May 15, 2010
Road Trip Subject: Pahiyas 2010
Destination: Lucban, Quezon Philippines
Photographers: Rizaldy Calimoso, Miguel Dolomandin, and Rman Nepomuceno
Travel Time: approximately 3-4 hours via Los Banos Laguna
What to Bring: Drnking Water, Comfortable Footwear, Hat, Extra Shirt, Sunglasses, Sunblock, and double check all your photogears bag!
Parking: park outside the Lucban Town, we parked in a covered basketball court for only 40 Pesos. This will save you from the hassle of going out after the festival parade. Take note that most of the roads was being routed on a “one way” mode during this event.
Food to Try: Pansit Habhab, Lucban Longanisa, and their Broas.
Walking Around: Check the events schedule posted in the Lucban church door and the pahiyas event website (www.pahiyasfestival.com). This will be your guide for the participating streets for the decorated houses and parade routes.
Suggested Itinerary: Be there as early as 6am, attend the mass and enjoy the good light shooting around the streets decorated houses. Next year, I’ll try to be there a day before the event and check the night festivities.
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About Pahiyas Festival:
The Pahiyas Festival is a colorful festival held every15th day of May at Lucban Quezon a town at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, South of Luzon. It is held as an offer of gratitude to their patron saint San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Worker) for the bountiful harvest. The festival’s name comes from the Filipino terms hiyas (jewel) and pahiyas (precious offering) The highlight of the festival is a procession along the streets of the image of San Isidro Labrador, to ensure the people’s bountiful harvest in the coming seasons. The procession features a pair of giant papier mâché figures of a farmer and his wife. This is followed by the image of the patron saint and his wife Sta. Maria de la Cabeza, who carries a basket with triangulo biscuits, which are given to the children during the procession. This culminates with generous sharing of food among the townspeople. Almost all the house on the parade route are adorned with their produce like , fruits, vegetables. flowers . leaves “pako” and “ kiping” (brightly colored rice made from a traditional recipe). Those who are involve with making buri hats or fans show off their colorful handiwork. On the other hand some hog-raisers flaunt their succulent “lechon” as offering. Lucbanins believe that a bountiful celebration will guarantee a more prosperous year for them. Each household tries to outdo each other in a friendly competition as they vie for the honor of being recognized for their creativity. Prizes are given to the winning pahiyas based on given criteria. The people not only compete for the cash prize given by the town but also for the attention of their neighbors and visitors.
As Lucban history reveals, the feat of San Isidro started in the 1500’s when the “Tagalogs” who lived at the foot of Mt. Banahaw celebrate with the simple offering to their “anitos” . As the natives where Christianized they went to the church to have their harvest blessed by the priest.
At present time, Pahiyas has became the feast of all feast . Local and foreign tourist flock to Lucban to savor the colorful sights and sumptuous food the amiable Lucbanins offer. It has kept the culture and religion alive. It also inncluded in the month long activities were the Langgonisa Festival and Tapas-Kayud competition where participants showcased the old traditional ways of preparing foods. There were also the kundiman and harana competitions which aimed to reiterate the romantic culture of courtship. This si to make the cebration more meaningful as wel as to revie old Filipino customs and traditions.
Surely, Anyone who witnessed this feast will go home with a full stomach and an overflow of fun and camaraderie. With the advent of the digital era, surely snapshots of this happy and colorful festival will cover the pages of websites, newspaper, magazines not to mention the pages of our minds where images of good times linger on.
And to continuously keep the history lives on this internet era, I am sharing my shots of Pahiyas 2010! This is another festivities every Filipino should witness and enjoy!
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