Monday, May 17, 2010

Pahiyas Festival 2010

Lucban, Quezon / Majayjay, Laguna / May 14-16, 2010

My travel buddies decided to be part of the colorful festivities of Pahiyas 2010. We took a 4-hr bus and an hour of jeepney ride to reach the small town of Lucban in Quezon.

After a nap in our rented room, we went to Cla's(my younger sister's friend) house for her birthday and had a delicious spaghetti, bread and juice.We went straight to Kamay ni Hesus (Hand of Jesus) Groto and climbed up its 200-step stairs to view Mt Banahaw and parts of the town.
We treat ourselves with good food at Palaisdaan Restaurant, the resto was mostly made of bamboo and it also has a live band.
We dared each other to ride on top of the jeepney(which they call "top loaders"). My whole body started to shiver as i climb up the roof, i immediately took a tight grip at the handle and sit. After a while, we're having fun! shouting and laughing and taking photos as the cold wind brushes up our was an incredible experience!
The next morning, breakfast was served at Buddy's restaurant then we start walking and get amazed with the decorated houses. We also got the chance to meet Congressman Mark Enverga in the crowded street.Good food never stops as we feast at Joan's(mace's friend in lucban) house! Her mom told us that people in lucban really loves to cook tasty food. Lucbanins are indeed good cooks!
We took a long afternoon sleep before we went to stalls for pasalubong and souvenirs. Too bad for us, we missed the parade, only Jo and Mace got the chance to see it. Take-away Pizza for dinner! Chow again!

By early Sunday morning, we travel to Liliw, Laguna to visit miru's aunt and to drop off our bags. From there, we took a trip to Majayjay Falls, the water was freezing like melted ice. Its actually my third time to visit the place and i can see the vast development they have made. The first time i came here, its like a hidden paradise, now, its too crowded, the trail was already concrete, there's a hanging bridge towards a resort on the other side and additional comfort rooms were built.

We went back to Liliw by 2pm and a crispy Lechon Baboy awaits our hungry tummies! Yumyum! Along the way, around 5:30 in the afternoon, we got the chance to see the rare sighting of the new moon and the planet venus. The sunset color, the silhouette of the coconut trees and the bright sky made it look like an extraordinary painting but unfortunately i wasn't able to take a photo of it.

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