An old friend and colleague I got to work with back during my campus-publication-writing-days invited me to join the Basic Travel Writing with tour of the Pahiyas Festival hosted by the Filipinas Heritage Library.
At an early bird rate of 4,275PHP, I signed up for two three-hour sessions of travel writing workshop by the amazing Ms. Kristine Fonacier of Lonely Planet magazine and a day tour of the Pahiyas Festival with little side trips around Quezon Province.
The whole trip was organized by the Filipinas Heritage Library which is written below. In italics are some personal thrills my friend and I had during the tour.
By the way, Pahiyas Festival is celebrated in honor of San Isidro de Labrador – patron saint of farmers – as a gesture of gratitude for rich harvests.
What: The Pahiyas of Quezon Province
When: May 15, 2011 | Sunday
Where: Quezon Province, Philippines
How Much: 4,275PHP
• Assembly at the Filipinas Heritage Library
* Upon registration, pastries and bottled drinks were distributed to us.
• Departure for Lucban, Quezon via bus
Walking tour of Lucban, Quezon
• Trade Fair
• San Isidro Labrador Church
• Buffet lunch at Koffee Klatch
* Address: 2F La Doña Ana Building, Quezon Avenue, Lucban Quezon Province, Philippines
• Pahiyas Festival
• Depart for Sariaya via Tayabas
* By foot, it takes about 25mins going back to the bus (about 15mins by tricycle). Vehicles are only allowed until a certain point by the town entrances; roads are closed within Lucban.
• At Tayabas: Mayohan Festival (passing through)
• At Sariaya: Join the procession / Agawan sa Sariaya
* We actually missed the procession and walked around town instead.
• The Rodriguez Ancestral House
• Depart from Sariaya
• Stop over at Rose and Grace for dinner and use of bathroom
* Dinner was not part of the workshop fee.
• ETA: Filipinas Heritage Library
* I think we got back at around 10 or 11 in the evening.