Icons of Pahiyas Festival 2011

We were most excited to see the icons of Pahiyas – houses wrapped with varied shades of kiping and produce. The houses went from traditional to unexpected; from colorful to flamboyant. Some simply built decorated shrines of San Isidro Ladrador. Others went for the unconventional – roses were carved out of a watermelon, life-sized teddy bears sat beside huge chess pieces and vegetables were accessorized with pairs of shades. And yet one of the houses depicted how kiping makerscreate and color kiping as if it were a museum display.Some were conservative, using only palm leaves and yellow kiping to garnish their windows. Others were extravagant, covering the whole facade of their homes with harvest. The most eye-catching homes would be those located at corner lots which made sure no space was left without color out of their canvas.

The town was not just painted with red, pink, orange, yellow and green. More than this, it was varnished with hospitality. The way the houses were bedecked made sure that even the most distant passerby felt welcome to come and capture memories outside earnestly decorated homes. The houses were photo-op ready. There were small straw houses – equally lavish in decors – where visitors may peek through the window from inside and have their pictures taken. Chairs and stacks of sacks beside figures of what seem to be fancy scarecrows were also made available for striking a pose. The people of Lucban made sure that every stranger felt at home. A young man kuya was even wandering around the neighborhood to see to it that he was available for tourists who wanted to have their photos taken. Further down the road, an middle-aged man manong and a teenage boy voluntarily modeled some bamboo sticks to accompany the shots we took with Lucban’s warmest smiles.

Related Itinerary: The Pahiyas of Quezon Province