5 MUST-DOS WHEN YOU VISIT QUEZON

5 Must-Dos When You Visit Quezon


Find out what things you shouldn't miss on your trip to this province.

By Belle Yambao
May 19, 2014


If you're going on a road trip with your barkada this summer, consider heading to Quezon. This province in Region IV is home to various historical sites, good food, and celebrated festivals.

Are you looking for things to add to your itinerary? Read on and find out what should be on your to-do list when you're in Quezon.

 1. Taste Lucban longganisa.

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 The town of Lucban is where this special longganisa delicacy comes from. Served best with garlic rice and with vinegar on the side, Lucban longganisa is characterized by a strong garlic favor. You can buy this delicacy at any pasalubong place along Calle Budin, or you can enjoy it at famous restaurants like Buddy's.

 2. Experience the Pahiyas and Agawan Festivals.
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Every May, the towns of Lucban, Lucena, Candelaria, Tayabas, Sariaya, and Tiaong come alive in celebration of the Pahiyas Festival. The fiesta, which commemorates San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers, features a procession of the saint's image with houses along the parade route decorated in colorful leaf-shaped rice wafers called kiping. Meanwhile, in Sariaya, locals celebrate the Agawan Festival, where people grab goodies from pabitin or houses along the parade route. 

 3. Go back in time at Villa Sariaya.

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 If you're a history buff, you might enjoy dropping by Villa Sariaya or The Rodriguez House in Sariaya, Quezon. This beautiful ancestral house features art deco-inspired designs, intricate handpainted wallpaper, and furniture dating back from the olden days. You can also have some fun with your friends or family by taking photos in period wear for a fee.

 4. Learn how to make kalamay at Tina Decal's Farm.

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Drop by Tina Decal's Farm for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Watch experts at work as they make kalamay, a sweet delicacy made from glutinous rice, coconut milk, and brown sugar. Tina also encourages guests to take part in creating sinulbot, which are glutinous rice dough balls mixed with coconut milk and cane sugar.

 5. Go on a pilgrimage to Kamay ni Hesus.

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Many travelers make the journey to the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church in Lucban every year. Aside from being famous for its healing masses, it also features different places for reflection and prayer. Climb 305 steps up the Via Dolorosa Grotto and reach the third tallest statue of the Risen Christ in the world.

Looking for hotels/resorts for your Quezon vacation? Check these out on TravelBook.ph.

Special thanks to the Philippine Tour Operators Association, Inc. in cooperation with the Department of Tourism for taking TravelBook.ph along on their Region IV Familiarization Trip. Visit the 25th Philippine Travel Mart, which will be held on September 5-7, 2014, at the SMX Convention Center, for special travel deals. 

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