Strike out Pahiyas Festival from my to-shoot list, because finally I was able to make the trip to Lucban, Quezon for its annual May 15th celebration. I don't know which excited me more, that I was at long last going to experience Pahiyas, or that finally I'll be back to shooting after a month of inactivity. I guess both (but slightly leaning toward the latter).
With fellow photographers from Bulacan, we headed south to Lucban to shoot the festival that originated as a thanksgiving for bountiful harvest by local farmers. Pahiyas is one of the better-known festivals in the country, and upon seeing the streets of Lucban and the thick crowd of tourists roaming around in glee, it was easy to understand why. The townsfolk put a lot of effort (and resources) in decorating their homes to make them vibrant and attractive. Although not all Lucban streets joined the celebration, there still must have been over five hundred homes that participated.
This definitely was one of my highly-enjoyable photowalks. The weather cooperated (not too sunny but I still got my forehead and nape sunburned), the people were very accommodating and not allergic to the camera, and the other tourists were just as friendly.
My photos :
There was a street parade slated to start at 2PM. We waited until 2:30PM, but consistent with Filipino time, the parade didn't look like it will start in an hour, and the clouds were getting dark because of imminent rain. We decided to call it a day and head back to Bulacan. 5 hours of enjoying Pahiyas was more than enough for us.
Some group shots :
Thanks for the warm welcome, Lucban.
And thank YOU for dropping by.