Cultural Heritage
My province's  Harvest Festival
*I love the landscaping showcases, the plants and greens for sale, the tips for farmers and gardeners, and other things.
*There is so much to learn about the history of the province of Laguna, its municipalities and cities, and outside school, I get a lot from ANILAG
*It is fun to watch the biggest farm produce contest! Who will believe that a vegetable can weigh more than 10 kilos? If I were the farmer who
planted it, it’s like a miracle growing before my eyes!
*There are so many talents in Laguna…the embroidery competition from the town of Lumban, for example, showed the world-class and elegant
terno and barong tagalong embroidery that’s worn by world leaders and celebrities.
*Beautiful contestants! Lagunenses can be proud of our beautiful women and handsome men! The candidates, even the Grandmothers, are all
pretty and intelligent. They can compete anywhere in the world, I think.
*I can’t believe we have all these beautiful and vintage cars around!
*The motorcycles on display are so beautiful and well-taken care of! They might not be Harleys, but, Oh Boy! They look elegant and world-class!
*The dogs that competed are fantastic, well-trained, and beautiful. And the bird show!

The night I turned over my crown to the winner from the municipality of Calauan, I had my Farewell Walk, and my recorded speech, which ran for
about two minutes, was mainly my expression of thanks to all who supported me during the competition for the “Pinakamagandang Lola ng
Laguna” (Most Beautiful Grandmother of Laguna” last year, and how that achievement inspired me to become a better person, fit to become a
model grandma for all older women in my province.
By Heidi M. Pascual

Remember last year’s ANILAG Festival, wherein I was crowned the “Most Beautiful Grandmother of
Laguna”? Well, recently this year, I turned over my crown to the 2018 Prettiest Grandmother of my
province, but before that pageant, I had the chance to visit the provincial grounds where all the province’s
towns and cities had big display booths to showcase their major products and industry.

This annual one-week festival features various competitions ranging from landscaping, street artworks,
embroidery, biggest farm produce, motorcycles and cars, to singing-idol contests, street dancing, band
performances, and beauty pageants for young and old alike. There are also dog and bird shows, as well
as carnival rides.  

ANILAG Festival has now become one of the major attractions in the Philippines, because it features
people from all walks of life, their talents and accomplishments, their interests and work which have
contributed greatly to the development and success of the province of Laguna, a few miles south of Metro
Manila. It also focuses on the environment and the work being done by locals in conserving our natural
resources, so a lot of greens, beautiful plants, vegetable farming stuff are displayed. Many information
booths also sells herbals and hands out leaflets with tips on how to grow herbs and medicinal plants.

When I asked some people at the festival grounds during my recent visit, here were their responses:
*ANILAG is my favorite festival because everything here is informative, beautiful, and fun! My family loves it,
not only because of the food booths, but also because of the great competitions of various kinds!
My Farewell walk
Infront of my town's display booth,
featuring a mini replica of the Provincial
Capitol facade. My town of Sta. Cruz is
the capital of the province of Laguna.
The town of Lumban is famous for its
world-class embroidery of Gowns,
Ternos, Barongs, and all kinds of linens
and clothing decors.
The Photos below highlight ANILAG's pride
Gay Youth Parade
Above: The town of Cavinti holds the Guinness World Record for
producing the biggest sambalilo (hat) in the world. Below: The winner of
the Landscaping Competition highlights family and love of nature.
The town of Calauan is famous for its major
produce-- the sweetest pineapples in this part
of the world.
Above: San Pablo City features coconut and
its by-products
The City of Calamba is noted for its clay products
The town of Pila highlights rice growing, fruit
farming, family, and community cooperation