The Conyo Kid’s Guide to a Filipino Fiesta

Words: Addi dela Cruz/Illustrator: Kitkat Pecson/October 9, 2013


You’ve never participated in an authentic Pinoy fiesta, not really. Once or twice, you may have flown all the way to Cebu for the Sinulog parades, skin perfectly tan and smeared with paint, but at the end of the day you end up eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger for dinner in your hotel room. It’s okay, it’s not really your fault you’re too conyo for parties in the countryside (okay, maybe it’s your fault a little bit).

Regardless of your true reasons, we’re here to help. Here’s what you need to know and what to expect at a real Filipino fiesta.


Addi dela Cruz


Addi writes nonfiction that reads like fiction and fiction that isn't meant for children. He lives for breakfasts, getting new stamps on his passport, and perfecting his yoga tree pose. In between episodes of MasterChef and Hannibal, he dreams of owning a café that would serve the best hot chocolate in the South and have 12 tables at most. See More.

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    Go to fiesta ng tondo and try this. Good luck conyo kids!

  • Awesome illustration! Love it!

  • Lars Roxas

    Great work Addi and Kitkat! 😀

  • Karen

    Love the graphics! I confess that in all my 36 years I’ve never been to a fiesta before. :-/

    • Addi dela Cruz

      There are local fiestas all year round! Now you’re prepared! 🙂

  • klaris

    Also, don’t get diarrhea. Avoid foods that easily spoil like pancit and laing esp. when you’re going late afternoon or in the evening. 😀

    • Addi dela Cruz

      Hmm, I’ve never encountered spoiled food in the afternoon, but pancit and laing are huge bestsellers at fiestas, too.

  • gelo

    The plate/bowl beside buko pandan is supposed to be “ginataan with bilo bilo” right? It’s also labeled as buko pandan.

    • Addi dela Cruz

      Hi Gelo! Thanks for pointing that out. The part’s been updated. 🙂

      • gelo

        You’re welcome! Kudos to you and kitkat for coming up with this nice article. I’ll send the link to my conyo friends. 🙂

  • ronald

    i love the phone!! ahaha

  • ronald

    please add Biko 😀

  • Judith

    I can’t stop snickering whenever I see the subtle-but-not-really Instagram references, especially hashtag: blessed! Hahaha. Anyway, great article and graphics! 🙂

  • Char

    Nice graphics. I’d buy a poster if there was one hehe.. #blessed.

  • Nico Goco

    great job you guys! ang ganda! 🙂

  • Sergia Susana

    Fabulous as always. 🙂 Great job, guys! 🙂

  • Mikka Wee

    I love it!!! 😀 superb job, Addi and Kitkat! <3

  • NYSee

    Ooh…I heart the infograph in this one!

  • etteirrah

    Oh man, how I miss fiestas. I wish I could go to one right now. Alas, I’m overseas. But I’ve heard that the Filipino community here in Vancouver likes to get together during our Independence Day. I’m excited for that next year.

  • #mema

    as much as i hate #blessed, i #lovette #thearticle

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