Crowd thin­ner at Lucban’s ‘Pahiyas’ Fes­ti­val

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - REGIONS - DELFINT. MALLARIJR.

LUCBAN, QUE­ZON— The re­cently con­cluded barangay and Sang­gu­ni­ang Ka­bataan elec­tions and a work­ing week­day drove many rev­el­ers away from this year’s “Pahiyas” fes­ti­val at Lucban town in Que­zon prov­ince, an of­fi­cial said. While po­lice and lo­cal of­fi­cials did not pro­vide fig­ures on fes­ti­val at­ten­dance, they ob­served fewer tourist buses and ve­hi­cles parked along the road lead­ing to the town on Tues­day. Fidel Suario, sec­re­tary to the town coun­cil, said the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s ap­peal to de­clare May 15, the feast of San Isidro de Labrador, the pa­tron saint of farm­ers, as a hol­i­day had been de­nied be­cause the event was a re­li­gious ac­tiv­ity. Pahiyas, known for its dis­plays of “kip­ing” (rice wafers), vegeta­bles, fruits and other na­tive prod­ucts in ev­ery house along the pro­ces­sion route, has be­come one of the coun­try’s top tourist draw­ers.—

—DELFINT. MALLARI JR.

FARMFRESH Houses in Lucban, Que­zon, are adorned with col­or­ful rice wafers and freshly har­vested palay, vegeta­bles and fruits as the town cel­e­brates Pahiyas fes­ti­val.

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