Today I just came from the town of Lucban in the province of Quezon with my family and friends. We attended the famous Pahiyas Festival, held every 15th of May.This is a yearly event that we never miss.

Lucban is an idyllic, peaceful agricultural town with cool breeze and abundant farm crops. It is rested at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, an active volcano located between the provinces of Laguna and Quezon.

According to legend, the town derived its name from the lucban or pomelo tree. Three hunters lost their way at the foot of Mt. Banahaw. They rested under a large lucban tree. Then they saw a couple of kingfisher birds (salaksak) that were singing. They became fascinated by the birds' beautiful plumage and melodious chirping. They took it as a good sign. Thus, they settled and named the place Lucban.

Mt. Banahaw is a traditional pilgrimage site for locals. It is a mystical mountain, considered sacred by the locals because of its "holy water" coming from the local springs and natural features such as rocks and caves. The word '"Banahaw" comes from the word "banal" (sacred, divine) and "daw" (supposedly).

Houses along the old streets of Lucban are artistically decorated with produce from their farms - - rice, fruits, vegetables, grains and root crops. Hundreds of tourists trek to Lucban just to marvel at the nicely decorated houses.

One highlight are the carabaos and horses- -two important and helpful animals in the farm. Part of the parade was a tribute to these animals. 

My husband Ding Lema and I spent the day taking pictures and just simply enjoying and appreciating the beauty of it all. 

I find the Pahiyas Festival very meaningful. Here is a town and a people who, by their artistic decors, are expressing their humble thankfulness for their bountiful blessings. 

A very unique highlight of the festival is the 'kiping'"- -a wafer made from rice that comes in different colors and so artistically made into hanging lanterns. chandeliers and wall decors.

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