|Welcome to Pahiyas... 2011! (Time travel? lol)|
The trip didn't take a while and we have arrived to the town of Lucban, located just 10 kilometers outside of Metro Manila. By seven in the morning we were already in Quezon and it was nice to see the streets already crowded that early. We were first headed to Kamay ni Hesus, a site that has been famous because of its miracoulous healing stories. Also, for breakfast, there were a number of options we have seen such as pancit habhab which is a type of noodle dish eaten directly from banana leaves without any utensils and sometimes added with vinegar to taste. Casava cakes and Lucban longganisa were also dime a dozen.
|yummy longganisa from Lucban|
The San Isidro Pahiyas Festival of Lucban, Quezon is an annual celebration held every May 15th in honor of San Isidro de Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, for the town's healthy and bountiful harvest throughout the year. It dates back as early as the 16th century and the festival's name is said to be derived from the Filipino term hiyas which means jewel.
What makes this festival unique and colorful is that every house in this municipality is decorated with agricultural harvest such as fruits, vegetables, rice stalks, flowers and kiping, brightly colored wafers made of rice. These households compete for the title of "the best decorated house" so each of the townspeople are encouraged to be creative with their designs since there is prize at stake.Also a big part of Pahiyas is the showcase of handicrafts and cultural treasures of the province. Straw hats, bags, fans and other items locally produced are on display. And also, just like in any Filipino fiesta, in every home you will be able to find a grand meal and it would be a great experience to be invited and join the banquet with the family.
We didn't really have an official itinerary for the festival, but we just followed the long line of tourists who are also visiting for Pahiyas. It is said that the procession path changes yearly to also give opportunity for other families to participate in this event. The locals of Lucban are already used to the crowd that they even allow tourists to go inside their houses and take a photo with the decorations!
I enjoyed my first Pahiyas festival experience, it's really one of the must-see events here in the country given that Lucban is quite near from Metro Manila and also showcases the warm hospitality and colorful culture of the Lucbanos, there's no excuse not to see it once in your life.
|the new endorser of local Lucbanon products, yebah!|