Continuous rains did not hamper workers in constructing bamboo arches in preparation for the coming Lucban San Isidro Pahiyas Festival. These bamboo arches, to be placed strategically in all entry points going to Lucban will welcome the flock of tourists arriving for the festival. Smaller arches will also be erected in entrances to the trade fair or tiyangge.

Lucban businesses joining the tiyangge have also started to put up selling booths in time for the opening of the tiyangge on Friday, May 8. Plants, foods, handicrafts and novelty items will be on sale until May 17, 2009.

In the past tiyangge, only legitimate businesses by Lucbanins selling products made only in Lucban are permitted to join the tiyangge. But for some reasons, businesses and products from other towns and places were allowed to participate in what should be the only event that showcases and focuses on all things Lucban.

Some houses along the procession route of San Isidro are also starting to spruce up their facade. And they have all the reasons to prepare the Pahiyas decorations this early as the grand prize for this year’s Gawad Pahiyas, is a whooping Php 100,000 – the biggest pot so far in the history of the festival.

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