Still in Quezon Province is the famous Pahiyas Festival – a thanksgiving feast for the bountiful harvest celebrated in honor their patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. Every house is decorated with colorful displays of the province’s agricultural produce like fruits, vegetables, colorful rice wafer, plants, and other materials made from plants and trees. The rice wafer is paper thin and have different colors, use as ornaments but very edible.
The first time we visited Lucban, Quezon was when my hubby’s office mate invited us to watch and experience this very unique festival. We didn’t know that those colorful decorations were not made of ordinary papers but of rice. Pounded and made into dough, flatten until it reached that kind of paper-thin texture, we also brought home some and cooked it like chips. Each year a competition is held as to who has the most creative and beautiful display. There are also the parade of decorated caravans with carabaos dressed fancily by their owners.
Another tourist attraction for locals and international visitors. This is held during the month of May, very timely for families and friends to visit because of the summer school break.
Before we went to Lucban, we also stopped by a resort and took a dip into the almost icy-cold swimming pool, guess what? I didn’t stay long in that super-chilly water, my whole body was shivering with cold.