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Pahiyas Festival – May 15, 2019



One of the most colourful festivals in the Philippines is the Pahiyas Festival. Held every 15th of May, the festivities honor the farmers’ patron saint, San Isidro Labrador for the bountiful harvest bestowed upon the land. Houses in and around the community are intricately designed by flowers, fruits, vegetables, handicrafts, and the “kiping” or rice wafers, which are usually shaped as leaves, to punctuate the accent.

The Municipality of Lucban is also called “The Art Capital of Quezon.” Although the Pahiyas Festival is reserved as its centrepiece, Lucban has been a destination of both local and foreign tourists. Other popular places to visit in Lucban is the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Shrine, the San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish Church (also known as Lucban Church), Mount Banahaw, Kalbaryo Hill, and the Marcos Tigla Park.
San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish Church
But of course, do not forget to satisfy your taste buds. Lucban is home to many food delicacies like the famous Pancit Habhab or Pancit Lucban, the longganisa (local chorizo), and rice wafers.

Kamay ni Hesus Healing Shrine
Getting to Lucban is easy.

Private Transport via Manila to Lucban. It is safest and fastest to take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) going to Calamba Exit.  You will need to pass through several towns of Calamba, Laguna (from Los Baños to Luisiana) to reach Lucban (which is the first town of Quezon). Approximate travel time from Manila to Lucban is between 1.5 hours to 2 hours, depending on land traffic and/or time of travel (day/night).

Public Transport via Manila-Sta.Cruz-Lucban. You may choose to ride any of the bus lines that travels to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Such buses can be found along Cubao-EDSA or EDSA-Taft Avenue bus terminals. Upon arriving in Sta. Cruz, head for the jeepney terminal that will bring you straight to Lucban. Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Public Transport via Manila-Calamba-Lucban. You choose this route if you prefer travelling with a small group. Just take the buses going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Drop-off at SM Calamba (ShoeMart Mall at Calamba). There will be passenger vans located in the nearby parking areas that goes directly to Lucban.

Public Transport via Manila-Lucena-Lucban. Take buses having regular routes to Lucena City. Travel time is approximately 2 hours. The bus terminals can be found along Cubao-EDSA, EDSA-Kamuning, EDSA-Buendia Taft Avenue, and EDSA-Pasay. After arriving at the Lucena Grand Central Terminal, take a jeepney to Lucban, which is around 45-minutes ride depending on the traffic and time of travel.



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