Pahiyas Festival Travel Guide

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Summer is here! And in summer (as Olaf would sing), it’s time for gluttonic feasts and colorful, vibrant festivals! Try Pahiyas Festival!

If you’ve been meaning to finally experience the colors of the wind local houses in Quezon decorated in a major way (think fruits and flowers), save the date!

This year’s Pahiyas festival (May 15) falls on a Sunday Thursday so make sure to file your leave of absence as early as now and invite your friends so they can do the same! If you want to push it, aim for that long weekend vacation in May by sandwiching Friday, too!

I can hear a major Southern road trip, can you?

ABOUT PAHIYAS FESTIVAL

Pahiyas Festival: the country’s biggest and most colorful harvest festival

Reason for the festival: a thanksgiving for the season’s bountiful harvest

Patron Saint honored: San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers

What to see: colorful houses of the locals decorated with “‘Kiping’, leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafers along with fruits and flowers from nature.”

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

TIMEITINERARY
3:00 AMDeparture from Manila (3 hours travel time)
6:00 AMArrival Lucban, Quezon
6:00-7:30 AMBreakfast/ Mass at San Isidro Labrador
7:30-11:30 AMSight-see, walk around town, photo-walk, art and photo exhibit tour
11:30-1:00 PMLocal lunch
1:00-2:00 PMRest/siesta
2:00-3:00 PMPahiyas Festival Grand Parade of Carabaos, floats, marching bands and street dancers
3:00-4:30 PMLocal snacks, souvenir-shopping, last hurrah
4:30 PMDeparture for Manila
Side trip to other towns of Quezon or Laguna (optional)
7:30 PMETA Manila, dinner

HOW TO GET TO LUCBAN, QUEZON

By Car

Take SLEX and exit to either of the two:

Exit 52A (Lucena, Legazpi, Batangas exit) (3-4 hours travel time)

Towns to pass:

Sto. Tomas Junction – Alaminos – San Pablo – Tiaong – Candelaria – Sariaya – Lucena City – Tayabas – Lucban

Exit 52B (Calamba, Los Baños, Pagsanjan exit) (2-3 hours travel time)

Towns to pass:

Los Baños – Bay – Pila – Sta Cruz – Pagsanjan – Cavinti – Luisiana – Lucban

By Bus + Jeepney (3 hours travel time)

Take buses along EDSA-Kamuning, Araneta Center Cubao, Buendia-Taft Avenues, or Edsa-Pasay going to Lucena City, Quezon or Sta Cruz, Laguna.

Bus Fare:

P190 (Lucena)

P140 (Sta Cruz)

  • From Lucena City, take a jeepney from the Grand Central Terminal or Crossing/Diversion Road, Lucena City going to Lucban. Average travel time is 45 mins  (P25)
  • From Sta Cruz, Laguna, take a jeepney from the terminal in Pagsawitan, Sta Cruz Laguna going to Lucban  (P38).

Tick it off your list! Start researching for vans for rent or schedule your car’s maintenance. You can go as far as bookmarking chic accommodation options or food trip locations you will find along the way!

Don’t let the summer’s heat keep you at home! Embrace the sun (with sunblock, of course :p)!

Book. Pack. Go!

-TFS