Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon

Pahiyas Festival is an annual celebration in Lucban, Quezon to give thanks to their patron saint San Isidro Labrador for the year’s bountiful harvest. The locales usually celebrate it by decorating their houses with colorful kiping or rice wafers, crops, fruits, flowers and vegetables. This festival is usually celebrated every 15th of May and the locales would sell the traditional Lucban longgasnisa or the famous Pansit Habhab.

Pahiyas Festival

What to buy

If you’re visiting Lucban for the Pahiyas Festival, you might want to bring home some pasalubong. The longganisa is one of the most popular items bought as pasalubong by tourists. I’m not sure though which brand or which store sells the best longganisa but finding one within Lucban wouldn’t be difficult since a lot of these are displayed on the street sides during the festival.

Pahiyas Festival

Where to go

It may not be a ‘must’ for the non-Catholics but the Lucban Church is one of the most visited areas during the Pahiyas Festival. Since the celebration about giving thanks to San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, before the celebration starts, the locales visit the town’s church to attend the mass. Also, the parades usually begin and end at the church.

Lucban Church

How to get to Lucban, Quezon

The route we took when we went to Lucban was the Lucena-Lucban route. From Cubao, take a bus going to Lucena City. There are also buses in Buendia-Taft which are en route to Lucena City. From Lucena City, take then Lucban bound jeepney. The trip from Manila to Lucban is approximately 3 hours while the Lucena-Lucban trip will take you 30 minutes.

From the jeepney drop-off point in Lucban, explore the town on foot. Most of the streets are closed during the Pahiyas Festival. If not, going within the town on a car would be difficult due to large traffic of people walking on foot.

Kadayawan Festival 2010 Schedule of Activities

I have booked my flight and the schedule is set. See you in Davao this August.

Kadayawan 2010 Schedule of Activities

Engr. Manuel A. Medros 2nd Solo Art Exhibit for Painting
August 11,- September 11, 2010
Venue: Museo Dabawenyo

Agri-Trade Fair
August 13-30, 2010
Venue: SM City
A trade fair participated by farers, plant growers, handicraft producers and manufacturers.

August 16-22, 6-8 PM
Venue: Peoples’ Park
The converging of the Ata Manobo, Ubo Manobo, K’lata, Tagabawa, Matigsalog, Maranao, Maguindanao, Tausug, Sama and Kalagan tribes, celebrating thanksgiving of their oneness with the earth through performances, culinary fiesta and age-old craftsmanship integrated in a program that showcases their strength as diverse peoples of Davao.

Fair Trade Opening
August 16-22, 2010
Venue: Sanguniang Panlungsod Lobby
A bazaar of proudly Davao-made goods produced and manufactured by organizations that encourages entrepreneurship and empowerment participated by the women of Davao City.

Festival Opening
August 20, 2010
Venue: Rizal Park
The official launch of the 25th Kadayawan Festival highlighted by performances of the different tribes of Davao City.

August 20-22, 5:00 PM-2 AM
Venue: Bolton Street (Beside Sanguniang Panlungsod)
An evening street event that features music and food. A street festival, Davao-style.

Hiyas sa Kadayawan
August 20, 2010, 8 PM
Venue: Almendras Gym,
Search for the Kadayawan symbol, the indigenous lass who is knowledgeable of her indigenous culture and wisdom through a pageantry of Mindanaoan myths and legends.

Indak indak sa Kadalanan
August 21. 2010, 8 AM
Venue: Major thoroughfares of the city
The Indak Indak sa Kadalanan or the street dancing parade showcases the different colors, cultures and traditional dances of the different tribes of Davao and Mindanao.

Pamulak Floral Float Parade
August 22, 8 AM
Venue: Major thoroughfares of the city
The grand finale of the Kadayawan Festival, the Pamulak is a mobile display of the blooming of flowers and ripening of fruits in creatively decorated floats on parade, showcasing the abundance of vegetation in the Davao Region.

Quiapo Church, the Basilica of the Black Nazarene

The Basilica of the Black Nazarene, or the Quiapo Church as it is popularly known, houses the large black wooden statue of Christ bearing the cross. The Black Nazarene is believed to have miraculous powers. On Fridays (throughout the year), devotees of the Black Nazarene visit the Quiapo Church to celebrate the novena. Many believes that the Black Nazarene has attributes which can heal illnesses.

The Quiapo Church sits in front of Plaza Miranda, the heart of Quiapo, Manila.

The body of the Black Nazarene brought out of the Quiapo Church during the feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene which is celebrated every 9th of January. The Black Nazarene is displayed in procession to the public in memory of Jesus Christ’s way to Mount Calvary. Devotees who walk with the procession usually walk barefoot.

The photo below shows the interior of the Quiapo Church. Devotees touch the figure of the Black Nazarene in hopes that they will be healed by the Black Nazarene’s miraculous healing powers.