Thursday, June 30, 2016

Our Little Popy's Jampacked 5-day Vacation: Day 2 at Lucban's Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon happens every 15th of May in honor of San Isidro Labrador, Patron Saint of Farmers.

It's supposedly a showcase of the families' harvest, although I'm not sure anymore if that's still what they do.

Having been a resident of the neighboring Tayabas City for eight years, Pahiyas Festival was not new to the Nada Family, but it was for Popy, Gab, and my sister's boyfriend.

We checked in a boarding house from the 14th. We occupied a room with three double decks. Popy and I shared one. Gab stayed on the upper bunk. The room was warm despite Lucban's cool weather outside. Sigh.

I'm a great planner in trips. I kept telling my parents to book ahead, but we don't seem to be in the same page. The nearby hotels and even the ones in our hometown had been booked way way way back.

We got up early on the 15th and had breakfast in a small restaurant called Pizza Veloce right in front of the Southern Luzon State University. The staff who called us from the street was so entertaining, he convinced us to eat there.

Image courtesy of Pizza Veloce
We all ordered the breakfast set, and we were all full. I wasn't able to take photos of the food. I find that I'm always unable to do this because I'm always always too hungry (even after eating) to do so.

It was a good less than a kilometer walk to G. Cadelina St. where the festive houses start. Mind you, when it's Pahiyas, a long stretch of road is closed to private cars. So we opted to rent a room in Lucban itself and even that took sometime to get to the town proper. Even if you do get to drive into the city, there are no parking spaces. Lucban's streets are narrow, just enough for two lanes (one for each direction). It's advisable to book hotels in advance because they get fully-booked early on.

The traffic, again, was so bad. My sister and her boyfriend went ahead of us to Manila, and the travel from Lucban to Tayabas (which was normally 30-40min) took them 3 hours. 3 hours! Beware! I think, the fact that it was a weekend added to the traffic.

It's a bit hot that morning. Thanks to babywearing, by the way. Khale slept 75% of the entire walk. It was a great thing that there were 6 adults in the group. When he became wiggly and irritated while worn,  Gab and Papa took turns in carrying him.

Another good thing about the festival is that you can go inside the houses and their displays to have your photo taken. And the greatest thing is that people invite you to eat, even when they're not part of the route. I love how they're so hospitable.

Here's our photowalk:




















It will probably be a different trip next year. We're looking forward to it. :)

If you haven't seen Day 1 yet, click here. :) Days 3-5 are coming up soon.

19 comments:

  1. Jampacked pa rin ba? Haven't been back there for a looong time now! Hope one day, I can join Pahiyas again. :)

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  2. Hi mommy! I'd love to bring my kids at the pahiyas when they're bigger. My province is in Liliw and it's just an hour drive to go there. Are there kid friendly hotels and activities in Lucban?

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  3. OMG for the traffic! Parang Manila lang. Lol. Very colorful photos you have. I've never been to Pahiyas Festival ever.. Your photos makes me wanna go next time.

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  4. I love Lucban! The last time I was there, we ate this lugaw-lechon in the evening. We walked along the streets afterwards, and it's like we went back to the past. The last time I attended a Pahiyas Festival, I was very young. I remember eating something that looks like a capiz shell that tastes like pinipig. Hay, memories. :)

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  5. I'm sure you had a great time! I can relate to forgetting to take pictures while travelling. Sometimes all you can think of is digging in to delicious food!

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  6. I only get to see those in photos or on TV. I wish to actually witness such a colorful festival in the future. It must have been a great experience!

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  7. Food is so affordable in the province!

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  8. I've yet to attend a Pahiyas Festival! I feel embarrassed as a Pinoy haha. I want to bring my kids to such an event one day too. Love your photowalk by the way, but I can see that it must have been quite hot that day. Thank you for taking us on your trip with you! :)

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  9. I haven't been to Quezon yet but I've heard so much about the pahiyas festival. I think we will visit when my son grows a bit older. :)

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  10. Never attended Pahiyas. Mukhang ang saya!

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  11. Yay! I have a former officemate and roommamte living from Lucban and they are really gifted when it comes to cooking delicious food! I miss their hardinera. It's one of a kind. Whenever she goes home kasi and comes back to Manila, may dala syang pasalubong. Either yema cake, hardinera or longganisang lucban. Sayang hindi pa natutuloy ang plano namin before na isasama nya ako sa Pahiyas Festival nila. Hehe :)

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  12. Ay parang mahirap pala magdala ng small kids to Pahiyas festival, hihi. But maybe we can try when the youngest is older and bigger. So are there rooms to rent in the town proper itself?

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  13. Havent been to any pahiyas celebration. I bet its fun and the food is just overflowing. Glad the little man is enjoying as well.

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  14. The breakfast and lunch set menu from Pizza Veloce looks appetizing! I've never been to Lucban but the festivity looks fun. 😀

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  15. I've never been to Lucban nor the Pahiyas. I wish I could visit and attend in the future, it looks nice!

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  16. I've been wanting to go to Quezon because of this festival for the longest time. I hope next time with my family. Looks like a really fun experience.

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  17. I've never been to Pahiyas Festival, sana soon maka join din kami.

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  18. ive never been but ive always wanted to, now even more!

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  19. I;ve always wanted to attend the Pahiyas Festival, but my husband is not a fan of festivals in general. Maybe someday :)) Great pictures, by the way :)

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