Pahiyas Festival

Pahiyas Festival
Lucban, Quezon 2004
Photo by: Rio Sebastian

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Lucban Pahiyas, otherwise known as San Isidro Labrador’s Feast, is a harvest festival celebrated in Lucban, Quezon in the Philippines during the month of May.

During the festival, people of Lucban dress up their houses with colorful rice “kipings” that resemble crepe / Chinese paper, to hang on walls. They also use flowers, hay, fruits, and other items associated with good harvest. There are parades in the street of people in costumes and colorful dresses. This is a typical festivity, which is a mixture of pagan traditions and Christianity, associating a saintly feast with ancient, pre-colonial traditions.

If you are ever in Lucban, Quezon, do not miss out on their local specialties such as, Pancit Habhab, Longganisang Lucban, and their own brand of Lambanog.

The artist at Lucban Pahiyas in 2005

I came to this festival two years in a row because I loved it so much! 💕

I am originally from the Philippines, but I have lived and worked in Singapore as an I.T. Engineer for almost ten years, and then moved to Toulouse, France with my family since 2017.

As a watercolor artist, I had no formal training. I have only self-learned to paint via tutorials on the internet. Back in the early 2000’s, I took a crash course in photography back in the Philippines, and took a short course on Drawing at La Salle College of the Arts in Singapore in 2014.

For more of my paintings, visit and my online shop via Zazzle .com