year's festivities started on the12th of October till 15th October 2011.
Pampanga being a rice granary, frogs thrived in abundance in this kind of environment and this festival exhibits the traditional way of catching frogs with a bamboo rod and a line with earthworm as bait called “paduasan”. The event also showcases various culinary ways in preparing frogs but Kapampangans are more famous with the delicacy called “betute” or stuffed frog. The frog belly is stuffed with minced frog meat with herbs and spices and then deep fried. Don’t get intimated by the
sight of this delicacy, as they say frogs taste like chicken but better and I agree with that. This year the cooking event was not included in the program. The committee is giving the amphibians some time to propagate because their environment is slightly decreasing due to the urbanization of the city.
The Festival also includes frog race, frog chorale and the last day of the event was the street dance and mascot costume competition which was held at Robinsons Starmills. The participants are from different schools of the City of San Fernando. The scorching heat didn’t impede the Kapampangan spirit. Sweats are flowing like raindrops on their faces but still their smiles
and passion are prevalent. It was the first time I get to see the Street Dance Competition and I was really impressed by the costumes and the efforts exerted by each participants. Hopefully one day the Pyestang Tugak will become one of the most sought after festival in the country. We will have to wait and see.
Until the next Kapampangan frog leaps.