Filipinos seeking to buy lechon at La Loma, Quezon City for New Year failed to follow physical distancing measures as they crowded around lechon stalls.
There were just too many buyers. Plus, the prices of some lechon almost doubled compared to last year amid the high demand.
Lechon vendors said the price hike was due to the series of lockdowns that occurred in the country due to COVID-19.
The lechon de leche in La Loma goes for 7,000 pesos, while the medium-sized lechon costs between 8,000 and 10,000 pesos. A large lechon costs at least 12,000 pesos.
Despite the increase in prices, Joy Bernal, who celebrates her birthday on New Year, said it was still a blessing and there was a need to be thankful despite all that was happening in the world.
Meanwhile, 85-year-old Mila Cesario, the founder of the legendary Mila’s Lechon, greeted the customers in line a happy new year as a Filipino celebration is not complete without lechon.