Pahiyas 2017

Every of  15th of May, the Municipality of Lucban in the province of Quezon is celebrating their annual Pahiyas Festival in honor to San Isidro Labrador, the Patron Saint for farmers. The Pahiyas Festival is the most popular harvest festival in the Philippines. It attracts both local and foreign tourists because of its colorful decorations that they use to cover their homes and other establishments.

San Mig Food Ave once again invited bloggers to travel to Lucban,to take part in the celebration of Pahiyas Festival. It excites me to be a part of this trip because:

1. It is a trip with my co-Blogapalooza bloggers and San Mig Food Ave.
2. A time for me to know more the culture and be immersed with the traditions of  the Pahiyas festival.
3. It is going to be another adventure for the books - since I have not really explored this area from the south of Manila.

We started our journey by meeting up in San Mig Food Ave, in Petron, Sierra Madre, Mandaluyong City at 4:00 o'clock in the morning. Bloggers started to arrive and prepare all our stuff for our departure. A trip to the southern part of Manila is quite long, so a stopover to the nearest San Mig Food Ave branch in SLEX is a great thing for us to grab some snacks.

Blogapalooza Bloggers | (L-R)  Cham Tanteras, Louie Denver Carmen, Jean Dalida, Dan Punzalan, Pocholo Mendoza, Klyde Jarabelo, Patricia Villegas, Maddie Cruz, Ira Denise Oyco and Chessica Mirasol (not in photo)
It's my first time to witness Pahiyas Festival, the Festival is a thanksgiving on a bountiful harvest, that's why you’ll find that the displays are all colorful and made up of fruits, vegetables, and other handicrafts. They are really showing great creativity and exemplifying their skill in crafting such wonderful designs. It's really amazing! It really captures the attention of whoever is passing by these homes.

Decorations called “Kiping”, leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafers which are used to decorate the facades of the homes along with fruits and flowers from nature. The visual and culinary feast has gained national and international recognition. 

We also paid a visit to The San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish Church (also Saint Louis of Toulouse Parish Church), commonly known as the Lucban Church. A Roman Catholic parish church located in Lucban, Quezon, Philippines under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucena.

Lucban Church
Of course, a trip to Lucban Quezon won't be complete if you have not tried eating the famous Pancit Lucban or commonly known as the Pancit "habhab". Also, taste the flavors of Lucban – Lucban langgonisa, tikoy, broas and other delicacies that will let you crave for more!

Pansit Lucban aka "Habhab"
Since it's a hot sunny day, we kept ourselves cool and refreshed with these childhood favorites that really brings back the kid in you.

fruit ice candies
Aside from their delicious street foods, you can also see a lot of things that are perfect for pasalubongs to your friends and family back in Manila that costs really cheap. What a treat!

The whole town of Lucban really looks great and very festive with all its decorations. And you can really see that people are putting so much effort to this community affair. They made sure that the visitors will surely be getting what they came for. The people are so welcoming and very warm to its guests.

Bloggers Ira and Jean showing off their beautiful straw hats

What im wearing: Shirt from TOPMAN, eyewear from SUNNIES by Charlie, Hoodie from Wordpress

San Mig Food Ave really knows how to make travels worthwhile. Thanks to Miss Kat and the rest of the San Mig Food Ave team together with Blogapalooza for letting us experience this one of a kind journey. 'Til the next destination. Can't wait!

Blogapalooza Bloggers | Cham TanterasLouie Denver CarmenJean DalidaDan PunzalanPocholo MendozaKlyde JarabeloPatricia VillegasMaddie CruzIra Denise Oyco and Chessica Mirasol

But wait, there's more! Before we head back to Manila, we had a stop-over in Laguna where we had our pansit and halo-halo fix! It's really really delicious, so go check 'em out, and try it yourself! hehe

Here's a short video of our awesome journey to Pahiyas Festival 2017. Enoy!


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