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Lucban, Pahiyas Festival

Posted by on May 17th, 2009
Filed Under: Featured, Festival, Luzon, Quezon

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Lucban

A classic Tagalog quiet farming town that sits on the foothills of the sacred mountain of Banahaw, Lucban literally explodes with a kaleidoscope of colors, gastronomic feasts and religious fervor during the annual Pahiyas Festival, perhaps one of the most festive, most significant and most colorful of all the festivals in the world.

Lucban, 3-4 hours south of Manila, is an upland town in the province of Quezon (one of the largest Philippine provinces in terms of land area), is a bustling community of about 46,000 people. Postcard perfect, this is basically a traditional Southern Tagalog quiet municipality with narrow roads, a bunch of Spanish-era houses and a genteel yet provincial charm framed with the distant shadows of the mighty Mount Banahaw and rolling farmlands in the background.

According to a legend, the town got its name from the Lucban or Pomelo Tree. And so the legend goes, three hunters by the name of Marcos Tigla, Lucas Manawa and Luis Guimba from the town of Majayjay in the neighboring province of Laguna lost their way whilst following the trail of some wild animals and hunting at the foot of Mount Banahaw. While stopping for a rest under a tree, the trio saw a crow and thinking that this was a bad omen, they moved to another location under a large shady pomelo tree. While resting, the three hunters were fascinated with a couple of beautiful singing kingfishers. The superstitious trio thought of the incident as a good sign and decided to settle and name the place as Lucban. The townsfolk accepted this as true and Marcos Tigla became to be the first gobernadorcillo (a petty title similar to a village chief doled out by the Spanish conquistadors) in 1596. After his leadership, the other hunter, Lucas Manawa then took over for four years.


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Pahiyas Festival – A family affair
Photo by stitch


Pahiyas Festival


Lucban is pretty much synonymous with the famous Pahiyas Festival, celebrated every 15th of May – and it is this Philippines festival that made Lucban a must-see destination for those exploring the decadently multicultural and multifaceted country that is the Philippines. The festival dates back hundreds of years long before the arrival of the Spaniards and started out as an animistic ritual for the locals to honor their gods for their bountiful harvest and believing that celebrating this great fortune would ensure another bountiful year ahead.

When the Spaniards arrived around the 16th century, the festival was appropriated to suit the Catholic taste (as it was the same with the Kalibo Ati-atihan). The Spanish friars introduced San Isidro Labrador (Saint Isidore) to the natives and shifted the allegiance basically from the animist gods to the Christian God whilst continuing the tradition of thanksgiving and prayers for more abundant harvests to come. The townsfolk started to bring their best harvest to the church for its blessing and later on, with the increasing bounty they started putting it outside their doors instead with the statue of San Isidro going out in a procession.


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Pahiyas Festival

With Filipinos being naturally creative, the Lucban townspeople started hanging their harvests on their windows as well and then, the entire façade of their houses along the procession route. You would usually know the trade or industry of a particular house by the decorations themselves – rice stalks – means a rice farming family lives in that house; hats- meant there lives a hat-making family and so on and so forth. Don’t expect a house decorated with lingerie or kinky adult toys here though, however, we kind of had a wistful thought of that while we were strolling along the procession route. The procession route changes each year so that other houses may have a chance of participating in the festival. Giant papier-mache effigies are also paraded around town with a lively brass band, adding to the lovely fiesta atmosphere.


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Pahiyas Festival Décor: The most traditional and certainly the most attractive décor comes of course in the form of “KIPING” which are adorn and strung together to form all sorts of shapes, from chandelier called “ARANGYA” to huge flowers.

One iconic Pahiyas decoration is no other than the “kiping”, a colored (and edible) rice paper that is similar to the tacos of Mexico. The Galleon Trade between Manila and Acapulco (Mexico) in the 17th century was a major influence with this Pahiyas icon. A Lucban local by the name of Juan Suarez sailed to Mexico for training of some sorts, and was introduced to tacos in the port of Acapulco. Being a culinary talent, he tried to fashion out his version of tacos upon his return to Lucban using locally available ingredients (water, ground rice, salt and food coloring) – and thus, kiping was born.

Kiping is made by mixing all ingredients with water and pouring the mixture into a “kabal” leaf- a sturdy and wide leaf, while dripping the excess liquid (kipi) and then steaming it for 2-3 minutes. It is then hung up to dry after which you remove the kiping from the leaf to dry on a flat surface. You then put the “buntal” fiber for hanging and then you flatten (kipiin) several pieces by putting a heavy object on top. Kiping eventually became part of the Pahiyas Festival making the festival more colorful than ever – with chandeliers or “arangya” made out of kiping and sunflowers made to decorate the houses along with the vegetables. A drop by the local and surprisingly well-stocked souvenir shop can get you some kiping to take home (which is about PhP75 for six different colored pieces in a box). The kiping is usually deep-fried like prawn crackers and dipped in locally made organic spiked vinegar. It can also be grilled or microwaved and dipped in sugar, cheese powder, sour cream or however you like it.


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Pahiyas Festival

In the ‘60s the local word “Pahiyas” meaning decoration was formally added to name the celebration. Each house would compete for the Grand Pahiyas Prize and when the day turns into night, the brightest and the most lighted house wins the “Kutitap Award” – suddenly transforming the entire town into a Christmas village in the middle of May.

The Pahiyas festival usually starts around the morning of the 15th May with a mass in its beautiful centuries old Lucban Church (photo below). The present church actually sits on the ruins of the previous churches on the same site. The first one was built in 1595 and was destroyed in 1629, and a second church was constructed between 1630 and 1640 but was seriously damaged by fire 1738. The present church was completed in 1738 and the convent in 1743. Right by the right side of the church was the site of the La Casa de Doña Ana. It was the site of a big “bahay na bato” (house made out of stone – an architectural style that is usually attributed to the well-off Filipino families as opposed to the “bahay-kubo” – also known as the nipa hut and is usually attributed as the abode of poorer Filipinos). The house, which was owned then by Pedro Nepomuceno Y Villaseñor and Ana Maria Herrera Y de la Concepcion, was built in a neoclassical style a few years after the couple’s wedding in 1842. It was the only house with the neoclassical style in the entirety of Lucban and was the favorite place to stay for prominent guests coming from Manila and neighboring towns. The house was subsequently named in honor of the wife for her role in establishing Hospicio de Pobres de Lucban, a facility taking care of Lucban’s destitute and sick.


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The Basilica at Lucban, Quezon
Photo by stitch

What we found strange in Pahiyas was even though there was heaps of free food being handed out in the streets, there were an overwhelming number of beggars (we suspect these people were bused in from a different place as they did not look like they were locals). Touts are everywhere as well, with everything from dyed chicks, garlands and even the local “kesong puti” – cheese made from either goat or carabao milk. And like any place in the Philippines, ugly photos of politicians who were intending to run for public office were conveniently put in place- one, a prominent opposition mayor from a Manila city running for President for the 2010 elections, shamelessly posting his election streamers in Lucban. The streets of Lucban can be pretty crowded with media, local and foreign tourists milling around the procession route. The people of Lucban are generally peaceful, laidback, helpful and friendly so it is not very difficult to get around this tiny town. To go around the festival, start with the church and follow the houses with the decorations- you are basically following the procession route. Always check the Pahiyas Festival website for the route map for the year.


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Purple dyed chick

For the religious, another important site for pilgrims in Lucban is the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine (+63.42.5403085 or +63.917.8536267)- a few minutes away from the town proper, and is situated on the slopes of Mount Banahaw and features healing masses. The site features what would be the biggest Christ the Redeemer statue (50 feet) in Northern Hemisphere and second only to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. It sits on top of a hill with life-size figures depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross. It has a very theme-park feel and is a bit too contrived, with directions on how to go to the “Holy Bath”, to the “Garden of Eden” and to the cafeteria (no good coffee served here) and souvenir shop. We almost half-expected to see someone get crucified for a three-o’clock show. The buildings are boxy and do not have any artistic value, and the statues were basically made of concrete and painted. While I respect the views of the pilgrims who come here, I could not help but think of the place as something out of a Simpson’s TV episode.


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Mount Banahaw : It is considered to be sacred by the local residents because of its “holy water” and “puwesto”s, or holy sites. These are composed of natural features with shrines located in or on them, revealed to a man by the “Santo Boses” or Holy Voice.
Photo by Alaundre

For those who want to hike Mount Banahaw, please check with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (+63.2.9281178) first as the government sometimes closes the mountain to protect it. Usually accompanied with the word mystic, this imposing dormant volcano reaches heights of 7,382 feet above sea level with its last recorded eruption taking place in 1730. It has a 700 foot deep crater and the mid-slope has crystal clear springs that flow down to the town proper of Lucban and other towns nearby. Best place to start your hike though is from the town of Dolores with supplies coming from San Pablo town in Laguna. Mount Banahaw is considered as a holy place for a cult who calls themselves as Rizalistas who gather every Easter at the crater to wash in the “River Jordan” and pray for the rebirth of Jose Rizal. Rumors have it that UFOs were also seen in this area – giving the mountain a spooky and quirky reputation.

For people traveling on package tours such the ones handled by Discover Asia International Travel and Tours, there are side trips to the underground cemetery in Nagcarlan, Laguna offered as well as beaches in nearby Pagbilao (1 hour away) in the Tayabas Bay.

Editor addon

*updated Ryan: 19/11/2009 – Discover Asia International Travel and Tours does not have their best guides anymore, and lately, it has been very difficult dealing with them. I could no longer vouch for the quality of their services.

There are also beautiful Spanish era churches in the city of Lucena as well in the town of Tayabas that are quite pleasant. If you are not spending a night in Quezon, you might as well skip the island hop. The islands were okay but forgettable. The island hop in Tayabas Bay usually includes the Isla Puting Buhangin – a sizable island with a decent small strip of mixed sand and coral beach in a cove. It also a features a tiny cave called Kwebang Lampas where you can wade inside in about 4 feet of water. The boat trip to the island is uneventful (about 20 minutes). The island has a major coal power plant, which is a big turn off. Another nearby island is the Patayan Island (photo above), a small mangrove lined island with a mixed coral and pebbles sandbar that extends quite a long way into the sea. Sand quality on both islands is definitely inferior to that of Boracay and water quality is okay but is also second to Boracay, Palawan or even neighboring Batangas. Trips to the island are usually launched from the resorts on the coast of Pagbilao town. A big disappointment was the Balugbog Baboy or the Bilaran Sandbar. According to local boatmen, the sandbar practically disappeared after nearby resorts and homes quarried the sand indiscriminately, effectively destroying it.


Why Not Go


There are no beaches of any sort in Lucban and none that are close and worth going to either. The town does not have the huge malls that are present in most Philippine cities but it does have quaint stores that have that refined provincial feel.


Why Go


Lucban town itself is full of charm, and the Pahiyas Festival, along with the Kalibo Ati-atihan itself are amongst the most authentic and most colorful festivals in the Philippines. One should not miss the distinct culinary experience Lucban itself offers.


Best Time to Visit


Festival time (Pahiyas Festival, celebrated every 15th of May) is the best time to go to Lucban – although the town itself generally experiences occasional showers and thunderstorms as well as mist descending from Mount Banahaw the entire year. An umbrella always comes in handy in case of a sudden downpour.


Where to Stay


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Whether Lucban is just a daytrip for most people coming from Manila because of the lack of accommodation, it is probably best to contact the Pahiyas Festival website for referrals for places to stay in Lucban. Lucban, like Kalibo in Aklan has a similar boomtown character (although Kalibo does have more places to stay).

The Patio Rizal Hotel (+63.42.5402107) on the main street of Quezon Avenue has 18 rooms with 1 VIP suite and is amongst the most recommended places to stay in Lucban. As a tip, book your room possibly a year in advance if you plan to stay overnight during the festival. It is basically a stone’s throw away from the church where the procession basically starts and ends.


Where & What to Eat


Lucban is a good culinary destination for those who long for dishes with that deep Tagalog touch. Pansit Habhab is the queen of all Lucban dishes – a tasty noodle dish that is made from egg noodles that are sautéed with vegetables, pork, pork liver, and shrimps and is wrapped and eaten on banana leaves. The local government usually sponsors free pansit habhab and gives out free helpings to everyone on the street corners.

Another important Lucban culinary tradition is the Hardinera – Lucban’s version of meatloaf, but is quite different in most cases. It is made from diced pork and vegetables (and sometimes fruits) and then mixed with egg yolks, flour, cream and in some cases even cheese. Unlike meatloaf, it is steamed not baked. It has a curious delicate taste and it does add a perfect balance to the lustier flavor of Pancit Habhab.


Lucban longganisa are Philippine-style sausages
Lucban longganisa are Philippine-style sausages

Lucban longganisa (longganisa/langgonisa are Philippine-style sausages) above, are the smaller and the less sour version of their Vigan counterparts but not the less flavorful. It is a good compromise for those who cannot take the sourness and spiciness of the Vigan Longganisa.

Other notable must eats in Lucban are the kesong puti or the Philippine white cheese (which is most usually made by neighboring towns but sold in Lucban – a small block is about PhP50) which is a little tangy and a bit bland but perfect for freshly baked bread in the morning and a glass of brewed coffee; coconut jams; pastillas and yemas (mostly milk-based candies).

While it is best to be eat in one of the houses (usually package tours include buffets in someone’s house), one can also drop by the Abcede’s (+63.42.5402277) which has mainstream Filipino dishes as well as the Lucban specialties.


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Lambanog: The Southern Luzon traditional liquor – the Lambanog, made from coconuts. Strong and potent!


Nightlife


Nightlife in Lucban is forgettable save for the Pahiyas Festival nights where drinking and eating are widespread in almost all of the homes.


My to do List


1. Buy a box of kiping to take home.*
2. Take photos of the beautifully decorated houses.*
3. Stuff yourself with delicious Lucban dishes such as the pancit habhab.**
4. Have a taste of Southern Tagalog’s preferred poison – the fiery and potent- Lambanog.*
5. Take home a bunch of the Lucban Longganisa.**
6. Take a sidetrip to the nearby towns.
7. Stroll the streets of Lucban town at night.
*- Highly Recommended
**- Recommended by Locals


Getting There


If you are not going with a tour group, there are buses going to Lucena City or Sta. Cruz, Laguna from the different bus terminals in Manila (Buendia and Taft Avenues in Manila; Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City and along EDSA Kamuning-Kamias). From Sta. Cruz, take a jeepney going to Lucban in a terminal located in Pagsawitan. The jeepney fare should be about PhP38.00. Coming from Lucena City, head out to the Grand Central Terminal or the Crossing- Diversion Road and get on a jeepney bound for Lucban (Fare is PhP25.00).

There are AUVs, SUVs and other commuter vans located near the shopping malls in the south of Manila as well (Alabang, Muntinlupa area) but the fare varies.

Around town, walking is the best way to get around, because well, you don’t have any choice as the procession route is closed off to vehicles. If you are bringing a car, you would have to park it a long way from the town center in designated parking areas.

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31 Responses to “Lucban, Pahiyas Festival”

  1. Don Miguel says:

    Am definitely bookmarking this page and reserve all of your event-guides for when am next on home duty back in the PHilippines. Now, am looking forward to my next tour of duty back in the Philippines. your website contents printed out and with my handy 4×4, imma be off driving to these spectacular destinations indeed.

    I love how you portray the Pahiyas, simple as it is. No need for window dressing or hype. Love your photos and how you capture the colors. It’s all as vivid as the last time I was there.

    Thanks for sharing! Very helpful indeed.

    • Ryan says:

      Thanks for reading Don Miguel, Pahiyas indeed is a one of a kind festival. I will be writing more about the different destinations, and festivals in the Philippines in the future so better bookmark this page! :) :) You can also forward this page to your friends, foreign or Filipino so that they may be able to rediscover this part of the world. :):)

      Cheers!

      Ryan

  2. Twinkle says:

    Hi Ryan,

    I enjoyed reading the historical background you provided. At the festival, I was impressed with how the townspeople used local produce and the kiping to put together the different decorations they put on their houses. I wonder how many weeks or months in advance they plan and start preparing the materials.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Twinkle,

      Thank you for dropping by our pages – by perchance, you are the same Twinkle I shared a boat with going off to the islands in Pagbilao? With regards to kiping, from what I heard from the people around me, the people were making the kiping about at least 2 weeks before the festival. The Festival was really quite pleasant and the atmosphere jovial – just being in Lucban during this fiesta just makes me wax nostalgic about the provincial fiestas when I was a small boy. Btw, you got a lovely bunch of photos taken during the festival! Well done! Bookmark this page for future travel guides, and don’t forget to check out our other entries.

      Cheers!

      Ryan

      • Twinkle says:

        Hi Ryan,

        Yes, we were on the same boat. Hopefully I took decent pictures of you and your friends at the Patayan sandbar. I think one of the photos in my album on flickr is of your friend ‘walking on water’ as the sun was setting in the horizon. Pretty cool shot.

        Yes, I have bookmarked this site :) I’ve also read your article on Dumaguete, I’ll be going there at the end of the month, and I have to say I am now even more excited to see that place. Hopefully I get to visit some of the places you mentioned.

        Looking forward to reading more of your travel guides!

        • Ryan says:

          Hi Twinkle!

          Wow, that was an amazing shot! Thanks! By the way, the Dumaguete article wasn’t mine though. But if you are in Dumaguete, do not miss the Twin Lakes up north and the seven-kilometer sandbar in Bais City. From Dumaguete, it is a boat away from Siquijor and they have very nice beaches as well. Check out my articles on Sagada as well, if you haven’t been there, I highly recommend that place. Keep in touch!

          Cheers!

          Ryan

  3. rolly says:

    I haven’t gone there. Especially not during the fiesta which is really very colorful. Someday!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Rolly,

      You definitely should drop by next year! Also, check out the other destination guides in our website, you can bookmark our site or better yet, link to us for updates!

      Cheers!

      Ryan

  4. ava livne says:

    dahling,
    i indeed enjoyed reading your article about pahiyas. i will definitely make it a point to visit this festival next year during my yearly trip back home.

    you really did wet my taste buds and i can almost taste the longanissas.

    i look forward to reading your future travels.

    keep up the great work.

    madame ava

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Ava!

      Thanks for your nice comments, don’t forget to check for our other destination guides as well.. :) I hope you will have an excellent trip back to the Philippines soon!

      Cheers!

      Ryan

  5. Cris Hernandez says:

    Hi Dave!

    Wish Philippine History back in college were more like this. Wish to see Lucban soon. Tried the chorizos, different but yummy just the same.

    I pity the dyed chick though. Awww…

    Keep writing!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Cris,

      I think our History professors were busy scheming of how to bring down our government. LOL. Yeah, you see these dyed chicks everywhere even in Aklan during the Ati-atihan. They don’t usually live long though,, Tsk, a lot is still needed to promote animal welfare in the Philippines.. But thanks for reading – Pahiyas is a great festival!

      Ryan

  6. hello there R !
    thanks for directing me towards this place which features Philippine Tourism at its best .
    my , you are indeed quite blessed to have one of the most enviable work of a lifetime – that of showcasing to the rest of the world on how beautiful the Philippines is ….the undisputed Pearl of the Orient .

    i would dare say that the country is REPLETE with historical gems from the dawn of time and up to the present and this has to be fully realized by the Philippine Tourism Department to the max . there ought to be a blueprint on how to strategically market the Philippines as a premiere tourism destination on a par with that of European and Asian travel attractions.it is a big shame that a lot of opportunities are irretrievably lost when people approach and ask me this very basic question : IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN THE PHILIPPINES ?

    the Government only has to really wake up and boldly take decisive measures in order to rectify the ills that plague the country for centuries- to finally extricate Pilipinos from living under the yoke of stagnation and hopelessness .
    and maybe…if things were all sorted out just fine , then Filipina maids and other OFWs
    would no longer have to be separated from their families because they now constitute a first-class workforce that strongly support the Philippines as a whole and standing proudly vis – a vis the global community.

    thanks for hearing me out R ….and no , I am not gunning for any political position whatsoever , other Flips are far more qualified in that area .

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas at ang mga Pilipino !

    THERENAISSANCEMAN

    • Ryan says:

      Wow, I could not have said it as more detailed as you did. :) Cheers and please do bookmark these pages – hopefully it will be an enormous help for your future trips to the Philippines!

      Cheers!

      Ryan

  7. denissemay says:

    i love the article and awesome photos!!! very informative indeed. admire your passion for promoting Philippines tourism. keep up the good work Rye!!! =)

    • Ryan says:

      Thanks denissemay!

      The trip to Lucban was indeed much fun – you should check it out next year!

      Cheers

      Ryan

  8. Alfredo Hernández says:

    Pregunta:
    ¿Desde cuándo producen la Longaniza en Luzon?.
    ¿Ustedes la consideran un producto netamente filipino?
    ¿ Qué otros productos llevaron a América?.

    Muchos consideran que el guiso del ceviche es de alguna parte de América. Pero yo creo que los filipinos llevaron esta forma de cocinar el pescado a la Nueva España. ¿Será cierto esto?
    Gracias por su respuesta.

    • Ryan says:

      Hola Alfredo, Lo siento para la respuesta retrasada, acabo de retirarme de Malasia y de Brunei. Su pregunta es absolutamente interesante, pero necesitaré más investigación sobre eso. Le volveré tan pronto como tenga la respuesta. Gracias por leer mi artículo y me disculpo por mi lengua española pobre.

      Saludos desde Filipinas!
      Ryan

    • Ryan says:

      Por lo que va mi investigación, Longganiza filipino ha estado alrededor desde que el español vino a estas islas – sin embargo, por supuesto, después, las influencias chinas tan bien como el uso de especias indígenas hace el Longganizas filipino diferente de sus primos latinoamericanos e ibéricos. Diversas regiones del país (como en España) tienen su propia toma en el longganiza pero bajan sobre todo bajo dos categorías – el hamonado (dulce) y el derecado (picante o salado o amargo o combinación). Como norte lejano como Vigan a Cebú, a Leyte y a Aklan en el sur hay diversas versiones sus los propios. Cuando viene al ceviche (filipino: el kinilaw), los orígenes puede ser discutible pues habría podido alcanzar las Filipinas a través de los comerciantes árabes o a través los españoles (solamente de mí cuente esto tiene probablemente más a hacer con los árabes – el sikbaj que había estado negociando con nuestra manera de la gente antes de que vinieran los españoles pero eso es apenas yo.). Eso es hasta ahora lo que puedo encontrar. Ryan

  9. yeye says:

    hi sir ..

    kailan pa po nag simula ang pahiyas festival ? gaano po kadami ang toristang pumupunta dito ? at paano po ito nakaka tulong sa ating kultura at torismo .. ?

    thank you po ..

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Yeye,

      Please check the paragraph under Pahiyas Festival heading- the origin is explained there…As for your other questions, I think the Lucban Tourism Office would be able to give you a figure about tourism arrivals there as well as as a more detailed cultural impact of tourism in the area. :)

      Ryan

  10. JKOB says:

    nice one!!! keep it up!
    I spent my 2 years at lucban, parang more than thousand ang mga tao during pahiyas festival, like artists (singer, etc) at mga politico. Now, nagiisip kami ng style/ decors para sa Pahiyas this 2010, pwede po bang post po ulit ng ibang pahiyas decors para po may idea po kami sa gagawin namin this pahiyas sa house namin. THANKS!!!

    keep writing and helping!!!

  11. mong says:

    I would just want to know if you have a copy of schedule of events for pahiyias 2010. I could not find any website for the schedule. Even that of pahiyasfestival.com, they only have schedule for last year (nakakadismaya)

    I would really appreciate if you could provide us with it including the route map. This would be my first time if ever we would be pushing through with the plan of attending the pahiyas.

    This blog of yours is really informative. Kudos! This is really a big help to us budget and DIY travelers.

  12. shawi says:

    This is very good and really informative. Im going there this weekend with my girl friends, and will be going to Majayjay on the 16th. This will be our first time to experience the Pahiyas festival, hope it’ll be a pleasant one. Just wanna thank you Ryan for the very helpful post. We’re so excited! ^^

  13. Chito says:

    The traffic going to Lucban was CRAZY last saturday. We were supposed to arrive 9am. We got there 2pm.

    • Ryan says:

      Whoa! I think when we left for Lucban last time, we left just after midnight and got there around 7 PM I think…

  14. Juliet says:

    @Chito – i agree with you! we arrive around 12nn in time for lunch..

    worse thing a travel bug like us, having an in.efficient tour guide was the worse thing to happen!! grabe talaga!! I would like to share lang to others who are planning to go to Pahiyas next year.. Pahiyas is truly worth to see but please try not to get FRANCIS NANAWA for your guide.. he wasn’t on top of the situtation leaving us with OJTs to handle everything… not a professional in my book. Never encountered a tour guide like that, and it seems he doesn’t even care… tsk tsk tsk

    We’re planning on going to Quezon again, this time on our own… =)

  15. sharon says:

    Yeah!! as in super bagal…. it took us 2 hours to make it through alabang (from Makati)… grabe!

  16. Natalia says:

    thank you very much for the information, Iam thinking of going for pahiyas this coming May. I missed it twice because of I was busy with different things, and I hope I can make it this year.

  17. jong de ramon says:

    this is a very informative site..we will be there on the 15th of May to attend the Pahiyas Festival with my friends….

  18. Roy says:

    So if you really are planning to go to Lucban make it planned ahead of schedules
    all hotel bookings there are full 2 months before the festival . Make sure to travel going to Lucban as early as possible you can start to travel by early morning of May 15 say 3-4 AM (fr. Manila) so by the time the sun is rising you are already in Sta.Cruz (via Laguna) ,or in Candelaria (via Lucena).No need hiring guide which just make your life worse like (FRANCIS NANAWA?) people along the way are helpful just ask them and for sure all the vehicles are going all to Lucban.Hint never travel going via Lucena before 10am for sure you will reach Lucban in the afternoon since all the way along going to Lucban by this way are celebrating the SAN ISIDRO FESTIVITIES , unless you want to watch Pahiyas by night which is also colorful with all the lights adorning the decorations.
    Have a safe travel to Lucban.
    Please visit KAMAY NI HESUS .

    Thanks.
    Roy

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