The "Fiesta" is an enduring tradition passed on by the Spaniards during their more than 300 years of colonial rule in the Philippines. Despite the end of the Spanish regime in the late 19th century, the fiesta has remained imbibed in the core of Filipino tradition.
Originally observed in order to honor a saint or to commemorate a religious event, the Fiesta has since evolved into a joyous occasion celebrated by the common folk in their respective towns or "barrios" marking the period when the community entered the folds of the Roman Catholic faith. It is an opportunity for the townspeople and their visitors to get together, share and bask in the festive atmosphere of the celebration.
A feast of delightful food is served by the hosts as part of their Filipino hospitality in welcoming the guests. But despite elaborate preparations, such an occasion would not be complete without the Lechon or roasted pig. The lechon is considered to be the centerpiece of the banquet table of any Filipino fiesta celebration. A true Philippine fiesta boasts of the Lechon as it symbolizes the very heart of the Filipino culture. After being part of the rich heritage of the Filipinos for more than three centuries now, the Lechon has become an essential main course for all occasions, be it fiestas, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays or any other celebrations.