Lucban Pahiyas Festival 2010

Late post, since I only shot film this time, and have just recently developed the rolls.


Lucban, Quezon/May 15, 2010
Taken with a Seagull 4A TLR camera, past-date Fujicolor 100

I haven’t been to Lucban’s Pahiyas festival for a long time, though I’ve gone there on a few occasions with my photography group, just not during Pahiyas-time. The chance to go there again was just timely, since work wasn’t in the way that day. Personal fact to establish first: my mother is a native of Tayabas, a neighboring town of Lucban, where I’ve spent countless summer vacations in my younger years. Tayabas has its own version of Pahiyas as well, but I do remember us going to the more popular Lucban festivities.

We were taken in by Uro, who’ve always had stories of his hometown. In a way, after assessing this year’s fiesta, we both had the same sentiments: there really was nothing new, nothing quite exciting. Or maybe its just a jaded, used-to-this feeling? Case in point, here’s a photo of Tayabas’ own Pahiyas, with the special participation of me, my siblings, and relatives:

Baul Series - Pahiyas Sa Tayabas

I’m the third kid from the right, yellow jogging pants. I think the decor and human-mannequin setup won the duplex first prize that year.

However, I was a rare case: most people I was with had a glint in their eye, most of the revellers I see were enjoying their pancit habhab (my daily breakfast during vacations, when it was still 75 cents per; a sometime-treat at home, since I can cook it), marvelling at the houses, and generally braving the sweltering summer heat and taking in the collective joyous spirit. Photographers had their fill of course, brandisihing their bazooka lenses (to take a photo of what exactly? a house profile? with a 400mm? on Lucban’s very narrow streets? really?), and, puzzling the life out of me, more than half of them carrying tripods.

End rant.

I don’t think I’ve also walked the entire festival path, but I did this time. Blame it on an uninspired eye that day, I had the most difficult time finding scenes to shoot. The shots from my Fed 2 rangefinder are still unprocessed, but I’m not hopeful for any gems there either. Funny though, that a good number of photographers I was with did bring their TLR cameras, too, like it was something we all agreed on.


We got to Lucban a few hours before lunch, and after that long stroll early afternoon, I just stayed at Uro’s old house, deciding to just shoot to whatever I see there. The procession came and went. Carabaos paraded, a mini-santacruzan ensued. Last time I spent Pahiyas over at Tayabas, probably aroudn the 90s, at the very end of the procession was a burly group of men who would take all the suman and all the edible decor you have on your house. Essentially, permitted looting. FYI: THIS is the old Pahiyas tradition, and it used to be observed by all the towns that celebrate it.

The Lucban late afternoon was gorgeous though. By then, I was dead-tired. I handed my camera to someone I forget and asked them to take a souvenir-ish photo of me, and it turned out to be an easy favorite:

Dinner was eaten at around 12 midnight at a gas station at SLEX. Ahh yes, Manila-bound traffic never changes. Hoorah for us Northerners!

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4 thoughts on “Lucban Pahiyas Festival 2010

  1. ace says:

    ahhh, nakita pala kita bro nung araw na to sa pahiyas. yun yata yung araw na pinakamaraming dslr na nakita ko sa buhay ko.

    btw, i’ve been dropping by your blog from time to time ever since. dami kase napupulot na info tungkol sa practical photography at music. keep it up.

  2. rey castaneda says:

    ser, i like reading your story, the old photo, the square format, direk uro’s take on his /yours hometown. and god knows i haven’t heard the rest of it. and you summed it up in six photos. mukhang di pa kasali ung isa! haha(self portrait). you are a native, man! i hope im not being patronizing but i really do think you belong to that place. thanks for sharing that. pede mag request? pede ba dagdagan mo mga larawan? haha, photo essay, anim? galing ah!

  3. rain says:

    @ace: haha re number of dslr’s. thanks man for visiting, and by golly my message is effective pala, since i really don’t intend this to be a photography blog, pero indirectly, if ever anyone gets away with photography info, i do want it to be practical.

    @rey: Lucban is not my hometown, its Obando (Bulacan), but my mom is from Tayabas, which isn’t too far away from Lucban. and i don’t really have any more photos to brag about, but you can on over to my Flickr stream for a couple more. it wan’t a very fruitful shoot anyway nga e, kainis, buti may lumabas nang maayos kahit papano. and thanks for visiting man!

  4. thanks for featuring Pahiyas Festival. It’s one of the major tourist attraction in quezon province. May 15 is just 3 months away see you there!

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