March 19 is the Feast of St. Joseph the Patriarch, the patron saint of the Municipality of San Jose in Batangas Province.

As always, majority of the houses in the San Jose town proper is so busy cooking starting at the eve of the Fiesta until the early morning.

The aroma of freshly cooked food that includes “lechon”, “kaldereta”, “adobo”, “afritada”, “kare-kare” and different seafood dishes is everywhere and you can just hear everyone say ‘hmmmm.’

There is also the traditional ‘Perya’ or a place where all the carnival rides, and games were holed up. People from all places troop to the ‘Perya’ to place bets in color game, ‘beto-beto’, and take a ride in the ferris wheel, caterpillar and the like.

At the end of the day, devotees of St. Joseph will join the procession which usually starts around 5 p.m.. The procession will start from the St. Joseph Church and will go around the town proper and back to the church.

Time to eat. Happy Fiesta to all the residents of San Jose, Batangas.

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