Piña Festival: A Celebration of Pineapple and Culture in Ormoc City
The Piña Festival is a cultural festival that celebrates the bountiful harvest of pineapple in Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines. It also honors the patron saints of the city, Peter and Paul, whose feast day is on June 29. The festival features various events that showcase the history, diversity, and beauty of Ormoc and its people.
Some of the highlights of the festival are:
• The Fluvial Parade, which is a procession of boats carrying the image of St. Peter and Paul along the Ormoc Bay, accompanied by music and prayers.
• The Parade of Lights, which is a parade of floats with different themes and designs, illuminated by colorful lights at night.
• The Street Dancing Competition, which is a performance of ethnic dances by participants wearing costumes made of pineapple materials.
• The Piña Festival Queen, which is a beauty pageant that showcases the most beautiful women of Ormoc.
• The Piña Trade Fair, which is an exhibition and sale of local products, handicrafts, and delicacies from Ormoc and other neighboring provinces.
The Piña Festival is one of the programs of the local government to promote the pineapple industry in Ormoc, which is known to produce one of the country’s sweetest pineapples that are exported to other countries, mainly in the Middle East. The festival aims to attract tourists and investors to Ormoc, as well as to foster a sense of pride and gratitude among the residents.