Let me introduce you to the sweetest municipality in all of Antique. Laua-an is a fourth class municipality in the province of Antique with a population of approximately 25,000 and the land of 40 barangays. A barangay is the equivalent of a small neighborhood. My barangay is Poblacion or Banwa, meaning the town proper.
|Municipal Hall in Poblacion, Laua-an|
|Traditional Sugar Mill|
|Testing the sugar for processing|
|Boiling Muscovado sugar, freshly poured|
Every Tuesday Ms. Gloria sets up her table and sells her products. When you become a frequent customer of small business owners like this one they are more inclined to give you an extra candy.
To celebrate the progress of the muscovado sugar industry, Laua-an holds the award-winning Pahinis festival. Pahinis translates to “clean” and the festival is surrounded around a ritual cleaning the sugar mills and tools and thank God for a good harvest of sugarcane.
This year the Pahinis festival was celebrated with a week-long program that ended with a concert on the beach with a fireworks display to commemorate the centennial foundation of the municipality of Laua-an. Events from the festival included a, muscovado sack race, boxing tournament, beauty pageant, cooking contest and many other activities for everyone. Pictures from this week can be found on my facebook page but here is a video showing the opening ceremony.
**Warning** Graphic Content: The following images maybe disturbing to some viewers.
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