Friday, May 21, 2010

Pahiyas 2010

We endured a grueling 7 hour bus ride on our way to Lucban, Quezon. The traffic was most likely caused by the huge fire along Alabang that morning. Aside from that we saw 3 car accidents and a couple of stalled vehicles along the highway! In a way we felt relieved that we decided to join a tour group instead of taking our car all the way to Lucban.
Hallelujah! Praise the lord! We are here! I think it's funny that this was my first picture upon arrival.
The fiesta was in full swing that hot Saturday afternoon. We decided to skip the parade first and go around to see the decorated houses.
The Pahiyas festival is celebrated every May 15 in Lucban, Quezon to honor St. Isodore the Laborer (San Isidro Labrador) and to thank him for a bountiful harvest. I'm not sure if there was a good harvest this year though considering that there is a drought.
The houses are deorated with all sorts of plants, vegetables, fruits and kiping. "Kiping is a brightly-colored, leaf-shaped wafer made of rice paste and used as decoration." (wiki pilipinas)
Lots of people on the road! Are you in the crowd? :)
San Isidro Labrador
I wonder if they eat the Vegetables after the festival.
Eeps! Look at those powerlines!
House of Kamote! P20 a kilo
Yay! We caught the parade... well, just a part of it.
Some of the things for sale on the sidewalks. Quail eggs + yema, cute handmade dolls, woven products and yummy sweets
Kiping is actually edible. I saw this stall where they were selling it deep fried and sprinkled with sugar for P10 a cup. Looks deadly with all that oil :)
A healthier option: grilled kiping!
Yummy mini cakes!
Pansit Habhab! Best eaten with vinegar and without a fork! :D
We went inide a small cafe to escape the heat and to eat Pansit Habhab. I cheated though because I used a fork! Haha.
Pandemonium inside the Longanisa shop.
Famous Longanisang Lucban! P70 a dozen (small) and P140 a dozen (big)
Long walk going back to our bus.
Meow. Cat is not impressed. Hehe!


  1. longanisang a sausage??

  2. ohhhh I would love to visit Philippines someday, the festivals are awesome.

  3. I wanted to go but hubby was busy that day.

    Looks like a lot of people went to the Pahiyas.

    Thanks for sharing those lovely and colorful photos.

  4. @ohmywtf - yes, i guess you can say that it's a kind of sausage :)

    @Jiashinlee - you should come here soon :)

    @Rachel - Thanks! It was super traffic and hot but it was worth the trip :)

  5. Great pictures especially the colorful sweet cracklings. :) Serves my sweet tooth well. :)

    And the sausage! It is like a week's supply hehe. :)

    Have a great day!

  6. looks like you got here earlier than i did. never got the chance to try the fried kiping, the bbq'd though tastes like lechon's skin (without the guilt).

    ...unfortunately we ran out of longganisa :(



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