Today, May 15, is the feast of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of many Catholic communities in the Philippines and no doubt, a lot of fiestas are currently being held in his honor. It is however the annual celebrations in the town of Lucban, in the province of Quezon, which has gained renown for having the biggest and most colorful fiestas on this particular feast day. This is the called the “Pahiyas”, where every year, houses lining the parade route are decorated with the freshest harvest of vegetables and other crops.
I had the chance to visit, witness and experience the Pahiyas back in 2010. Here’s a slideshow of pictures I took on that day. Continue reading →
PRIOR to resurrecting my blog I thought I’d just give a quick rundown of what has transpired in that one year since I stopped posting new entries. My last entry was on the two volcanoes I visited. After that, I went to…
THE PAHIYAS FESTIVAL
a typical housefront during Pahiyas
This is a popular festival held in the town of Lucban in Quezon Province held every year in mid-May in honor of the town’s patron saint, San Isidro. I joined TF with this trip and left Manila at around 5am. Due to the traffic, we got to arrive at Lucban at just about past lunch time. It’s a good thing we still got to see the entirety of the parade. As expected, tourists trooped to this town in vast legions. I’d love to visit the town again when it’s free of the crowds. Continue reading →