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.”
|3:00 AM||Departure from Manila (3 hours travel time)|
|6:00 AM||Arrival Lucban, Quezon|
|6:00-7:30 AM||Breakfast/ Mass at San Isidro Labrador|
|7:30-11:30 AM||Sight-see, walk around town, photo-walk, art and photo exhibit tour|
|11:30-1:00 PM||Local lunch|
|2:00-3:00 PM||Pahiyas Festival Grand Parade of Carabaos, floats, marching bands and street dancers|
|3:00-4:30 PM||Local snacks, souvenir-shopping, last hurrah|
|4:30 PM||Departure for Manila|
|Side trip to other towns of Quezon or Laguna (optional)|
|7:30 PM||ETA Manila, dinner|
HOW TO GET TO LUCBAN, QUEZON
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.
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!