Munch on the Colorful Decorations “The Art of Pahiyas Festival”
A touch of Green, a bliss of orange ,a dazzling yellow and warmth of red, those were the colors that will entice your attention when you visit Lucban Quezon in the Philippines.
- “The Art of Pahiyas Festival”
- Ways on how to make Rice Kiping:
- The town people of Lucban Quezon
- Trademark of the Filipino
“The Art of Pahiyas Festival”
Tradition highlights every country for it represents the diversity of culture that symbolizes some historical events. It serves as a tourist attraction for those who are fond of new experiences in life.
A Festival called "Pahiyas" was held every year during 15th of May in the small town of Lucban wherein people make a beautiful and colorful decorations using agricultural products like fruits , vegetables, ferns, flowers ,beans, rice stalks, hats, baskets and miniatures (called anok )in order to create a fabulous art presentation that will dress up their own houses. It is a Filipino tradition to celebrate a feast for bountiful harvest known as "Pahiyas Festival" in honor of their Patron Saint San Isidro Labrador.
The most exciting part on this celebration is to see the vibrant colors of edible garlands made from "Kiping" means (Leaf-shaped coated with rice flour)it was designed to make an artistic multi- colored chandeliers or (Aranya) in Filipino term. An eye catching view of this Aranya (chandeliers) delights every tourist who visits Lucban Quezon. You can also try to taste and have a munch on those Hanging "kiping" since it was made of talisay (umbrella tree),kabal, coffee, cocoa, antipolo and banaba leaves coated with rice flour and artificial color cooked ,steamed and dry to form a rice chip texture. You can choose syrup or vinegar as your dip.
Ways on how to make Rice Kiping:
1. First choose big and mature leaves of talisay (umbrella tree),kabal, coffee, cocoa, and banaba which ever is available.
2. Cut the leaves in similar sizes
3. Prepare the rice paste by soaking it in water for two hours note: (used Laon rice should have been stocked for a year to prevent cracking of rice wafer)
4. Put the soaked rice in a Grinder and combine 1/2 teaspoon of salt
5. Mix the artificial coloring powder to form the desired color of rice paste
6. Coat the mixture on the leaves
7. Steamed the coated leaves for 30 minutes
8. Dry and hang the kiping to eliminate moisture
9. Compress kiping by placing weight on top of them
10. Store kiping in a clean container
The town people of Lucban Quezon
Everyone who will participate is so happy and excited to win and be awarded as the most beautiful and creative wall decoration. That’s why the preparation was made one month before the said celebration. You will notice that each of them has their own themes shaped and build thru imaginative mind full of inspirations and love for handicrafts.
Trademark of the Filipino
Filipinos are known for their hospitality, generosity and superstitious belief inherited from their ancestors. Everybody is welcome and treated as special guest by serving them food and allowing them to savor the well-known "longganisa of Lucban" (Special kind of sausage) and "pancit habhab" ( unique blend of noodles).They believed that celebrating a bountiful harvest for this season will brought a good luck all throughout the coming year. A procession of an image of San Isidro Labrador (Patron Saints of the farmers) signifies thanks giving for the great abundance.
Festivals marks the history of every country no matter what kind of class, group, clan or tribe you belong, still we look back to the past and remember the origin of our culture for it is where we stand and recognized.