Posted by: Jing Lasaleta | April 19, 2009

37 Years of Celebrating CARABAO CARROZA FESTIVAL

by: Susan Presaldo-Jovero
Planning Officer II/Information/Tourism Officer Designate


          Celebrated annually every 3rd of May and consistently since 1973, this festival showcases PAVIA’S ingenuity and of their being an indigenous people.

          Included in the Calendar of Activities of the Department of Tourism, Carabao-Carroza Festival attracts many foreign and domestic tourists, guests, and visitors all over the region.

          The festival which highlight the celebration of the town fiesta is being participated by the eighteen (18) barangays of the municipality and consists of three (3) main attractions namely; the a.) Carabao-Carroza Parade b.) Carabao-Carroza Race and c.) Search for Carabao-Carroza Queen.

          A. Carabao-Carroza Parade- Eighteen (18) gaily decorated carrozas and carabaos with their muses clad in Filipiniana costumes start their way parading from Brgy. Ungka I down to Pavia National High School. Each vies for the Most Gaily Decorated Carabao-Carroza, and the carroza being the float bears a motiff depicting the barangay’s noted industry or the barangay’s agricultural products. The muses vie for the title of Carabao-Carroza Festival Queen.

          B. Carabao-Carroza Race- The race consists of the carroza (free from any attachments and decorations) being pulled by carabaos with their riders minus the muses is made on a 110 meter lane at Pavia National High School Grounds. Three (3) elimination rounds of six (6) entries are being held first. The first two (2) winners of each elimination round complete for a final race. A winner is then declared from the six (6) finalist.

          C. Search for the Carabao-Carroza Festival Queen- The search is made among the eighteen (18) muses through various competitions like; Ms. Photogenic, Best in Talent, Ms. Congeniality, Best in Summer Wear, Best in Evening Gown, Best in Production Number, and Best in Interview. This is being held in the evening of May 3 at the public plaza.

          The carabao being the lowly beast of the farm is given a break and center of attraction for the day as it offers entertainment to the folks and the visiting tourists.

          The festival not only projects the town’s but also the region’s culture which is indigenous and is bound to land and animals.




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