The original plan was to go as early as we can to Lucban, Quezon. That way, we can see the whole procession/parade and take pictures while minimizing our exposure under the scorching summer sun. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be.
A minor accident along a two-lane road was all that we needed to get stuck in the same place for almost two hours. We left Manila past midnight and we arrived at 8 am in the morning. It was supposed to be just a 4-hour trip. But hey, we still made it.
Just a bit of background information. Pahiyas Festival is basically a way for the townsfolks of Lucban to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. It’s also to honor the patron saint of the farmers, San Isidro Labrador. During this time, most houses are decorated by fruits, vegetables, grains, flowers, bread, and of course, kiping–multi-colored rice paste wafers.
Flowers made from kiping.
There were a lot of people that day. And from what I’ve observed, they came from different places, too.
Girl scouts reporting for duty!
Props to these guys. It wasn’t easy to entertain people when you feel like you’re being grilled because of the heat.
Probably the coolest dude there.
I was kind of disappointed with myself. I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures. Maybe it’s because of the unforgiving heat or the lack of sleep that made me lazy.
San Isidro De Labrador Parish Church
We also went to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine (Hand of Jesus Shrine), which is one trike ride away. It’s a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics. There was a hill there where you can find a giant statue of Jesus Christ. But to get there, you have to climb the 290+ (according to other blog sites) stairs. I got curious. I wanted to know if the view from there is any good, so we climbed it. However, once we reached the top, we were already too exhausted. In the end, the only photo I got from there was the one below.