The festivals that we know most are naturally grandiose and colourful with street parades, dancing, live music and so much more. But Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat has jumped off from the usual bandwagon. Just last April 6-8, 2018 they have celebrated their 2nd Halo-Halo Festival with a full bundle of exciting activities.
They have shown their rich culture through body painting where their town’s talented young artists were only given a certain time to finish their art work. Apart from body painting, a float parade and mascots, which has a Halo-Halo theme have made the festival extraordinary and fun. There are also games for kids, and the old ones, which has become part of the remarkable festivities.
Merely, the most anticipated part of the Festival is making the Giant Halo-Halo that can feed of around 1,000 people. It has become so popular that it has gained the attention of the National TV Programs and some videos has become viral online.
There are around 32 Halo-Halo stalls, and they are situated in the same place near the Public Market of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. Perchance, it is the only Halo-Halo stalls in the Philippines that looks like all 32 stalls are being fastened together, which means they embrace unity more than any competition that it can possibly get. All 32 stalls have participated in the said event and pulling in the giant Halo-Halo has become possible through them.
So, what is Halo-Halo? It is actually a popular Filipino dessert with mixtures of sheared ice and evaporated milk crowned with a home made various ingredients and served in a bowl. But what makes the Halo-Halo in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat stands out among the other Halo-Halo in the Philippines is the various ingredients, which has a twist that will surely salivate your taste buds to ask for more. And because of more than 30 Halo-Halo stalls situated in the same place, Esperanza is fanning its name as the Halo-Halo Capital of the Philippines.
Truly, the Halo-Halo Festival of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat has become the epitome of the friendly, warm and sweetness nature of the people in Esperanza. It is instantly the most awaited festival in the Philippines and expect a better and grandeur Halo-Halo Festival in the coming years.