PARAU FESTIVAL 2013 (Pilar, Sorsogon)
|Parau Dancing Ground Exhibition|
|Parau Street Dancing|
The festival became the municipality’s major socio-cultural event that synchronizes the energy of all sectors in the municipality. On the previous years, the festival runs for 12 days, from October 1 -12. For this year, however, it was extended to 20 days to include the 8-day Inter High School sportsfest, which was traditionally done prior to the festival.
The term,”Parau”was derived from the name of the local sailboat, a means of water transportation since Spanish regime to the present generation. It was used as a symbol of the rich marine resources which became an anchor of socio-cultural and economic development of the municipality. Furthermore, it is connected to the once dynamic ship-building activities at the Shipyard established during the lucrative Manila-Acapulco galleon trade era in 1600.
Source: Parau Souvenir Magazine 2005 with theme “. . . Sail Afar, Flourish Pilar!”