Pahiyas Festival is a colorful feast celebrated every 15th of May by the people of Lucban, Quezon in honor of San Isidro Labrador. It is the farmers’ thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest with a grand display of colorful rice wafers, fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts adorning every house in the town.
This year, we have decided to take part with the celebration. 🙂 Took us a little more than 4 hours drive from Cavite to Lucban, around 6:30 AM the car is parked and we’re ready to go!
The weather was a little off the whole morning. It will rain for five minutes then there is sunshine the next. Still, that did not stop us and all the other tourists and locals to roam around and enjoy the sight.
The decorations are really impressive. Overwhelming colors (good thing), creativity and resourcefulness are all you will see around the streets. The attention to detail is also incredible. You’ll get surprised on which material they used and how they made those into a beautiful work-art hung outside their houses.
These are just some of the wonderful houses around the barangay. Di nakakasawa tignan despite all the colors. 🙂
Going there will not be complete without the famous Pancit Habhab and Kiping (these are the ones used for decoration and is made of rice). Each serving is P10, enough for merienda :
Some houses let people go up their houses to take photos from the window. Sayang walang free food. Hehe And since we have been walking around for around 5 hours, it’s time for lunch Lucban style.We went to Buddy’s, a local restaurant whose specialties are of course Lucban delicacies. As expected, the place was jam-packed but good thing they have good and organized service.
In the afternoon, the parade was the most anticipated event. It was a showcase of more artistry of Lucban locals. There was a “Parikitan” where gowns made from kiping are worn and modeled for the crowd. There was also a Pancit HabHab competition on cart and floats. And lastly, carabaos and horses on parade which are farmer’s main helper for harvesting.
All in all, the Pahiyas experience has been very good. The travel from province to province was sulit for the ultimate eye-feast that the festival offered. No wonder many tourists, photographers, friends and families go there and celebrate with the people of Lucban. 🙂