Pahiyas and Kamay ni Hesus, Lucban Quezon Philippines

Pahiyas, May 15, 2009

It’s my second time to visit Quezon. The first time was when I was just 22 years old. I was then working for Bingo Bonanza Corporation and I needed to visit our branch in SM Lucena to set-up their new batch of computers.

The second time was to witness a feast at Lucban called Pahiyas. The Pahiyas festival in Lucban Quezon is celebrated every May 15th in honor of St. Isidro Labrador. The date is fixed and this year, it fell on a Friday. Saint Isidro is known as the Catholic patron saint of farmers that is why the feast is not only celebrated in Lucban but also all around Laguna during Harvest season. Coincidentally, Pahiyas celebration is within the rainy season.

I’m very excited to experience the festivities. I was with my officemate Edz and we decided to commute to Quezon. We rode a bus at Buendia but I forgot how much we paid for the ride from Manila to Lucena. After 3 hours we’ve reached SM City Lucena and after of scrunching in, a bus Edz and I are ready to stretch our legs again. We just walked from SM to Ed’z aunt’s house. Ed’z relatives gave us a heart-warming welcome which I am very thankful for. Before taking off to our final destination we ate our breakfast to get energized and ready for the festival.

We took a Van going to Lucban. We were in it with some friends of Edz’s aunt and it made me feel uncomfortable at first but because Edz is with me I became at ease after a while. After an hour of traveling, we’ve reached Lucban and saw a lot of decorations in each house. To fully enjoy it you will have to walk by every house and take a picture of each one. Upon questioning the town folks, I found out that they decorate their houses because of 2 reasons: For the town feast and for the yearly decoration contest.

After going around town to check all the decorated houses and taking some pictures, Edz and I decided to eat pancit lucban (they called it “pancit habhab”) at the famous Lucban restaurant “Buddy’s”.

After the sumptuous meal, we bought some “pasalubong” and rested for a while. Once we’ve regained our strength we decided to go to another place called “Kamay ni Hesus”, also found Lucban. The shrine of Kamay ni Hesus is located on the slopes of Mt. Banahaw, Barangay Tinamnan, Lucban, Quezon. The church celebrates healing masses every day at 10 am. On this site is a 292-steps hill with life-sized figures depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross, and on top of it is a 50-foot statue of Jesus Christ that is said to be the third biggest in the world.

It was very hot at the time but because we wanted to reach the top of the hill we did not hesitate to climb up and alas, succeeded.

After almost one day of walking and going up and down the hill, we’ve decided to go back to Edz aunt’s house to pack our things before going home. After which Edz accompanied me to the bus terminal at SM City Lucena and I went on my way home. I’ve had a wonderful trip and I will not hesitate to do it again next year.

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Photos "Pahiyas"

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