Pahiyas Festival 2018: The Most Colorful Event in the Country
(Lucban, Philippines) There is a popular expression “Party like it’s Pahiyas.” This festival is no doubt one of the most vibrant and attended festivals in the country, if not in the whole world.
The Philippines’ most colorful harvest festival, Pahiyas Festival, is celebrated annually in the Municipality of Lucban or Lukban in Quezon Province. It is held in honor of San Isidro Labrador the Laborer every 15th of May.
The festival got its name from the term Hiyas which means Jewel. Pahiyas implies a precious offering. It’s no wonder that the festival centers on a bountiful harvest.
The main attraction of the festival are houses lining the streets of Lucban, Quezon which are fully decorated. Different kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, and other agricultural products adorn these houses, making the tourists feel invited to visit the place every year.
These houses also feature the famous colorful Kiping which are made from thin wafers of rice dough. These wafers are made into vivid flowers. People of Lucban use a variety of leaves such as banana leaves, cocoa, kabal, and coffee as patterns for the Kiping. The Kiping is more than just simple decoration. People in Lucban are busy preparing them several weeks before the festival.
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How to Get to Lucban
Lucban is the second-class municipality in the Province of Quezon bordering Sampaloc to the north, Tayabas City to the south, and Laguna to the east. It is close to a number of cities, making transportation options plenty.
Via Public Transportation
There are a number of options to reach Lucban from Metro Manila. There are different jeeps, buses, and vans that you can take but the best way to reach the place is from Lucena City.
1. From Cubao, Kamuning or Buendia, take a bus going to Lucena City. It will take you 4 to 5 hours and fare of P225.
2. From the Lucena Grand Terminal, ride a jeepney going to Lucban. Travel time is 30 to 45 minutes and will cost you P30.
Via Private Vehicle
If you want to travel more comfortable or if you are traveling with kids, using a car is a better option. You can find parking spaces outside of the parade route and outside the town proper.
1. Take the South Luzon Expressway.
2. Take the Sto. Tomas or Calamba Exit. If you will take the exit in Sto. Tomas, which will take you 3 to 4 hours to reach Lucban, you will be passing through San Pablo and Alaminos in Laguna as well as Candelaria, Sariaya, and Tiaong in Quezon. Once you reach Tayabas, follow the Tayabas-Lucban Road.
If you take the Calamba exit, you will be passing the numerous towns of Laguna until you reach Lucban. Travel time is 2 to 3 hours.
What To Do in Lucban
Every year, the government of Lucban prepares several activities lined up for the occasion. If you are planning to stay for several days, it is best to get the list of activities of the event. However, if you are staying just for a day, here are the things that you can do:
- Attend the 6 AM mass. The 6 AM Mass marks the start of the parade.
- Follow the parade procession. The parade begins after the mass. It goes around the town and passes by the decorated houses. You may use this time to take photos and chat with the locals.
- Visit the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church. This is a peaceful place which is perfect for Catholic pilgrims who want a moment of tranquility. Fr. Joseph A. Faller also conducts healing masses every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:30 AM. Because of the festival, this spot can also be crowded. If you want to see the whole place, prepare for the crowd. If it is your first time to visit the church, pray for your three wishes.
- Go on a food trip. You can find street food on your left and right! You can see vendors selling panic habhab, a noodle dish served on banana leaves or plastic bags and eaten without any utensils, pilipit or longganisang Lucian.
The schedule of events for the Pahiyas Festival 2018 is yet to be released. We will update you on the list once we have it so make sure to bookmark this page to get more updates.
Are you planning to pay Lucban a visit too? See you there!