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    Pahiyas Festival

    by kemisteryoso Updated Jul 10, 2010

    Derived from the local Filipino word “Payas,” which means to decorate.

    Held every year on the 15th of May to honor St. Isidore (the patron of farmers, peasants, day laborers, and rural communities)

    It's very colorful and I don't mind the heat while taking pictures of those colorful houses.
    Actually each household decorates the facade of their house uniquely with colored “kiping” which are made out of grounded rice flour, shaped like leaves. It is colored radiantly in red, pink, green and other bright colors. Fruits,vegetables and other agricultural products are also being used for decorations. I think it is a contest and a big prize awaits the winner

    Some other things are the bazaar of their handmade crafts like straw hats that are worn during the festival.

    Don't forget to have a taste of their Lucban longganisa and pancit habhab.

    almost all are wearing Buri Hats San isidro decorated houses lantern what a big sunflower
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    Lucban Church

    by kemisteryoso Written Jun 17, 2010

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    If you are a old church lover like me, don't forget this very old church of Lucban.
    This is the parish of Saint Louis, Bishop of Tolouse. Very old church that was first constructed in 1595. This is one of the purpose of Spaniards why they invaded Philippines to teach Christianity and construction of Churches after their invasion in 1521 begun on various location.This Church was was ruined by fires in different occasions so underwent renovations. The present church was completed in 1738.

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    Photo Shoot

    by cyndymc Updated Jul 2, 2009

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    It would be such a waste of good memories if you don't bring your camera with you to capture the festive mood of Pahiyas Festival. Users of point & shoot cameras have less problems with this, but some dlsr users feel so conscious and insecure having to bring their big camera and gear. Don't be afraid to bring your DLSR, special lenses & accessories. The Lucbanins are peace-loving people. I was told by a friend that even if you walk alone in the streets at night, you need not be afraid. During Pahiyas Festival, the Lucbanins keep an eye on tourists who might need help, and even volunteer their houses and/or streets to be the subjects for photography.

    That's Me In Action! Looking For Subjects for Photography Let's Go! Hmm...Interesting! Owner of A Photo Studio Asked Me To Pose
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    Watch The Pahiyas Float Parade

    by cyndymc Updated May 27, 2009

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    The different government and non-government offices participated in the Float Parade held on Pahiyas Eve. Jeepneys and pick-ups were adorned with vegetables, flowers, forest plants & leaves; some even had nipa huts and landscape motif with a statue of St. Isidore as centerpiece. All participants were in a festive mood as they paraded, to the delight of locals and tourists who watched from the sidewalks. It drizzled a bit, but it didn't dampen the spirit of the people.

    The floats paraded on the Pahiyas route, where homeowners were still busy decorating their houses.

    Samahan ng Mga Punong Barangay Float Lupon ng Edukasyon Float Lupon ng Pananalapi Float One of the Crowd's Favorites
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    Visit the "Municipio"

    by cyndymc Written May 15, 2009

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    The Municipal Building is right infront of Plaza Rizal at Quezon Avenue, and is very near Patio Rizal and other business establishments. In case, you have any questions about the town, you can approach anyone there. They are very hospitable, and ready to help you out with directions on where to go, what to buy,etc.

    Lucban Municipal Building National Historical Institute Marker
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    Partake of the Free "Pancit Habhab"

    by cyndymc Updated May 15, 2009

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    During the Pahiyas Festival, tourists are treated to free "pancit habhab" at designated points (at the street corners where Pahiyas streamers are hung). The catch: you'll have to eat it the Lucbanin way. Sans spoon & fork, you have to use your tongue and lips to "suck" the noodles to fully put it into your mouth.

    Pancit Habhab Pahiyas Streamer
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    Make Plaza Rizal Your Meeting Place

    by cyndymc Written May 15, 2009

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    My husband and I usually "lose" each other during the festivals, especially when we are so engrossed with taking pictures. That is why we always agree on a meeting place in case we "lose" each other. In the case of Lucban, the town is very small, but with so many people, one can easily be out of sight. We chose Rizal Plaza as our meeting place because in case we get "lost", any local can point to us the direction to Plaza Rizal, and the statue of Dr. Jose Rizal is high enough to be seen despite the hordes of people. If you're lucky, you can even sit on one of the benches there while waiting; and if you get hungry, you can buy snacks from nearby Buddy's and still have a good view of Plaza Rizal.

    Let Rizal Be Your Guide
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    Dare To Walk The Narrow Streets; It's Safe

    by cyndymc Updated May 15, 2009

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    On ordinary days, you can park your car in the church compound and walk the narrow streets to the restaurant or other places of interest. You might be approached by some ambulant vendors, but it is safe to ignore them.

    On Pahiyas Festival, main streets are blocked. You have no choice but to walk the streets. It's okay; buntings hung over the streets are a beautiful, happy sight, making it pleasurable to walk despite the heat and overcrowded streets. In my case, unexpected discovery of beautiful heritage houses added meaning to my walk.

    Hospitality of the locals and police visibility also boost the feeling of security of tourists.

    Buntings, Streamer & Heritage Houses Green Buntings Are So Soothing To The Eyes
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    Join the fun in Pahiyas Eve Contests

    by cyndymc Updated May 15, 2009

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    After the Float Parade, the events coordinator announced the opening of various contests at Plaza Rizal like Best Henna Tattoo. Because the music was too loud, I wasn't able to hear what were the other contests. However, I saw crowds screaming with excitement at the corner of Plaza Rizal; it turned out there was a wall climbing contest.

    Wall Climbing at Plaza Rizal Another Contestant
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    See Lucbanins In Action On Pahiyas Eve

    by cyndymc Written May 14, 2009

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    Since we couldn't go to Lucban on the actual date of Pahiyas Festival, we went there the day before. We went around the streets, and enjoyed watching the different decors being set up in the houses along the Pahiyas route. The Lucbanins are so friendly and ever-willing to accomodate "strangers" like us who simply want to watch them and take some pictures. Some even engaged us in interesting conversations, relating how their families have planned to adorn their houses, while showing us around their houses.

    I noticed that the families really put in a lot of effort into the Pahiyas Festival. The wealthy spend a lot of money and hire artists/craftsmen in conceptualizing and executing grand designs; even the more humble homes put up "kiping" decors mixed with farm vegetables and forest fruits and fronds.

    Children Help By Pasting Wires On The Old Man Hangs Young Palm Fronds Teenagers Help Cut & Clean Bamboo Garage Turned Into A
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    Visit the Parish Church of St. Louis Bishop

    by cyndymc Updated Mar 7, 2009

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    The Parish Church of Lucban, Quezon is named after St. Louis, Bishop of Tolouse.

    The Franciscan missionaries built the very first church in 1595 using indigenous materials. It was ruined in 1629; in about 10 years (from 1630 to 1640),the 2nd church was built. Unfortunately, it was razed by fire in 1733 so another structure was constructed and completed in 1738. This is the same structure of the present church. Efforts have been made to preserve the church exterior, but some changes have been made to the church interior.

    The first time we went there, it was raining and the church was closed when we arrived. When a funeral hearse arrived, the doors of the church were then opened, but I couldn't take much pictures inside in deference to preparations being done for necrological mass.

    I'm glad we were able to visit it again. I'd like to share with you some pictures taken inside the church.

    Inside the church Front of St. Louis Bishop Parish Church St. Louise de Tolouse Belfry & Cupola Apse Area
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    Visita Iglesia & Via Crucis at Kamay ni Hesus

    by cyndymc Updated Jan 19, 2009

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    Visita Iglesia & Via Crucis are usually done by the Catholic locals during the Holy Week. However, even on ordinary days of the year, many people go to the Church and life-size Stations of the Cross at Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban.

    Kamay ni Hesus is a big compound developed by supporters of Fr. Joey Faller, famous healing priest of Lucban, Quezon. There is a Healing Church where regular healing masses are held, and beside it is a hill called Via Dolorosa, Grotto of Healing & Way of Purification. One can go up through the 292 steps on the left ascent or the 278 steps on the right ascent. Although there are lesser steps on the right ascent, the way is more steep. Climbing up becomes easier while praying and stopping by the life-size Stations of the Cross until the 50-ft image of Ascending Jesus Christ is reached at the top. If you make the Via Crucis,you have to start going up through the left side. There are two Stations on each level, so after reaching the next station, you have to continue going up through the right side, go up next on the left side, and so on. Halfway up the hill is a grotto of Mama Mary where you can lift up your prayer intentions.

    For a virtual Via Crucis, you may visit my website: http://lolac.multiply.com/photos/album/155

    Other places for meditative prayers are: Luklukan ni Maria with various life-size Marian images and Depictions of the 20 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, Angels Hill and Garden of Eden.

    Inside the Chapel at Kamay ni Hesus Shrine Via Dolorosa Healing Grotto & Way of Purification View of Chapel From Midway of the Hill Life-size Station of the Cross 50-ft Image of Ascending Christ
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    Pahiyas Festival

    by freddie18 Updated Dec 27, 2008

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    I was so excited when I finally made it to the Pahiyas Festival. It was a wonderful experience. The festival was held on May 15 and celebrated every year as a thanksgiving to San Isidro Labrador, the Patron Saint of the Farmers, for the agricultural harvest for the year.
    This is done by displaying artworks in houses of selected streets for the year. A bountiful display of fruits, vegetables, and all kinds of farm produce.

    This festivities is held for a week which attracted local and foreign tourists. The popularity of Pahiyas Festival has contributed to the progressive tourism industry of Lucban, Quezon.

    I highly recommend a visit to the Festival. Stay in Lucban for a day to fully enjoy the celebration. To give you an idea on how the festival looks like, I am posting some of the pictures with my tips and in my travelogues. It is truly amazing!

    Farm Harvest Display at Pahiyas Festival Pahiyas Festival Display Pahiyas Festival Display House Decoration at Pahiyas Festival Vegetables & Fruits Display at Pahiyas Festival
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    Streets of Lucban

    by freddie18 Updated Jul 3, 2008

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    Just like any other street in the Philippines, most streets of Lucban are narrow and congested. Bigger to small streets are full of jeep, tricycle, buses and private cars, not to mention the normal way of local people's travelling....by walking along the road.

    You will enjoy walking though as you will have a glimpse of the houses and simple life of the Lucbanins.

    Street Leading to Lucban Town Proper Streets During Saint Isidore Feast in Lucban Streets During the Pahiyas Festival
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    Enjoy the View from the Top

    by freddie18 Updated Jul 3, 2008

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    If you are on top of the hill beside the statue of Jesus, you will have a chance to see the view of the town of Lucban and its green landscape. It is a refreshing feeling

    I am posting here some of the nice views that I am sure you will enjoy. Come see the place yourself, it is worth visiting.

    A View of the Town of Lucban Greenery of Lucban View of Banana Trees from the Top View of Coconut Trees from the Top A View of the Coconut Tree in Lucban

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