Pahiyas Festival 2016 Lucban Quezon
Pahiyas Festival is held annually every May 15 and it commemorates St. Isidore for the bountiful harvest that the people receive. Based on history, the natives in Mt. Banahaw first observed this festivity when christianity first settled somewhere within the 1500s. The festival was then celebrated by offering to their “anitos” (remember christianity was quite early yet) for the bountiful harvest with vegetables and fruits or the like. They would also drink “Tuba” while eating delicious foods and pretty much party all the day. However, when evangelization started its momentum in the 1600s, people started clinging to christianity as it also boosts their blessings from St. Isidore.
The rest is history, and we are now celebrating it with thankfulness for the bountiful blessing, not only for harvest, but also for our life.
We went to quezon thin last May 15,2016 and the festival was rich with parade while the houses are decorated with fruits and vegetables and KIPING (a rice molded leaf decoration that could be eaten).
The parade was adorned with HIGANTES (giant mascots) that advertises the local businesses or VIPs. There are also parade dances and Carabao Carts with vegetables (and man! they are big!).
There was also a Parade of pageant representatives (I guess from baranggays) and they compete for who is the most beautiful and stylish of them all (ofcourse, with pahiyas motiff).
At night, street parties are dominating the teenage spirit (or even the old ones, I guess) with flashy rave music and cheering crowds that the DJ jives in for more night life bonanza!
Surely this yearly event is quite lively and full of happy memories. I highly suggest this festival for foreigners and locals alike to enjoy.
(DONT FORGET: Bring a sunscreen because one of my souvenir from this great festival was SUNBURN! ouch!)
How to get here:
Route 1: Bus-Jeep
- Go to Lucena you can either:
- From Manuela Metropolis Alabang, ride an N. dela Rosa or Jac Liner bus to Lucena, or an AB Liner or Barney Autolines bus to Guinayangan via Lucena, and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal.
- From Lawton, ride an N. dela Rosa bus to Lucena, and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal.
- From EDSA-Kamuning/Kamias, ride a Jac, Lucena Lines, Grand Star, or Tritran bus to Lucena, and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal.
- From EDSA-New York, ride a JAM Transit bus to Lucena, and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal.
- From EDSA-Pasay, ride a BLTB, Philtranco, JB Line Bicol Express, or Inland Trailways bus to Lucena, and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal.
- From Pureza, ride an AB Liner bus to Guinayangan via Lucena, and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal.
- From Lucena Grand Central Terminal, ride a jeep to Lucban.
Route 2: Bus-Jeep
- Go to Sta. Cruz. You can either:
- From LRT-1-Buendia, ride a Green Star, HM Transport, JAM, or Tritran bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna, and ask the conductor to drop you off at the Town Plaza in Sta. Cruz.
- From the HM Transport Terminal near Victory Liner Terminal on EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City, ride an HM Transport bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna, and ask the conductor to drop you off at the Town Plaza in Sta. Cruz.
- From Manuela Metropolis Alabang, ride an HM Liner bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna, and ask the conductor to drop you off at the Town Plaza in Sta. Cruz.
- From the Sta. Cruz Town Plaza, ride a jeep to Lucban.
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