San Pablo Coco Festival is celebrated during the month of January to honor Saint Paul the Hermit, the patron saint of San Pablo. It is a week-long celebration held during the first and second week of January.
Look just about anywhere in the Philippines at any time of year and there”ll be a festival or fiesta. The Christian calendar is crammed with Saints’ Days in addition to the major celebrations of Easter, Assumption Day and Christmas. The indigenous mountain people have also judiciously guarded their own cycle of celebration that has been enthusiastically embraced by the rest of the Filipino population in the last couple of decades.
— Lindsay Bennett, Globetrotter Island Guide: Philippines
San Pablo Coco Festival “Nacocobilib”
Philippine festivals are also a way to show gratitude to a town’s patron for a bountiful harvest. For San Pablo City it is the coconut. This year is the town’s 18th celebration.
The best thing about the Coco Festival is San Pablo is just a couple of hours away from Manila, either by bus or by car. Plus expenses can be kept to a minimum.
The San Pablo Coco Festival was started by a parade of the statue of Saint Paul around the town proper. They offered prayers by citing the rosary prayer. And of course traditional politicians were present, and you know what I mean.
The festival became more lively when the street dance competition started. Students from elementary, high school and college joined. Every group wore their colorful costumes tailor-fitted for their dance performance. The kids were very energetic as they danced in front of the judges and lots of foreign and local spectators. Besides colorful costumes, every performance was enhanced by different materials made from coconut or at least showing the different uses of coconuts.
Kids as young as 5 years old joined the parade by wearing their favorite Filipiniana costumes. Cosplayers were also present in the event imitating their favorite anime characters.
The town of San Pablo, Laguna is a very cultural and historical city. This is why we at Beyond Outdoor Adventures have chosen this place as a mountain biking destination. It has “The Seven Lakes”, awesome mountain biking single tracks and of course, great people.
The San Pablo Coco Festival dubbed as “Nacocobilib” is truly one of the most lively and colorful festivals in the Philippines. Something that the residents of San Pablo should be proud of. No wonder it is the best tourism event for Festival Category City Level from 2010 to 2012. Good luck for this year.
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