Famous as the "Rice Granary" of the province of Leyte, the town of Santa Fe continually supports the neede of the Filipino for rice sufficiency. In fact, the majority of the townsfolk earn their living being part in some way to the rice industry.
Like most Filipinos, Stafenhons dearly value this blessing bestowed upon by their Almighty Creator. As a symbol of their profound gratitude, they celebrate the Pamilipig Festival.
During the fiesta, the town stages a reenactment centered on the traditional making of "pilipig" after the rice is harvested. Due to modern techniques, the old way of making pilipig has become a cherished ceremony.
The Pamilipig Festival reminds the younger generation of Stafenhons about the value of tradition that hopefully is passed to future generations.
Every Filipino Festival has a unique origin and the Pamilipig Festival is an existing proof of the wealth of our country's culture and another reason for Pinoys to be proud of their heritage.
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Christine Gresola- LNU ABCom Intern