Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Pahiyas Festival of Lucban Quezon




Last year, I've crossed out another item in my travel bucket list. I joined Huglet Travel and Tours Pahiyas Festival tour package for Php 899.00 with some of my officemates slash travel buddies. The activity is a one day tour exploration on the streets of Lucban, Quezon plus side trips to Nagcarlan, Liliw and San Pablo in Laguna.




This is a reality of a dream, an item in my bucket list since my childhood years when I chance upon a TV documentary about the festival. After convincing my office friends many times, they finally agreed to join and travel with me to Quezon province.
 



The tour package includes transportation from Quezon City to Lucban and vice versa only, other expenses will be shouldered by the participants. We left QC at 3AM and travelled to Lucban for almost 4 hours, we arrived at the venue before 7 in the morning. We are allowed to roam around the town until 1PM only. The rest of the afternoon was spent in the Underground Cemetery of Nagcarlan, St. John the Baptist Church of Liliw and San Pablo Cathedral. We left Laguna at around 8PM and arrived at QC at 12MN.




Pahiyas is a thanksgiving festival for the bountiful harvest and to honor the patron saint of the farmers - San Isidro Labrador. This is one of the most colorful festival in the Philippines which is being celebrated every 15th of May. It showcases houses decorated with colorful kiping (leaf-shaped wafers made from rice) with palay, fruits, vegetable and plants. Every year, the Pahiyas route changes to give way for other household to participate in decorating their houses.




HOW TO GO TO LUCBAN QUEZON:

Public Transportation
From Cubao or Buendia, take a bus going to Lucena City and from the Lucena Grand Terminal, ride a jeepney to Lucban town.

Private Transportation
Via SLEX, you may exit via Calamba and pass through the different towns of Laguna until you reach Lucban. You may also exit via Sto. Tomas and pass through the towns of Laguna and Quezon province until you reach Lucban.

Take note that vehicles are not allowed to enter the town proper, you may park your vehicles outside the town and ride a tricycle going to the Pahiyas route.




WHAT TO DO DURING PAHIYAS FESTIVAL:

1. Hear the early morning mass at the San Luis Obispo Parish Church at 6AM.



 
2. Join the morning procession and roam around the streets of Lucban and take pictures of the decorated houses. You can ask permission from the owners to take a picture from inside their houses.




3. Enjoy the local food scene, try the following food being sold along the Pahiyas streets.

 
Pilipit - a street food made from squash for Php 7.00



Pancit Hab-Hab - usually served on banana leaf, eat it with vinegar using your mouth without using any utensils for Php 10.00


Grilled Lucban Longganisa - garlic flavor local sausage for Php 15.00


Kiping - best if eaten with sugar, priced at Php 10.00


For breakfast and lunch, you may try Buddy's Pancit Lucban or Abcede's restaurant. Reminder not to go during peak hours to avoid the volume of tourists, in our case we had our lunch before 11AM.

Pasalubong can be bought at Pavino's Bakery, try their cookies and breads like broas, apas and camachile.


TRAVEL TIPS AND REMINDERS:

1. Leave as early as possible to avoid heavy traffic going to Lucban because other Quezon province towns are also celebrating fiesta on May 15.
2. Bring your own eco-bags for your pasalubong since the town is strictly implementing a no plastic policy.
3. Always drink water to avoid dehydration.
4. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you will be walking under the heat of the sun. You must also bring your sunglasses, cap/hat and umbrella.
5. Wear sunscreen or sunblock lotion to protect your skin.
6. Bringing of bulky bags are not recommended, as much as possible, use sling or body bag than backpack. Always keep an eye on your important belongings.
7. Do not forget to bring a camera.




For other information about Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, you may visit their website at www.pahiyasfestival.com.

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