Posted by February 22, 2012on
I was in San Pedro Laguna yesterday to witness the Sampaguita Festival 2012. I only heard of this festival last year when Don and Fitz covered the event. I didn’t know that it was scheduled yesterday until I got a text message from Don.
Sampaguita is a type of jasmine known for its sweet smell. It is also the national flower of the Philippines.
So off we went to San Pedro Laguna. It was my first time so I don’t have much expectations.
At around 2PM the parade started with several floats that looked like roosters. February 21 is also the feast day of St. Peter, the patron saint of San Pedro.
Drum and bugle corps from different schools also joined the parade. After them, the dancers followed the parade. The parade ends at the old municipal hall where the dancers performed their routine.
The heat was just so unbearable so Don Fitz and I decided to not just shoot the performances.
The Sampaguita Festival is held every year in San Pedro Laguna during its town fiesta to help revive the blooming sampaguita industry. It is very interesting to note that San Pedro Laguna is known as one of the largest producers of Sampaguita.
Sampaguita is a type of jasmine known for its sweet scent. It is normally harvested and made into leis and garlands. Most of the time these are sold in churches.
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