Monday, May 22, 2017

The Pahiyas Experience

   I've  been to Lucban twice already. But only on this third visit I get to see the Pahiyas Festival  in this famous town of Quezon Province. My past trips to Lucban were on a motorcycle and I went with a different rider group on each trip. This time, after 9 or 10 years, I  went back to Lucban with just one companion - my friend Sharon on her custom motorcycle that she calls Muffin  = )

    I met Sharon through a motorcycle club of which we are members and we did a lot of out of town rides with the group (Mga Independent Bikers) from 2002 to 2007. After a long hiatus, both of us are trying to get back  into doing long rides outside Manila (She already had a head start, actually hehe).
   Well now that I have a new helmet, new motorcycle battery, boots, a backpack to match my bike,  a powerbank for my iPad mini, and a selfie stick,  all I need now is a destination.

    And the Pahiyas in Lucban is just a perfect start!  Luckily Sharon and I are both available to go riding on a Monday. The Pahiyas Festival always take place on the 15th of May, regardless of what day it falls.

    So we met around 6 PM in Alabang and took the National Highway to get to Calamba (because our bikes are sub 400 engines). We took a break and some pictures in Liliw, then reached Lucban around 9 AM.

   Here are some pictures I took as we roamed the streets of Lucban during this beautiful day:

    Pahiyas means "precious offering" in Filipino and it's the day when this agricultural town celebrate harvest day in honor of  St. Isidore the Laborer (San Isidro Labrador). On this occasion houses are decorated with vegetables, fruits, grains, and colorful leaf-shaped wafers made of rice.
    Prizes are awarded to houses that wows the most. Makes me imagine how I would design one if given a chance.