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Quezon

Quezon

This stretch of land is home to the mystic Mt. Banahaw, pansit habhab, lucban longganisa, and bright kiping.
By Keisha Uy

Overview

The province of Quezon lies on a narrow strip of land between the Bicol Peninsula and the rest of the Luzon province. It is home to the mystical Mt. Banahaw, which itself is home to a number of religious sects. Historic buildings, from private ancestral homes to restored colonial churches, dot its towns. Lucban's famous pansit habhab and Lucban longganisa are also famous with foodies, and the town's popular Pahiyas festival is regularly flocked with celebrating residents and visitors.

History

  • In 1591, parts of the present Quezon that belonged to the provinces of Laguna, Batangas, and Nueva Ecija were consolidated and recognized as the Tayabas Province.
  • In September 7, 1946, the province's name was changed to "Quezon", in observance of RA No. 14, which honors Manuel L. Quezon, who hailed from Baler.

Travelers' Attractions

  • Quezon offers of a variety of natural attractions, including gray, white, and brown sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and caves
  • A lot of tourists visit Mt. Banahaw during Holy Week for its supposed miraculous and healing powers.
  • For foodies, Quezon is known to be the home of authentic pansit habhab and Lucban longganisa.
  • Quezon is also a popular destination during May, as it hosts the lively colorful celebration of the Pahiyas Festival with "kiping" (rice wafer) ornaments lining each and every street.

Getting There and Away

  • Local bus lines BLTB (Batangas-Laguna-Tayabas-Bus Co.), Tritran, JAM, JAC Liner, Philtranco, and Superlines offer regular trips to Quezon. It takes around 3 to 4 hours to reach Quezon's capital, Lucena.

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Lucban Church

The Church of St. Louise of Toulouse in Lucban was first built in 1593.

Lucban Church

The Lucban Church houses the image of San Isidro Labrador, who is the patron saint of the farmers and is given homage to during the Pahiyas.

Sariaya Church

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi was first built in 1599.

Sariaya Church

The Sariaya Church houses an image of the Crucified Christ of Burgos, which draws pilgrims to the church every Friday.

Pahiyas Festival

The Pahiyas is marked with opulent decor including brightly colored "kiping" or rice wafers.

Pahiyas Festival

During Pahiyas, the people of Lucban adorn their houses with brightly colored leaf-shaped "kiping" or rice wafers, rice grains, rice stalks, root crops, native lanterns, flowers, ferns, fruits and vegetables.

Lucban Longganisa

The Lucban longganisa shares a similar garlic taste with the Vigan longganisa, but is smaller in size.

Pancit Habhab

Tha pancit habhab is eaten straight from banana leaves, without the use of utensils.
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