SANTO TOMAS, Pampanga - The Sabuaga Festival in the town of Santo Tomas in Pampanga is an annual gathering of townsfolk where petals and confetti literally rain on the parade.
The term "sabuaga" is a combination of Kapampangan words "sabuag" which means to scatter, and "sampaga" which means flowers. The festival is done in celebration of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
The festival also highlights the products of each barangay in Santo Tomas.
These products also set the theme for the annual street dance parade.
Barangay Moras dela Paz showcased its garments industry, while Barangay San Matias showcased its automotive industry.
Barangay Poblacion showcased its fishing industry, San Bartolome its poultry industry, Santo Rosario Pau its rice farming industry, and Santo Niño Sapa its clay pottery.
Barangay San Vicente, known for its world-class casket-making industry, likewise showcased its popular products.
The Sabuaga festival was first launched in 2009. It is a celebration not only of the residents' religiosity but also love for their town and tradition.