The city of Dasmariñas brought back the traditional celebration of its very own Paruparo Festival after a two-year break due to COVID-19 pandemic.
On November 26, a jam-packed schedule of events kept the city streets busy all day, commemorating the 13th anniversary of the city’s signature event.
Gigantic and colorful floats decorated with butterflies were paraded down the main streets of Dasmariñas by participating socio civic groups, showing the creativity and artistry of the Dasmarineños.
The streets became more vibrant as groups of dancers also filled and paraded from Don Placido Campos Avenue to the Dasmariñas City Arena.
Participants from different categories of street dance competition showed off their skills and talents, wearing their impressive and multicolored costumes.
The flagship festival brought more excitement as it launched its first-ever search for Ms. and Mr. Paruparo, wherein Princess Charlotte Mae Almind and Ernest Justine Fermilan, respectively, were named as the first titleholders of the said local pageant.
Since it was a comeback celebration, delegates from Mutya ng Pilipinas attended the Paruparo Festival. Sen. Francis Tolentino, Sen. Bong Revilla, and Sen. Imee Marcos, among other well-known guests, joined Dasmarineños in enjoying the festivities.
Mayor Jenny Barzaga thanked everyone who took part in the Paruparo Festival celebration this year and urged everyone to keep up the event’s enthusiasm, which represents the city’s rapid progress toward development.
On November 26, 2011, the Paruparo Festival was first held in conjunction with Dasmarinas’ cityhood ceremony. “Paruparo” or butterflies were chosen as the city’s symbol as they represent their transformation from a simple Cavite barrio into a well-known city in the country.
Thumbnail photo courtesy of Mayor Jenny Austria-Barzaga/FB