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Lucban Quezon Pahiyas Festival

Updated on October 02, 2012

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.


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The participants in the Pahiyas Festival. Picture courtesy of Lugaluda.comPahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of Photo.net.phPahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of Pahiyasgrill.comPahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of flickr.comPahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of www.unanghirit.tv
The participants in the Pahiyas Festival. Picture courtesy of Lugaluda.com
The participants in the Pahiyas Festival. Picture courtesy of Lugaluda.com
Pahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of Photo.net.ph
Pahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of Photo.net.ph
Pahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of Pahiyasgrill.com
Pahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of Pahiyasgrill.com
Pahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of flickr.com
Pahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of flickr.com
Pahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of www.unanghirit.tv
Pahiyas Festival Image. Picture courtesy of www.unanghirit.tv

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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      kim eliza prieto 5 years ago

      thank you for showing your wonderful festival.it really must be en experience ang ganda ganda talaga

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      IndoVillas 5 years ago

      There's a lot of festivities in the Philippines and it's very colorful. I've been to the Sinulug Festival, it was great.

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      Gener Geminiano 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Yeah it is a pleasure...

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      georgiecarlos 6 years ago from Philippines

      I actually have been to this festival once and it is so beautiful! I guess it also helps that my grandfather is from Quezon :) Thanks for sharing!

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      I wanted to go to the Pahiyas Festival this year. Unfortunately I had conflict in schedule so I was not able to make it. I will make it a point to go next year.

      Thanks for this lovely hub GH.

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      BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

      I learned one thing in my travels, never pass up a good festival. Thank you for sharing with us. I so wish I could visit all the places I see on the hubs.

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      H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

      In the Videos- beautiful pictures of dolls dancing with the chant of music with a tone of Southeast Asia is quite enjoyable.

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      Gener Geminiano 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Thanks a lot HH for dropping by...

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for showing your wonderful festival. It really must be en experience.

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