My favorite table, though, was the one where seeds were sold. Unlike seeds bought overseas, these were field tested by local farmers and have adapted (more or less) to our soil and climate. If I were making an analogy, I would call these peppers "Naturalized Filipinos." Mr. Diaz went for the rarer and hotter varieties, including Bhut Jolokia (known as ghost pepper, once the hottest pepper in the world) and Trinidad Scorpion, the new hottest pepper in the world.
We left the festival early because we had other obligations that day. We wished we could have stayed longer, though, to witness the activities they had lined up which included contests and barbecues. I left happily, anyway. With a bag full of seeds, I couldn't help imagining that we would be part of the festival in a year or two.