BACOLOD, Negros Occidental - At least 41 hog raiser associations from different parts of the province treated Negrenses and tourists to free lechon as part of a local festival here Saturday.
Roasted pigs dressed in different costumes were first paraded around the Panaad Park in celebration of the opening day of the "Lechonaad," one of the highlights of the 24th Panaad Sa Negros Festival here.
"Lechonaad" was derived from the words "lechon" and "panaad," which means promise.
A lechon-eating contest was held before lunch time, where spectators were given free roast pork to feast on.
Lasting Vergara, president of the Toboso Hog Raisers Association, said sharing their products for free has become a part of their annual thanksgiving.
The event is part of the provincial government's efforts to convince more farmers to engage in organic agriculture, livestock, and poultry, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon said.