Are you ready for this year's celebration of Pahiyas Festival? Every year, thousands of foreign and local tourists from different parts of the globe flock to Lucban, Quezon to join the Pahiyas Festival.
The town of Lucban celebrates the Pahiyas Festival every 15 May in honour of the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro Labrador. It is the farmers’ thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest with a grand display of "kiping", fruits, vegetables and handicrafts adorning every house in the town.
The festival’s name comes from the tagalog terms “Hiyas and Pahiyas which means to decorate the hall with "kiping" and other agricultural harvest. If you’re not familiar with kiping, it is made from ground rice flour, which shaped like real leaves or other leaf forms and colored in red, yellow, green, orange and other bright shades. After producing a lot of "kiping", they formed it into different shapes like chandeliers called Anok or huge flowers.
One of the highlights of the festival is the friendly competition for earning the title “Best-Decorated House”. Each family would compete for the for the title to get the Grand Pahiyas Prize, which the winning house will get cash and exciting prizes.
Meanwhile, various activities are lined up starting the first week of May, with the main event on May 15th.
Aside from the colourful houses, you will also enjoy their food. The famous pancit habhab is a must-eat at the Pahiyas Festival. Don’t be surprise on how the people eat these noodles. You will eat the noodles straight from banana leaves without using fork or chopstick. Don’t also forget to taste the local sausage of Quezon, the Longganisang Lucban
How to go to Lucban, Quezon.
You can take a Lucena bound bus in Araneta Center Cubao, EDSA Kamuning, Buendia–Taft, EDSA Pasay. These buses will stop at Lucena Grand Central Teremina. Travel time takes about the 3-4 hour.. From there, take a Lucban jeep going to the event place, which takes 45 minutes.
The Pahiyas Festival 2014 schedule and activities are not yet announced. So you better watch out the news on this blog