Posted on March 10th, 2017 No comments
The Pahiyas Festival, or officially known as the Lucban San Isidro Pahiyas Festival happens only once a year, every May 15. Regardless of the day it falls, be it a weekend or a Monday, the celebration must go on as it is Catholic feast of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers.
There are lots of events happening prior to the festival day itself – concerts, singing and dancing competition, street dancing, beauty pageant and other cultural events. But as many people asks, “do we see the decorated houses before May 15”? The answer is a BIG NO! The culmination of the festivities happen only in just one and only one day – on May 15 and that’s where all the houses are decorated with colorful kiping and farm produce, when all the grand activities happen, from morning till about midnight or early dawn. So it’s worth following our tips (which we arranged chronologically from morning till night) so you can have a memorable and wonderful experience of the Pahiyas, the country’s most colorful harvest festival!
When is the best time to be in Lucban?
If you want to catch the festival mass, you should be in Lucban before it starts at 6:00 am. For those coming from Manila by bus or car, travel time is about 2.5-4 hours so better leave early at around 2-3am. The shorter and common route is the Calamba-Pagsanjan route if you are coming from the south but you will pass a 30-minute zigzag road from Pagsanjan to Luisiana in Laguna. A longer but a bit safer route is through the San Pablo-Lucena route, from 3-4 hours. The shortest and most scenic route however, but somehow treacherous due its zigzag and steep ravine, is via Antipolo-Laguna route, a mere 1-2 hour drive. The procession of the image of San Isidro follows after the mass.
When is the best time to take photos?
The colors of the Pahiyas makes even a non-photographer gaze in awe! The best time to take photos? Between 5-6 or 7am when there are less people on the streets to block the view of the houses and the sun is just starting to shine, rendering a subtle but ample lighting to your every shot.
When is the best time to shop at the Tiyangge?
After a stroll and picture taking of Pahiyas houses, head to the town center for souvenirs, delicacies, plants and other mementos that will give you memories of the Pahiyas. Bring your own disposable or reusable bags or eco-bag to put your purchases as plastic bags are not allowed in Lucban anymore. Or you can buy native bags or “bayong” (but in Lucban it is called “balulang”).
When (and where) is the best time to eat for lunch or snack?
Restaurants abound at the center of Lucban but expect long lines of diners. There are also kiosks and make-shift stands that sells snacks and drinks along the streets. Try the famous pansit hab-hab or pansit Lucban served in banana leaves and is called “hab-hab” because of the manner of eating it directly to your mouth, without using any utensils. For lunch, there is the Lucban langgonisa, hardinera, embotido and desserts of broas and tikoy. This is also the best time to rest.
When (and where) is the best time to watch the grand parade?
The Pahiyas Grand Parade starts at about 2pm from the church patio. After resting, head to the Roman Catholic Church for a photo-op with participants before the parade. You can also catch them along the streets of the Pahiyas but the best is within the vicinity of the church and along Lopez Jaena, Gen. Lukban, La Purisima Concepcion and near the Lucban Public Market where the parade is still in good formation, the participants are still in their best attire and aura, and tourists don’t block the parade to take selfies and photographs.
When is the best time to leave for home? (if you will take public transportation)
Jeepneys and vans are stationed outside of Lucban. Take a tricycle that will take you there (Lucena-side or Laguna-side) by 5pm before hordes of visitor race to take a ride home.
And if you will stay for the night, catch the Pahiyas houses at around 7-8pm when they are lighted and equally attractive when seen during the day. Or you can watch the concert of known bands and artists from Manila at the town center or stroll along the streets with friends and families.
Posted on December 11th, 2015 No comments
Pahiyas Festival, the Philippines most colorful harvest festival will be happening on May 15, 2016, on a Sunday.
A Sunday? Yes, a weekend where everybody is off from work and school! Pahiyas on a Sunday happens only every 5 or 6 years so grab the chance now to witness row and row of houses adorned with colorful kiping, fruits and vegetables. Shop till you drop for souvenirs like native hats and bags at the Tiyangge. And never miss to savor the native delicacies Lucban is known for such as lucban longganisa and pansit habhab.
For a hassle-free tour of the Pahiyas, join our Pahiyas Day Tour 2016. Now on our 8th year, you can book until Dec 31, 2015 for only Php 999 instead of Php 1,499 (a Php500 discount!). Visit http://tours.pahiyasfestival.com for itineraries, photos and other details.
Posted on February 18th, 2015 No comments
The Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church is a vast complex of lifesize statues of saints depicting different biblical scenes. There is the Garden of Eden featuring Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark and the animal statues, Luklukan ni Maria with all the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and the different saints scattered all over the sanctuary.
The main attraction at the Kamay ni Hesus is the Grotto of Healing and Purification where the Stations of the Cross are depicted in a hill. To reach the top, one has to climb more than 300 steps where a 50-ft statue of the Risen Jesus Christ, presumably the 3rd largest in the world stands tall with stretched arms as if welcoming the faithful. The view of the top is likewise exhilirating with the birds eyeview of the town of Lucban.
The visit to Kamay ni Hesus is not complete without saying a prayer at the church with an imposing altar and mural.
Why the sidetrip is not in Laguna or elsewhere?
Other Pahiyas tour package will take you the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan or the slipper makers in Liliw, both in Laguna. Though both towns are being passed on the way to Lucban, too much time may be wasted as travellers will be caught in traffic, missing some events in the morning.
The Underground cemetery or Liliw can be visited anytime of the year but the Pahiyas Festival is worth visiting as it happens only once a year. For some, one day alone is not enough to explore and wonder at the colors and beauty that only the Pahiyas can offer.
Posted on February 13th, 2015 No comments
The Pahiyas Festival is almost here, with less than 3 months to go. This year’s celebration will be more exciting and livelier as it falls on a Friday. So don’t miss the festivities. Join the Pahiyas Day Tour 2015 for a convenient way to experience the sights, food and shopping at the Pahiyas, one of the countries colorful festivals.
Join the fun and save more through our Early Bird Promo which will last until February 28, 2015 only. Pay only Php1275 instead of the regular Php1500, a savings of Php 225 for the regular seat. Aisle seats are also discounted at Php1105 (against regular rate of Php1300).
For more details and reservation, visit the Pahiyas Day Tour 2015 page.
Posted on February 25th, 2014 No comments
The Pahiyas Festival is almost here, with less than 3 months to go. This year’s celebration will be the first for the new mayor of Lucban which promised to be more exciting and livelier.
So don’t miss the festivities. Join the Pahiyas Day Tour 2014 for a convenient way to experience the sights, food and shopping at the Pahiyas, one of the countries colorful festivals.
Join the fun and save more through our Early Bird Promo which will last until February 28, 2014 only. Pay only Php1275 instead of the regular Php1500, a savings of Php 225 for the regular seat. Aisle seats are also discounted at Php1105 (against regular rate of Php1300).
For more details and reservation, visit the Pahiyas Day Tour 2014 page.