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Lucban Quezon Pahiyas Festival
One of the top festivals in the Philippines, Pahiyas Festival is second to Cebu's Sinulog Festival in terms of drawing local and foreign tourists.
The Philippines’ culture and heritage is indeed rich and diverse, this is apparent with the Pahiyas Festival, which is held in Lucban, Quezon, Philippines every 15th day of May.
Tens of thousands of tourists, local and foreigners flock to this town to see wonderful houses that are embellished with colorful and captivating "kipings" (dyed leaves), rice flakes and other produce.
These visitors indulged themselves with the explosion of colors and numerous adornments that are painstakingly whipped up by the local residents here. They never waver in taking pictures of the various unique houses even under the intense heat of the sun.
The colorful kipings, are dyed leaves that are used in decorating the facades of the houses here in Pahiyas Festival.
Aside from the vibrant "kipings," various farm products like vegetables, and fruits, and even roasted pigs are exploited to the hilt as decors just to make their house standout from the rest.
The celebration’s humble beginnings can be traced back to the early 1950’s when a parish priest requested the residents to place their produce in front of their homes so that they would be blessed when he would pass them, instead of carrying their mobile wooden houses in the parish church to be blessed which is arduous.
Filipino houses were built this way many decades back and they are some sort of turtles or something…
Nowadays, everyone can take part in the celebration not just the farmers.
This year’s celebration of the Pahiyas Festival will lasts for more than one month to give tourists ample time to get here and at the same time showcase this one of a kind tradition further.
This festivity in Lucban is the second largest festival in the Philippines next to Cebu’s Sinulog Festival, and this is not surprising since the sights and sounds here is tremendous. You can even experience the Filipino’s hospitality at its finest as you are welcome to dine in for free as the locals give you a toothy, warm smile.
A quick glimpse of Pahiyas Festival. Video from YouTube.
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