PHILIPPINES: Pahiyas Festival 2015

It is indeed a long over due blog. Nevertheless, I want to share the most colorful festival we experienced! 
My college friends and I drove all the way from Manila to experience the colorful and fun festival in Lucban, Quezon. We just planned to have an overnight stay since we are on a tight budget, and really just wanted to attend and experience the festival.

Me saying hi because I can't look at the camera - I'm too focused! I'm carrying 3 lives, including mine! HAHA!

Believe me! It was the most butt-aching 4 hour drive of my life. Thanks to Waze, we didn't get lost. I'm the type of driver who's really not good with directions so it was a good idea to Waze it all the way. We arrived safely, too! I am with my college friends, Iris and Mary (who is now engaged just this year 2016!! Congratulations!)

We booked the hotel a month before our arrival. We stayed at First Quezon Premier Hotel, Lucena, Quezon. Supposedly,  staying in Lucban, but every hotel and inn were already fully booked. I suggest to book a room 2 to 3 months ahead.

It was a long drive and indeed we were hungry. Thank you so much, Anciel and Boji for the treat. That was a great time with you guys! See you in Manila soon.


 Taking an extra nap while waiting for the rain to stop

We woke up at exactly 4 in the morning, and left the hotel at 5 am. From the hotel to Lucban is a 20-30 minute drive. Parking wasn't really hard to find because we were early. We just parked in front of someone's house.

Reminder: Don't forget where you left your car. Take a picture of your car, and the street where you exactly parked.

One of the country’s biggest, and most colorful harvest festival every May 15th, along with the harvest festivals of the towns of Tayabas, Sariaya, Gumaca and Tiaong. These are the Philippines best known harvest festivals to honor San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Known as the “Pahiyas”, the festival is deeply rooted in the traditional celebration of the townsfolk in thanksgiving for bounty harvest. Decorations called “Kiping”, leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafers which are used to decorate the facades of the homes along with fruits and flowers from nature. -


This pancit earned its moniker from the way that it’s eaten. “Habhab” is the term that Lucban inhabitants use to refer to the practice of placing their famed pancit (made of miki noodles sautéed with pork meat, liver, shrimp, and vegetables as well as a dash of cane vinegar) on a banana leaf, and then maneuvering the leaf to dump the pancit straight into one’s mouth.


No need for utensils, just eat it straight from the banana leaf!

The delicious....boy? NO! The Yema Cake, of course!

Grab your favorite longganisa at abcede's Lucban longganisa! Best paired with sinangag and fried egg! 


Kamay ni Hesus is on the way going back to Lucena. Why not drop by, and climb up to the cross to give thanks for all the blessings and ask for a safe trip going back to Manila.


I don't how'd we get so crazy after the long tiring day!

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© Monica Peralta


  1. So colorful and interesting! My lola is from Quezon, but I have never tried to join this festival! This entry made me want to go!

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    2. Tell me if you wanna come next year. I'm willing to be your driver/tour guide for FREE! <3