El Nido Festival

Every March┬áthe town of El Nido hosts a festival with a farmer’s market, foot races, pig catching, and carabao racing.

This year each barangay (district) created a float made entirely out of natural materials.

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Fresh produce was sold by each barangay. We picked up some green lettuce and star apples.

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There were foot races for locals and for foreigners, followed by pig catching. Last year they oiled the pigs to make them harder to catch, and I think they should have done it again this year because the pigs were caught pretty easily!

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The foreigner winner (a photographer at Fish Eye Productions) had no place for a pig, so he sold it to a local.

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Then it was time for the highlight of the event – carabao races!

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Left: My son sat on a carabao! Right: The carabao from New Ibajay that won the most races.

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There were races riding forwards, backwards, relays, standing, pulling carts…

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My kids even got pulled by a carabao when the races were over.

If you’re in El Nido in early March, this is definitely a fun event to catch at the local elementary school field. Keep in mind that most events in El Nido start late, so it’s always a good idea to arrive at least an hour later than the start time.