Philippine Carnival called Perya

We are all young at heart. We always have “the kid” in us. We will never forget our childhood memories. And one of the notable events in my life was spending it in a carnival or in the Philippines we called it “Perya”.


It is not the usual carnival in other places, the Philippines has a different carnival. There are rides, and shows and other spectacular event but mostly the highlight of Perya is the games we play. The carnival is all set during the town, barangay or barrio fiesta. They occupy a certain portion of land, usually near a park where the organizers set up their different rides and games and stalls.

There are so many different rides. What I love the most are the roller coaster and the Ferris Wheel rides.

Perya Games

But I enjoy going to Perya because of the color games. There’s a board where there are six different colors and you will bet on any color and the three dices will roll. If one color appears, it will double your money, if 2 color appears, it will triple your money and if the three dices show one color, it will quadruple your money. It’s also betting and gambling, the more you’re hooked, the more that the winning money you got would be spent, unless you stop. Or normally you’d stop when all the money was drained. But nevertheless, the Perya only comes every year if there’s a Fiesta and if the town, barangay or the barrio allows it.

There’s the game where you toss a coin and when you get a spot where there’s prize they will give it to you. Most prizes are like glass, cups, plates, figurines, candles, small stuff toys to big ones.

And there’s the famous BINGO, a game of numbers in the card. A game that most Filipinos love to play. It’s actually a game of luck, in what numbers will be out of the “tambiola” from 1-75. And you need to form a certain formation to win – diagonal, box, vertical, horizontal. And if you do, you’d say or shout BINGO! It means that you won.
So after draining the money out of your pocket, remember to save some for there are streets food that is lined up during the night. Here’s a Perya from my trip in Calauag, Quezon.
To know more about Calauag check my other post: Calauag, Quezon

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Calauag, Quezon

For my 6th Quezon – Bicol trip, I was able to see the rest of Calauag. I’d been there so many times but I haven’t really looked at the place.

We went to “C” or Calauagenian Plaza of The “C” Lighthouse. It was restructured in the port area, and at the end of the port is a letter C stands for Calauag, for crab festival, or a different C – sea because it’s overlooking the sunset from the horizon.

Festival, Restaurants and the Church of Calauag

The Crab festival or Alimango festival or Katang Festival is celebrated every July. The festival highlight is the Giant Crab or Higanteng Alimango and celebrates the abundance of mud crab in the province. They also have different seafood like halaan or clams and shrimps and different variety of fishes.

We went to Zeny, a restaurant a few kilometers away from the town center and is very famous for serving crabs and shrimps. You need to call beforehand for the cooks to prepare the order. When we arrived during dinner, we were the only customers inside. We went to the nearby Nipa hut while they prepared for our sumptuous meal, chili-garlic crab, buttered shrimp, rice and although it was a little late since they forgot the sinigang…we were able to enjoy our food.
We went to the carnival afterward. After enjoying ourselves in the local carnival, we decided to look for a bar which was called Lamukan, where we drink some beers and sing our heart out in the videoke machine. Then we planned to go to Sta Rita Island, a two hours ride from Calauag to go to the beach.
After our trip to Sta Rita we went to the church called The Parish of St. Peter the Apostle Church. It was founded in 1846 but it was already rebuilt.

We went to eat at Bahay ni Lolo Ompo before heading back to Manila for lunch. There are other restaurants in Calauag because it has been a major stopover of buses going to Bicol and Visayas.

Other places to go to Calauag

1. Pulong Pasig
2. Calapuhan Beach, Sto Angel Beach, Panaghoy Beach and Talingting Beach
3. Sumulong River
4. Milagrosa Cave
5. Quezon Canal

For more information about Quezon Province, please check my posts: Gumaca, QuezonBorawan Island Beach, Quezon Dampalitan Island, Padre Burgos, Quezon

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