(Disclaimer : I shoot festivals and similar events mostly to capture what I think would look best in photographs. I do not - and can not - capture everything, everyone, or every face. I do this kind of thing for my photographic passion while also showcasing to people the best side of an event. So if you're looking to see your photo, I'm sorry to disappoint. There are some people, though, whose faces and smiles stand out.)
The Barong at Saya Festival of my beloved town Pandi (Bulacan) is now on its second year. It's a week-long celebration of the municipality's founding anniversary. They kicked if off with a parade that was attended by the towns' 22 baranggays and different sectors and groups. The heat was intense as evidenced by the heavy shadows and colorful umbrellas you'd see in the photos, but I have to give it to the folks who were part of the parade. They were willing to make the long walk just to make the event a grand one. Sunblock sure helped.
Barong at Saya is not in the same level yet of other festivals in Bulacan. It's just not there YET. Wait for it to get better and better until it could be at par with the more-known events of the province. I'm confident it will eventually happen. (I'd be giving some unsolicited suggestions to the organizers.)
Not sure if I can attend or shoot the other events lined up in the coming days, that's why I made it a point to shoot the parade. Anyway, the town is abuzz, I know the rest of the way is going to be fun.
(Click here to view photos from last year's Barong at Saya Festival)