"Kiping" the tradition alive
The year 1577 marked the foundation of the town of Lucban. Lucban derived its name from Lucban or Pomelo tree. Three hunters from Majayjay, Laguna, namely: Luis Gamba, Marcos Tigla and Lucas Manawe, came upon a plain at the northeastern foot of Mountain Banahaw after they had lost their way following the trail of some wild animals. While resting under a tree, they saw a balck bird name "uwak" or crow up on the tree top. Believing this to be a bad omen, they immediately transferred to another place and rested once more. This time, under the shades of a bad omen, they immediately transferred to another place and rested once more. This time, under the shades of a large, leafy pomelo or lucban tree. The trio were attracted by a couple of kingfishers singing at the top of the tree. Fascinated by the rhythmic chirps of the multi-colored birds, the three superstitious hunters took the incident as a sign of good fortune and decided finally to settle in the place naming it LUCBAN.
The people of Lucban accepted the story as true. Marcos Tigla was the first governadorsillo of the town in the year 1596. Luis Gumba succeeded him the next year and Lucas Manawe later took the responsibility for four years. Apolinario de la Cruz (1815-1841), a national hero, who is more popularity known as Hermano Pule and founder of the Cofradia de San Jose, was born in Sitio Pandak, Brgy. Nalunao, Lucban.
Lucban is one of the richest agricultural municipalities in the province of Quezon. It is above 26 kilometers from Lucena, the Provincial Capitol of the city and is located 163 kilometers southwest of Metro Manila. The municipality is at the foot of the active Mt. Banahaw. It is bounded on the north by Luisiana, Laguna, on the east by Sampaloc, Quezon and in the southwest by Tayabas, Quezon. It has a population of about 25,826 and an area of 6,930.
Pahiyas is the harvest festival and is observed in the towns of Lucban, Candelaria, Tayabas, Sariaya, Tiaong and Lucena City in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. Considered one the Philippines biggest harvest festivals, it is deeply rooted in the traditional celebration of thanksgiving for bountiful harvests.
When attending Pahiyas...
- Enjoy the fresh air in the mountain resort town of Lucban, walk along the streets and view the beautifully crafed pahiyas designs in each house facade of Lucban.
- Get a taste of the popular pancit hab-hab the traditional way. Pancit hab-hab is placed on banana leaves and is eaten without the use of any utensils.
- Buy Lucban longganisa (pork sausages) to take back home. The famous longganisa can be found displayed along the streets, some shops even show you how they are made. Perfect for breakfast.
- Visit the Lucban Church where the traditional procession of San Isidro de Labrador starts. People join the procession with no foot wear.
- Try on some hats. Straw hats are found and sold along the sidewalks of Lucban. Prices start from as low as PhP10.
- Watch the procession of the carabaos and vegetable floats. The floats are adorned with different kinds of vegetables and native products and paraded through the main streets of the town
- Try getting a hold of kiping. The kiping can actually be eaten after frying and is usually dipped in vinegar or sauce just like how you eat kropek and chicharon baboy.
- Talk to the townsfolk. Many of them are more than happy to share a story or two about the Pahiyas festival and how they put together the decorations of their houses.
Lucban is nestled at the foot of Mt. Banahaw and is about 26 kilometers from Lucena City, the provincial capital of Quezon Province. Bounded on the north by Luisiana, Laguna, on the west by Majayjay, Laguna, on the east by Sampaloc, Quezon and on the south by Tayabas, Quezon.
The town is approximately 160 kilometers from Metro Manila via Lucena City and 133 kilometers from Metro Manila using the Sta. Cruz-Pagsanjan route in Laguna. The average travel time is three and a half hours.