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Celebrating Pahiyas

15 May

I wonder what the Pahiyas Festival has in store for the tourists this 2010 especially that the Philippines has been experiencing El Niño. I sure do hope that there are still a lot of harvest.

Last year, my boyfriend and I went to Quezon to celebrate Pahiyas. Despite the unpredictable weather (one minute it’s sunny, then it would drizzle/rain the next), we did have a lot of fun. This festival is in honor of  the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro Labrador, as thanksgiving for bountiful harvest (masaganang ani).

Here are some of the pictures we took during Pahiyas Festival 2009:

Lucban Church's belfry

Lucban Church's entrance

colorful kiping

Lucban longganisa

bayongs (native bags) painted by grade schoolers

higante (giant)

row of kipings

a lady selling pancit habhab for only Php7!!! :)

Pahiyas 2009

fried kiping (I did not know kiping is edible. Hehehe...)

Lucban hats

souvenirs

We did not stay the whole day in Lucban. After lunch, we went to some of the must-see places in Quezon:

Kamay ni Hesus / Grotto

Silangan Nayon Resort --- I loved the huts on the water!

Pagbilao Power Plant (on our way to Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas)

Puting Buhangin (at the end of the shore, there's a cave called Kwebang Lampas)

inside Kwebang Lampas

Kwebang Lampas

Patayan Island

Patayan Island's sand bar

I hope even if there’s drought, our farmers still have a lot to be thankful for. :)

Happy Pahiyas Festival, everyone!

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