It was a great time having fun when I was in Lucban, Quezon during the Pahiyas Festival. As expected, crowded people every corner. The place visited by different people from different places, since this is considered as one of the most awaited festival in the Philippines.
I witnessed the annual celebration of Pahiyas Festival for the very first time. Every May 15, the streets of Lucban become more alive and colorful in honor to the patron saint of farmer, San Isidro Labrador as thanksgiving for bountiful harvest. The festival’s name derived from the Filipino terms hiyas (jewel) and pahiyas (precious offering). This is a source of excitement for the locals and visitors of the province.
House Decorating Contest
Thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest with a grand display of colorful rice wafers, fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts adorning every house in the town.
The Pahiyas procession map changes every year to give every Lucban household a chance to participate and decorate their houses and win cash and other prizes. The houses are judged and the best one is proclaimed the winner.
Some houses are fully decorated by Kiping, a traditional wafer that is used as both a decoration and a snack.
During at night.
Decorated house gets lively during the night. Anyway, besides these awesome houses lots of activities scheduled.
There’s lot more than this to explore here, such as eating Pancit Habhab, Longganisang Lucban, watching procession of higantes, street dancers, floats and gowns. An interesting place to visit and I think Lucban, Quezon is one of the country’s cleanest and most peaceful communities.