the boy with the broken stomach

"Garbo! Pahiyas Festival."

Lucban, Quezon — Pahiyas Festival, the most colorful celebration in the province will never fail to amaze you with surprises in every turn. Walk along the beautifully embellished houses ornamented with bright kiping, a rice made decoration, and crops hung, as sign of a bountiful harvest. Not to mention their awesome food and breath-taking scenery. Definitely it's Garbo!

The wonderful town of Lucban opened a window of a vibrant culture filled with a bundle of festivity and here's the five things you should try when you get there:

  1. Pahiyas Festival

    Your visit at Lucban would not be complete if you will not experience the famous Pahiyas Festival. Houses get ornamented with colorful kiping  and several crops as thanksgiving for their patron saint San Isidro Labrador.
  2. Pancit Habhab

    When you get hungry, food will not be a problem. You can have Pancit Habahab on the sidewalk, a inexpensive treat for only Php10. It's both delicious and fun because there's no utensil and you eat it directly with your mouth.
  3. Longganisa

    If Pancit Habhab is not enough then you should try their famous longganisa. It comes in small and larger sizes, sold per dozen, you definitely go home not with an empty stomach.
  4. Lambanog

    Hard drinker? Why not try the potent of pure lambanog, a fermented  coconut alcoholic beverage that comes in different flavors. You'd be amazed how this drink can make you go crazy!
  5. Taytay Falls

    Experience nature at Taytay Falls, a little sanctuary just 10 minutes away from the town proper. Splash into the icy cold water and captivating scenery for only Php20 as entrance fee.
Fiesta is a thing to us Filipinos and Lucban, Quezon with it's Pahiyas Festival really showcases that it's more fun in the Philippines. Our culture is as rich and vibrant as the colorful kiping; our camaraderie is tightly compact like a longganisa; and our values is as strong as lambanog. Wouldn't you want to experience it yourself too?

"Bili na suki!"

TANAUAN, BATANGAS — The sun is bright and the day is great. It's a perfect time to go to the public market, a place of vibrant people and amazing goods. You can find anything you need here at the price you like.

When I got my job, I seldom go to the public market for two reasons: convenience and safety. I'm a paranoid person and I always get uncomfortable in public places where there are crowds with no security guards roving. But my impression changed when I went to my local public market again after a long time. It made me realize some interesting things:
  1. Bargain your price.

    Everything here is less expensive compared to a supermarket. Plus you can bargain for a price. You just have to have a thick face.
  2. Shopping's an adventure.

    Looking for an item on your grocery list is an adventure. If it's been awhile since you visited this place, it will look like a maze of random stalls and you don't know where things are. 
  3. Vendors are varied.

    Buying  between the first vendor or de tour to finding another seller just in case you can get a better deal . If you're lucky enough you might just create a good bond and become a suki.
  4. People are amazing.

    Surrounding you are different people from different walks of life. It will be most likely that you will come across some interesting people.