The Colorful Pahiyas Festival, Still a Lucban, Quezon Experience
So much has been written about the Lucban, Quezon's Pahiyas Festival, but it was entirely different if you visited the place and experienced it personally. Part of our office Teambuilding is to experience the Tradition and Festivies, which often happen in the place every 15th of May. Even before the actual celebration, the place is already in a very festive mood. Residents were already busy adorning their house, mostly displaying the business that has been helping their families through the years
The Church and San Isidro Labrador
The reason for the Grand Celebration
The Patron St, is San Isidro Labrador, May 15 is the time for people to thank the saint for the year round bountiful harvest, and they believe celebrating the Feast Day in gratitude for the Saint will make them more prosperous in their harvest and businesses every year.
The Church of Lucban Quezon is also a Treasure of History
The Philippine Historical Committee Marker reads.
The first church, built in 1595, was ruined in 1629. The second church was constructed between 1630 and 1640. But was seriously damaged by fire in 1733. The present church was completed in 1738 and the convent in 1743.
(copied from http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenareh/1470702929/)
The Pahiyas Festival Contest
Officemates obviously enjoyed roaming around Lucban Quezon Neighborhood. Watching people displaying their harvests and handicrafts, which also showed thier remarkable creativity.
Colorful kipings are all over, most houses were adorned according to the owners' source of living, it may be agricultural products or handicrafts.... One house were almost covered by colorful palay and even made a Lantern out of it.. some displayed a curtain of Lucban Longganisa, some displayed their coconut harvest,vegetables, fruits and even flower and hat handicrafts.
My favorites were houses in Palay decorations, the one with Longganisa curtains, the house with Sayote curtains, and one house displaying Banig with paintings of Humans in festivities.
A cash reward awaits the most beautiful and unique displays, which made the Feast Day more exciting for the Lucban, Quezon Residences.
Just 2 Days in Lucban Quezon
but I guess the most wonderful 2 days of our lives, after refreshing our soul in the Kamay ni Hesus shrine, and had our delicious lunch at Kamay sa Palaisdaan, we experience the climax during the Pahiyas Festival on the second day.
Indeed my Lucban Quezon experience is the reason for me to go back to the place in the future..
Thanks Ms. Tess Carilla for the Photos...