[Batac] ► Ilocos Norte: A Parade of Colorfully Painted Carabaos

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"They were beautifully and colorfully painted and everyone has its shining moment"

They deserve a break I think. We (non-farmers) usually think of them as slaves in the field. But for the farmers, these carabaos are their heart and soul, a best friend that could be considered or even a family member to note. I have once witnessed a carabao painting and parade in Vigan via the annually celebrated Karbo Festival and it was absolutely a no-time-wasted event seeing those carabaos. I never thought that there is an art festival like this for another city up north the Philippines and I accidentally discovered it in Batac City in the province of Ilocos Norte.

Farmers festival batac

This event is still a part of festivity called the Farmer's Festival where the farmers of the city of Batac become the superstars of the day.

One of the busiest streets of Batac called Washington Street was closed to give way for the very special crowd-aggregator -- the carabaos. They are the main reason why the people of the city and of nearby towns gathered in big number.

They were beautifully and colorfully painted and everyone has its shining moment. All eyes to them, with cheers from the crowd, sight focused to them as they take the emptied street especially prepared for them.

Some animal rights activists and private individuals regard this form of art as violative to the animal rights and to balance things, I am now telling beforehand that this post was not made to promote this kind of art. I am just sharing it the way it was celebrated in Batac and majority of the people enjoyed it.

The Philippines is indeed a country where almost everything is "more fun." In Batac City, they have celebrated this event with full of fun!

So what is your stand about art festivals like this? Does it jeopardize animal rights?

Tags: Carabao Painting | Carabao Parade | Festivals in Batac | Festivals in Ilocos Norte | Festivals in the Philippines | Painted Carabaos

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comment 10 #TownFolks Commented :

Bound for Two on August 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM said...

As long the carabaos were not harmed during the painting and on actual event, I think it's fine. Besides araw din naman nila ito kasama ng kanilang bossing.

EDMARATION #TownExplorer on August 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM said...

@bound for two, oo nga eh, personlly this is fine. Their work at the field is even worse nga eh.

juanderfulpinoy on August 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM said...

Taray parang may version ang mga carabaos ng sinulog or masskara festival hahaha . Gusto ko mapuntahan to balang araw promise...

EDMARATION #TownExplorer on August 18, 2012 at 4:55 PM said...

@juanderfulpinoy, punta na soon! You'll emjoy for sure :)

Traveling Morion/Jeffrey rilles on August 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM said...

Hahaha ayos bro! Pinatados na Kalabaw jejeje bro I am planning to visit Ilocos soon! will pm you baka available ka:)

EDMARATION #TownExplorer on August 20, 2012 at 1:43 PM said...

@Jeff, yip yeah! See ya soon!

WANDER SHUGAH on August 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM said...

wow your site changed a lot. kudos uya edmar and good luck to you mr. town explorer <3


EDMARATION #TownExplorer on August 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM said...

@Pauline, Thanks!!!

^_^ wReY and R0bbY on August 24, 2012 at 9:13 AM said...

We agree! Those hard-working carabaos deserve holidays! ^◡^

By the way, please hop over our blog again. We just posted something about POCKET BIKES! ^◡^


EDMARATION #TownExplorer on August 25, 2012 at 2:37 AM said...

@Wrey, yes, I'll see that post :)
That would be interesting :)

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