2011 PAHIYAS FESTIVAL Php 1688/pax


Php 1,688.00 per pax
Reservation is open until May 14(Limited Slot Only)

WHEN: May 15, 2011 (Sunday)

Van Capacity: 16 Seater Nissan Urvan/Toyota Commuter/Toyota Hi-Ace


* Roundtrip Van Transfer (Edsa Boni-Lucban-Edsa Boni)
* Tour to Pahiyas Festival
* Toll fees


4:00 AM Assembly in Robinson Edsa Pioneer Mandaluyong
4:30 AM Depart Manila to Lucban
9:00 AM Arrival in Quezon (Tour Starts)
11:30 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Watch Pahiyas Festival
4:30 PM Departure from Lucban to Manila

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Pahiyas Festival is a colorful feast celebrated every 15th of May by the people of Lucban, Quezon in honor of San Isidro Labrador. It is the farmers' thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest with a grand display of colorful rice wafers, fruits, vegetables, and handicrafts adorning every house in the town.

The highlight of the festival is a procession along the streets of the image of San Isidro Labrador, to ensure the people's bountiful harvest in the coming seasons. The procession features a pair of giant papier mâché figures of a farmer and his wife. This is followed by the image of the patron saint and his wife Sta. Maria de la Cabeza, who carries a basket with triangulo biscuits, which are given to the children during the procession. This culminates with generous sharing of food among the townspeople.

All the locals' houses are decorated with agricultural harvest (fruits, vegetables, rice grains, rice stalks, flowers, and ferns) and colorful rice wafers, called kiping. These thin wafers made from rice dough are usually arranged into two or three layers of chandeliers called aranya. The locals use different kinds of leaves to add flavor and color to the kiping. They also produce varieties of tastes and textures by using different ingredients such as kabal, coffee, talisay (umbrella tree), cocoa, and banaba leaves.

Each house tries to outdo each other in decorations in an annual competition as they vie for the honor of being recognized for their creativity. After the competition is over and the awards are handed over to the owners of the winning house, the decorations of the house will be thrown away to the huge flock of people as free treats. For the other houses, after the festival, those kipings that were used as decorations are cooked and eaten as rice chips. Also during the festival, the people display their harvest in front of their homes so that the parish priest can bless them as the procession passes by.

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