This has got to stop.
It’s more than past time for saner heads to examine the conduct of the Jaro Fiesta. The feast meant to honor the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Jaro, Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, has become an unbridled and disgusting display of the crass commercialization of this event.
The fiesta features among others, an international cockfight derby, the opulent Jaro Fiesta Queen pageantry and games of chance inside the Jaro Plaza. I cannot fathom any reason why the resident of the Archbishop’s Palace in Jaro has stayed silent despite this bacchanalian display right in his front yard.
This year’s theme is supposedly the celebration of culture and faith in this fast-changing world. Yet none of this can be found anywhere in the Plaza. This is supposedly the Jaro Agro-Industrial Fair. Jaro has no agricultural products to speak of nor is it an industrial center.
The Jaro Fiesta is nothing more than a money-making enterprise. I wonder if the Association of Barangay Captains of Jaro, who run the fair, and the Iloilo City Council who have allowed this to happen year in and year out realize that what they have done is create a spectacle which denigrates the very reason why this feast was created.