Lechon festival held in Davao

Posted at 09/09/09 5:34 PM

MANILA - Davao residents held a festival on Tuesday celebrating the country's favorite fiesta food "lechon" or roast pork.

Citizens of Digos City in Davao simultaneously roasted over 300 pigs in open fire pits for the annual "Lechonan sa Kadalanan" held along the stretch of Magsaysay Street.

Each "lechonero" professes to have their own recipes for the perfect roast pork.

One lechonero, Rolando Quiao, said he used 11 ingredients to make his "lechon" more delicious.

"The ingredients are a secret, so people should just come here so they can taste our delicious lechon," he said in his native dialect.

Residents and guests meanwhile could not wait to sample the lechon's juicy meat and crunchy golden brown skin after it was chopped up and distributed en masse to the waiting crowds.

Groups crowded around tables of chopped-up lechon and feasted until only the pig's bones were left. Some even brought along portions of rice to complete the meal.

Cathy Pepito, a guest at the fiesta, came all the way from Bukidnon (about 91 miles away) to join the festivities. She said she was excited to taste the "lechon", and was not disappointed.

The fiesta is held every year as a means to promote the region's famed delicacy and to boost local tourism and small businesses.

Romuals Crispino, the event's chairperson, said the area boasts of having the "best lechon in Mindanao."

"This is one of the biggest industr[ies] in the region and we have the most number of supply here," he said.

Similar "lechon" festivals are held in Negros Occidental, Batangas, Pampanga, Cagayan de Oro, among othes. Report by Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao.