Lucban Pahiyas Harvest Festival 2011

          

    It was a beautiful, breezy and sunny day that saw Lucban town in Quezon Province celebrate it’s annual San Isidro Pahiyas Festival this year. I had tagged along with Kikoy and JR, together with their moms to be part of one of the Philippines’ most popular and colorful celebrations. The drive (Kikoy’s perfect break-in excuse for  his new Montero, lol.) was about 4 hours max and we got into town at about 6:30 am just in time for a filling breakfast of eggs and the famous Lucban longanissa before we headed out and walked around.

How to make Lucban Longganisa

    But it’s not just all about the Longganisa. There are so many good eats unique to Lucban. There’s the pancit habhab that you eat straight off a banana leaf packet. And then, there’s the Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza from Ground Zero. I was a bit skeptical when Kikoy and JR told me about it, but was undeniably convinced on first bite. I won’t try to convince you though. You’ll have to find out for yourself. lol! And that won’t be too easy to do considering how far Lucban is.

    From what I could remember from gradeschool lessons, Pahiyas was originally a pagan ritual for good harvest. Presently, it has evolved into a spectacular festival complete with a parade, local celebrity presence, droves of revelers and an amazing assortment of local merchandise for sale. The locals have continued the tradition of invoking good harvest  by honoring the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro Labrador.

Clockwise from top right: 1: Even rabbits were for sale 2:A little boy oversees the selling of "kakanin" 3: right after lunch, most stalls selling longganisa ran out of stocks 4:Great steals: Export quality native goods 5: Arts and crafts aplenty 6: Chicken Skin Cravings = Cholesterol

Pahiyas Festival is always celebrated on the 15th of May. Yesterday capped off the week-long festivities which had transformed this otherwise quiet, farming town into a tourist attraction with bursts of colors everywhere. Each house on the parade route attempted to outshine each other by decking out their homes with vegetables and fruits and kiping (made of rice paste and food coloring, shaped after a leaf). Kamikaze was slated to play during the closing ceremonies in the evening although I was not able to see it having left earlier in the afternoon for a short sidetrip to Liliw, Laguna to go shoe shopping.

Kiping are sheets of rice paste patterned after a leaf, colored with food coloring and baked to just the right stiffness. A common Pahiyas decor has them put together to make a chandelier

We started strolling about the streets right after breakfast while the mob wasn’t yet very daunting and found many great buys and souvenirs to take home. We took to the streets all day except for a halo-halo stop and delightful lunch at JR’s sister’s home.
    I didn’t mind the midday sun’s heat the entire time we were walking about. Nor did I mind the throng of people on the streets. It was a pleasure to have been a part of this annual event, slightly reminiscent of my hometown’s Sinulog. Too soon we had to make our way back since we were making a quick stop at Liliw, Laguna to check out the shoe shops. I was too tired to take pictures and to go through the rest of the stores (although I was still able to snag a pair of adorable, red, canvas maryjanes) and shortly rightafter, we were bound for home.

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