From THE SUN STAR (The Philippines):
A man in shorts and a red strapless bra danced like a woman on one of the boats during the fluvial parade. Other men wore floral dresses and wigs, their lips and cheeks smeared with lipstick. After the fluvial parade, the men gathered in front of the chapel and shouted as they watched a fight between a kitten and a frog. In the middle of the crowd, a shirtless man wearing heavy make-up carried a basket with a signboard that said: “Pizza for Sale.” Inside the basket were lumps of manure topped with ketchup. Two men walked around with a large wooden replica of the male sex organ attached to their waists.
A banner hung at the entrance of Barangay San Vicente in Olango Island said: “Welcome to the Baliw-Baliw Festival 2012.” An estimated 5,000 people witnessed the unique event, which was the highlight of Barangay San Vicente’s fiesta celebration yesterday. No one knows the beginning of the Baliw-Baliw festival, but Erwin Eyas, the festival’s event coordinator for 14 years, said it may have started in the late 18th century. He said the festival started as a ritual by the early natives of Barangay San Vicente. Men carry phallic symbols as a plea to San Vicente Ferrer to heal the residents’ kidney ailments.
Saint Vicente Ferrer, the patron saint of Gay Pride marches.
Who'd have thought it?