10/11/2011

Tuesday Travels#14 Pahiyas Festival: Festival I Want To Go To

Like most Filipinos, I love festivals. We all know that Filipinos to celebrate. The fiestas are the colorful proof for our penchant for celebration. It's no wonder that almost every barangay celebrate their own fiestas.

My favorite festival is of course our city's very own Kadayawan Festival which is usually held every 3rd week of August. The festival started as a celebration by the indigenous people of Davao during the harvest season. It evolved into a celebration for the indigenous people. During this time, indigenous people converge in our city along with the locals and tourists to celebrate.

Here is a photo of one of the participants in the Kadayawan festival's Indak-indak sa Kadalanan (streetdancing) contest.

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For the Philippine festival that I really want to go to, it is the Pahiyas Festival in Quezon Province. Some facts about the Pahiyas festival are here..

(source: http://www.pahiyasfestival.com/home/about-the-pahiyas.html)
The San Isidro Pahiyas Festival held every May 15 has become one of the country's tourist attractions prompting the Department of Tourism to list down Lucban as a tourist town and a cultural heritage site. 

The most traditional and certainly the most attractive d├ęcor comes of course in the form of "KIPING" which are adorn and strung together to form all sorts of shapes, from chandelier called "ARANGYA" to huge flowers. Kiping is made from ground rice flour, shaped using "cabal" leaves or other leaf forms and colored in radiant red, fuschia, yellow, green and other bright shades. When kiping catches the light of the sun it turns into a veritable cascades of color. 
The celebration is a form of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest and in honor of the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro de Labrador. A procession of the image of San Isidro is planned long before the festival and it is said that houses along the route of the procession passes will be especially favored and blessed in the coming year. It is from this belief that the lavish decoration of the home began.



6 comments:

Vernz@ The Virtual Wanderer said...

Ah yes, this is one festival every pinoy should not miss... dropping by Tess. :) for TT :)

Pinx said...

When my family left Davao for Cebu, the Kadayawan festival had just its debut and for so many years, I haven't witnessed the festival first hand. I hope to be there one day and enjoy the festivities with my family! was here for TT!

tejan said...

sounds interesting! ;)thanks for the visit on my Orange Tuesday! visiting back!

KM said...

come to think of it, Philippines have a lot of colorful and grand festivals like Pahiyas, and i don't think i've ever been to one :(

thanks for sharing this :)

visiting you back for TT ^^

see you around ;)

Rcel said...

I've heard of Pahiyas but never seen any photos of it yet! Maybe you can share some soon! :)

Visiting for TT! I've been to a HOT AIR BALLOON FEST for the first time and I'm sharing the photos I got! :) You are welcome to visit mine!

I Love to travel said...

a very interesting festival..nice one!