored signage above it.


Painted vegetable drawings. Folk signs such as this are honestly beautiful.


Painted fish drawings

Street Post Beautification


Street post with painted flowers and circles to beautify itself and collectively to beautify the streets


Another beautified post

Barasoain Church

Barasoain Church

Bell Tower

The bell tower

Carvings in the church door

Carvings in the church door

Sliding windows and balustrades of this bahay-na-bato convent that is attached to the church

Sliding windows and balustrades of this bahay-na-bato convent that is attached to the church

200 Peso Bill

Barasoain church in the 200 peso bill

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