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Pahiyas Festival is celebrated every 15th of May in the province of Quezon, south of Manila.

This festival is basically the tradition of the natives, a hundred years back when the Spaniards arrived, to put their harvests outside their houses instead going out in a procession with the statue of Saint Isidore or locally called as San Isidro.

Pahiyas Festival will not be complete without the ?kiping?. Kiping is a colored and edible rice paper that is used as decorations in the entire house. Kiping is usually deep fried and dipped in vinegar/sugar. My cousins use to dip it in sugar.

Pahiyas festival is about the colorful decorations of kiping everywhere in the Lucban.
Kiping is decorated in hats, dresses, public vehicles and most especially the houses.
The decoration of the houses with kipings shows the artistic talents of owners/relatives working together.

The most awaited moment is when the winner of the house decorated with colorful kipings is announced. The expenses are paid by each house owners for the decorations to join the competition. Many people come here to celebrate the festival with the residents. Even local celebrities drop by here to join the celebration.

Address: Lucban, Quezon
Directions: From the bus terminal (Cubao, Buendia, Pasay) take the bus w/ signboard of "Lucena",
Fare 220-330Php, maximum time travel of 4 hours. From the Lucena terminal, transfer to a jeepney w/ signboard of ?Lucban?. Time travel maximum of 2hours.

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  • Updated Feb 7, 2012
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