The town of Lucban, in the Quezon region, located about 120 kilometers south-est of Manila, hosts every year, on the 15th of May, the Pahiyas Festival.
Pahiyas takes the name from the word “hiyas“, that means “jewel“, and it’s known as the most colorful festival in the Philippines. The core of this festival is to celebrate an abundant harvest.
The Pahiyas Festival is held in honour of San Isidro Labrador, the Patron Saint of farmers all over the country.
The main characteristic of Pahiyas is given by the colorful decorations of the houses,, decorations made by rice wafers, often shaped as leaves (these decorations are called kiping). Other common elements of the decorations are flowers, fruit and agricultural products.
This festival is a unique opportunity for tourists to dive in the culture of locals, while enjoying a beautiful holiday.
These are the main activities of the festival:
- Holy Mass: it’s the official opening of the festival. At 6 AM is held the Holy Mass, celebrated in honour of the Patron Saint.
- San Isidro Labrador Procession: after the Holy Mass, people joins the procession along the Pahiyas Route (which is different every year).
- Timpalak Pahiyas: is the competition for the most beautiful house decorations.
- Gran Parade: at 2 PM there is the Gran Parade, with carabaos, musical bands and street dancers.
- Timpalak Pahiyas Kutitap: from 6 PM the city is cheered by lighting effects, fireworks and musical performances.
As said above, the festival is held on the 15th of May, but even the day before tourists and local can enjoy a preview of the house decorations that will be voted the day after.
If you want to partecipate to this festival, we can arrange the transfer from Manila (and back) and a guided visit to the event.