aliwan 2009 fiesta de toros (8/25)

FIESTA DE TOROS (Nasugbu, Batangas)
This is a thanksgiving feast in honor of St Francis Xavier.  A legacy from Navarra, Spain which was the saint’s birthplace, it features the bringing of bulls onto a central plaza to chase people away.  Since Batangas beef is highly regarded,  the people of Nasugbu lent the festival their distinct Batangueno touch by using cattle instead.  By showcasing a fusion of traditions, townsfolk also highlight their annual sugarcane harvest, together with the scenic beauty of their beaches – all under the loving guidance of their patron saint.   Festival muse – Jennah Lynne Tolentino

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