Up next in my Philippine Festival Series is (let’s hear it, Quezon!) Pahiyas Festival! I know, I know, I’m ever so
slightly embarrassingly late as the celebration happened a month ago, May 15 to be exact. But it would be more shameful if the hometown of my parents and the most kick-ass festival in the country (hmm… yes, I’m biased!) is completely left behind, so let’s forgive and forget how crazy my schedule was and enjoy my humble piece of art…
My photo inspiration. [Source]
[From Wikipedia] “Lucban,Quezon celebrates the Pahiyas Festival every 15 May in honour of the patron saint of farmers, St Isidore the Labourer. This festival showcases a street of houses which are adorned with fruits, vegetables, agricultural products, handicrafts and kiping, a rice-made decoration, which afterwards can be eaten grilled or fried. The houses are judged and the best one is proclaimed the winner. Every year, tourists roam the municipality to witness the decoration of houses.”
Consider this a huge head start for when you’re planning a 3-hour joy ride from Manila to Quezon, Province next year and witness entire houses decorated with kiping (colorful rice wafers) in flesh – where you can also grill and fry the same decors afterwards. ☺ Quezon also has a lot to offer for the artsy-fartsy souls and the gastronomic food enthusiasts: old churches, heritage houses, Kamay ni Hesus, Pancit Habhab, Budin, Longanisa and… up for a challenge? then try our version of Lambanog. See you!