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Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas is one the most extravagant festival here in the Philippines. It is celebrated every May 15 by the people of Lucban, Quezon to honor San Isidro Labrador who is the patron saint of farmers and to give him thanks for a bountiful harvest. This is the time when the small town transforms from ordinary villages into elaborately decorated houses.

Last Saturday, my family and I went to Lucban, Quezon for the Pahiyas Festival. This is my post-birthday celebration for the Festival is held the day after my birthday. It’s been my long time wish to see this colorful fiesta.

Pahiyas is one the most extravagant festival here in the Philippines. It is celebrated every May 15 by the people of Lucban, Quezon to honor San Isidro Labrador who is the patron saint of farmers and to give him thanks for a bountiful harvest. This is the time when the small town transforms from ordinary villages into elaborately decorated houses.

We drove 7 long hours to get here from Manila via SLEX, then Laguna, then Quezon which I do not recommend due to heavy traffic. Maybe the construction of the Skyway is the reason, or the fire we passed by Muntinlupa, I don’t know exactly. Without traffic, it will only take 3-4 hours to get here.

We arrived in Lucban at around 4PM and parked our van at a certain place because vehicles are not allowed to enter the crowded downtown. When we entered the streets it feels like we were transported into another dimension. We were amazed by the running Higante (giant), the beautifully decorated houses, the band playing on a stage, there’s folk dancing in the street, a lot of people smiling, It’s really a very happy place and everywhere I look, it’s all eye candy so I took the opportunity to take all the photos that I can!

We roamed around town and checked out all the creativity going around. We got to taste the famous Pancit Habhab which is sold on the streets. We went to the Church. We were also invited by a friend who has a weekend house there and they treated us to a dinner at their place and we got to enjoy their local cuisine such as Beef Caldereta and the yummy Hardinera– a local meat loaf steamed in an oval pan.

We stayed till 8PM & left the town together with our friend for we are not familiar with the alternative route which is via Antipolo. It only took us 3 hours to get home. The Pahiyas festival is really an amazing experience! We had a blast:-)

written by juanix

6 comments

  1. halfawakehaiku

    halfawakehaiku

    #5 of the squares is tops

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  2. tallgrrlrocks

    tallgrrlrocks

    I love the way you related your experience. It's so heartfelt. The Kiping is so beautiful. And I like the Higante! :D

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  3. juanix

    juanix

    wow, thanks so much tallgrrl :-)

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  4. emilios

    emilios

    very nice artcle and colourful pics.

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  5. saidseni

    saidseni

    So funny to see familiar things so far away... I think I should go to the Philippines... Nice location!

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  6. zezefan

    zezefan

    OOOH, MY!

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