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The Pahiyas Festival is one of the most popular fiestas in the Philippines, held in honor of San Isidro Labrador, Catholic Patron Saint of Farmers. It is celebrated annually every May 15th (regardless of whether it falls on a weekday or a weekend).
The festival is a thanksgiving feast for a beautiful harvest. Kiping (colorful decorations made from dried rice paste) are used to decorate the houses along with various fruit, vegetables, and flowers.
#TeamOAP (Team Our Awesome Planet) visited this year and put together these helpful tips for you to use next time you visit Pahiyas.
1. Travel Tips
Be sure to leave Manila by 3am. Take the route to Lucena to avoid traffic in the neighboring towns that are also celebrating their own Pahiyas Festival.
Parking is located outside of town. This means you need to ride a tricycle or walk to get to the route.
Tip: Look out for heavy traffic if you decide to leave the festival by 3pm, when the parade is just getting started.
2. What to do at the Pahiyas Festival
Tip: Don't be shy to ask permission from the owners; most of them don't mind and will even invite you to eat with them. 🙂
We had a wonderful view of the parade from their window…
Designers in town are challenged to create beautiful dresses that incorporate the spirit of the fiesta.
Trivia: The carabao is one of the main symbols of the Philippines and a farmer’s best companion, as they help with farming chores.
Even after the parade ends, the crowd is still lively…
Tip: It's a tradition to eat it with a bit of vinegar and directly from the banana leaf using only your mouth (no utensils). P10 only.
Tip: You can bring home passion fruit concentrate but you need a cooler and ice so it won't spoil on your way back to Manila.
Lucban longganisa has a garlicky taste, and you can find the locals hanging them outside their house. Our favorite though is the simple grilled longganisa on the streets. Dip in vinegar for added taste. 🙂
Fun Fact: They don't use preservatives–just oregano, garlic, and atsuete.
3.Where to eat in the town?
Quezon Avenue, Lucban Quezon
Facebook: Abcede's Resto
99 Avenida Rizal, Lucban Quezon
They serve delicious and satisfying home-cooked meals at affordable prices. Budget is about P110 with drinks.
San Luis Street, Lucban Quezon
Center Miki Factory has been making pancit hab-hab since 1937. Available in fresh and dried versions, it is a very dense and flavorful egg noodle. They don't serve pancit hab-hab the traditional way. 🙁 But you can buy dried noodles for pasalubong here.
Center Miki Factory: Old Center
85 San Luis Street, Lucban, Quezon
Chef Joel S. Perea was the Maitre D' and manager of the French restaurants La Girolle and Brasserie Girolle in Manila. His French restaurant background inspires his style of cooking ramen.
They have no bestseller because for Chef Joel every one of his dishes is the specialty. We like the broth and the al dente noodles. They give you a big serving even if you just order the small size. Budget is P198/ramen. We suggest you pair your ramen with their freshly squeezed passion fruit juice P65.
Nigazz House of Ramen
22 Avenida Rizal St.
Mobile: +63 919 844-5391
Besides the tiangge, you can also buy pasalubong from the best brands–Abcede, Dealo, Eker and Ely, and Old Center.
Eker & Ely
Quezon Avenue, Lucban Quezon
Mobile: +63 927 584-1911
Facebook: Eker and Ely Longganisang
Apo ni Eker
62 Rizal Avenue, Lucban Quezon
Facebook: Lolo Eker & Lola Ely Lucban Langgonisa and Pasalubong
Mobile: +63 939 917-8056
If you're looking for a more out-of-the-ordinary souvenir, check out Lucban-born artist Erick Dator's kiping and pahiyas-inspired artworks. The prices of his paintings range from P5,000 to P300,000. We heard you could get a special price during the festival day. 🙂
Mabini St. Daang Kastilyo, Brgy Palola, Lucban Quezon
Mobile: +63 918 584-2455
Facebook: Erick Dator
5. Pilgrimage to Kamay ni Hesus
Kamay ni Hesus is a popular pilgrimage site because of the healing miracles of Fr. Joseph A. Faller (http://www.joeyfaller.org/). He regularly conducts healing masses every Wednesday and Saturday at 9.30am.
Most of the pilgrims climb a small hill to pray and reflect on the 14 Stations of the Cross.
If it's your first time there, you can visit the church and pray for your three wishes. They say you will be blessed accordingly.
Kamay ni Hesus Church Mass Schedule
Mondays to Fridays (9.00am – Regular Mass)
Wednesday and Saturday (9.30am – Healing Mass)
Saturday (5.00pm – Anticipated Sunday Mass)
Sunday(7.30am, 9.00am, 10.30am, 11.30am and 4.00pm)
Schedule of Confession
(before 9.30am Healing Mass)
First Friday Confession (8.00am, 4.00pm)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Adoration (1st Friday and 4.00pm Saturday)
BONUS: The Checklist
- If you’re coming to the Pahiyas Festival on a private vehicle, be sure to leave early. If you arrive here anytime in the afternoon, you’ll have a very hard time finding a parking spot.
- Be careful with your things. There’s a lot of people in the festival, so always be alert. Don’t use backpacks. Secure your belongings in a zippered satchel or fanny pack.
- Bring your camera.
- Lucban has very cool weather because it's located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw. It usually rains in the area giving it a very green and lush landscape. Bring an umbrella! It's considered a blessing if it rains.
- A no plastic policy is practiced in the city; bring those eco-friendly bags to carry your pasalubong and other knick-knacks.
- Bring cash; expect long lines at the ATMs.
- Remember to have fun and enjoy!
What to Bring:
- Drinking water
- Light clothes
- Comfortable shoes
- Hat or cap
- Satchel or fanny pack
- Wet wipes
The trip might be long, but it was worth our time. It was awesome to explore and witness this unique Filipino tradition. We hope we can attend the next one!
If you're looking for the best food and heritage tour guide for Quezon and the Pahiyas Festival, you should check out the Grand San Isidro Festivals Tour by our long time friend Tina Decal. She helped us discover yummy local treats in the area. Thank you, Tina!
Grand San Isidro Festivals Tour
Mobile: +63 916 276-8300
Telephone: +632 728-8234
Live an Awesome Life,
Abi, Sean, and Boom
Our Awesome Planet Team
Disclosure: We went around the Pahiyas Festival at our own expense. We stayed at Samkara as guests of the hotel. We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. Our accommodations were at Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort.
And even if there was no air-conditioning, we had no need for it as the weather was cool almost all day long. The comfort room was clean and had a hot and cold shower. The view from our patio overlooked a rice terrace and fresh water stream–perfect for unwinding.
Weekend/Holiday room rate is P4,000/net.
The pool is fed directly from a fresh water cold spring and is a perfect place for the family to relax and bond.
If you ever find yourself in the Lucban Area, checkout Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort.
Samkara Restaurant and Garden Resort
Sitio Malinao, Brgy. Igang, Lucban, Quezon Philippines
Mobile: +63 947 922-0081
Tip: Make sure to book a room at least a month early if you plan on staying during The Pahiyas Festival.