07 June 2011

Pahiyas Festival 2009

San Isidro, Lucban, Quezon

This has to be one of the most colorful festivals in the Philippines. It is the farmers' thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest with a grand display of colorful rice wafers, fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts adorning every house in the town. Each house tries to outdo each other in decorations in an annual competition as they vie for the honor of being recognized for their creativity. After the competition is over and the awards are handed over to the owners of the winning house, the decorations of the house will be thrown away to the huge flock of people as free treats. For the other houses, after the festival, those kipings that were used as decorations are cooked and eaten as rice chips.

We took lots of pictures, gate crashing into houses just to get the perfect shot. The hospitality of every homeowner was awesome. Even when there is a family reunion going on, if you ask permission to get to their upstairs room or veranda just to peek out for your friend to take a picture of you with the house design, you will be gladly welcomed. They won't mind! Haha!
 We ate the famous pansit hab-hab

Watched the parade of Carabaos, and men and women dressed in gowns and suits made of native materials

While you're in Lucban, you may as well try Salud's Halo-halo and buy Lucban Longaniza.

Before we went to the Pahiyas Festival, we made a few stop-overs. We went to Liliw, Laguna, where there's a street filled with shoe stores at affordable prices.
And we also went to eat in Palaisdaan. I can't recall the exact set of menu we ordered, but i do remember the mango salad.