The Drum and Lyre Competition participated by the schools in the elementary and high school levels was the most colorful and most watched event in the recently concluded Bulusan Fiesta (July 24-25, 2013) celebrations. I purposely did not cover the main action of the competition but instead focused my attention in the periphery of the event venue where the participants were more relax and in the mood of being photographed. The audience too was an interesting bunch mostly coming from the different villages of the municipality who flocked to the Poblacion to witness the various events of the fiesta.
Extra side attractions to the event were the motley assortment of vendors in the vicinity with merchandise that includes colorful balloons, faux jewelry to neon colored ‘sisiw’ (chicks). The latter can be had via a ‘kitkitan’ – a sort of lottery sticker indicating a win or lose anyone can bet for one peso each.
Photographs by Alma P. Gamil
Bulusan, Sorsogon, Philippines