|San Isidro de Labrador, patron of the farmers.|
The day before the famed fiesta (May 14), friends who were at Lucban already told me that multitude of tourists were already flocking the town of Lucban. I know this is synonymous to heavy traffic.
The usual route (Manila-Lucena-Lucban)
From Cubao/Buendia/Alabang, anyone may take a bus bound to Lucena City. Click here. Tell the bus conductor to drop you at Lucena Grand Central Terminal where you can take a jeep bound to Lucban.
However, on the day of Pahiyas, this route will take you forever to reach Lucban, Quezon so I advise everyone to take the Backdoor Route.
The backdoor route (Manila-Pagsanjan-Lucban)
From Cubao/Buendia/Alabang, take a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. There's HM Bus line in Cubao and Greenstar Bus in Buendia. Tell the bus conductor to drop you at the terminal of jeep bound to Lucban.
The Pahiyas Festival has become synonymous to colors, harvests and tourists. It's the people of Lucban's way of giving thanks for their bountiful harvest. The facade of each house is decorated with their harvests (rice, pineapple, tomatoes, etc), colorful kiping (a leaf-shaped rice wafer), banig (weaved palms), coconut husks and a lot more.
|decorated houses in Lucban|
|tomato filled house|
|another colorful houses|
|the parade dancers|
|Mutya ng Pahiyas pageant contestant|
|creatively designed dress|
|another colorful dress|
|Higantes - not just in Rizal|
There's also a place for the shopaholics. Not too far from the church is a tiangge (bazaar) where one can buy shirts, hats, accessories, food and souvenirs.
|hats for sale|
The Food Trip
Taste the flavor of Lucban on Pahiyas Festival. Food is everywhere in town.
Longganisang Lucban - the garlicky sour taste of this variety of Philippine longganisa (chorizo) is a must taste in Lucban. This is also a perfect pasalubong for you love ones.
Pancit Habhab - aka Pancit Lucban, this local pancit on a banana leaf can fill everyone's growling stomach for only P7.00. Eat it the traditional way, habhab (no spoon or fork, eat directly from the banana leaf).
Kiping - their decors are edible. Have a taste of this thin crispy rice wafer before you leave the town.
What Else To See Lucban?
The Church of Lucban - this centuries-old church is worth visiting. Strike a pose on its exquisite stone facade.
|the marker of Lucban Church|
|the Saint Louis Parish aka Church of Lucban|
|Via Dolorosa on a hill|
Mt. Banahaw de Lucban - enjoy the great view of this mountain while walking from Kamay ni Hesus Shrine back to the town of Lucban.
|Mt. Banahaw de Lucban|
Read my Pahiyas 2011 experience here.