The Town of Lucban

I consider the town of Lucban as a big open museum. The place is oozing with history to the point that I saw National Historical Institute markers on the buildings, parks and churches of this town. Aside from its historical significance, the town of Lucban is also famous its tourist spots. One of these spots is the mystical Mount Banahaw.
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Jose Rizal Monument at Lucban
Jose Rizal Monument in Lucban.

Lucban's colorful Pahiyas Festival is known throughout the country. The festival showcases the artistry and ingenuity of the people of Quezon. In this festival, the citizens of Lucban decorate their houses with kiping. Kiping was made from rice and was formed and colored according to design that is being made for the house.

I got the chance to visit Lucban due to a company outing. All I can say is that the town of Lucban is beautiful! Their streets are well maintained and almost free of garbage. Those who have asthma can have some respite from the fumes of Metro Manila. History geeks will enjoy touring the town's historical spots. Backpackers can opt to climb the mountains.

Our company outing was held in Batis Aramin, which is just few kilometers from Lucban. I just visited this town for at least an hour to buy my pasalubongs, which allowed me to peek at some of its interesting spots.

 

How to Go to Lucban

 

Going to Lucban, Quezon is not difficult since there are many bus companies that have trips toward the town from Metro Manila. The roads going to the town are well paved. A commuter will have ample time to catch up on their sleep or feast on the greenery of rice fields and mountains on the way to Lucban. Heavy traffic could only be found at the entrance and the exit of the expressway.

There are many ways of reaching Lucban, but what I experienced is the path that passes through the SLEX and Laguna (Calamba, Pagsanjan, and Cavinti). It took me at least four hours of travel time (including the traffic and stop-overs) before reaching Lucban.

Upon reaching the town, one can go to various parts of Lucban by riding the tricycles.

Here some of the places I visited in Lucban:

 

Lucban Church

 

Lucban Church

Lucban Church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in Quezon. The first church was built in 1595 and was ruined in 1629. It was rebuilt in the years between 1930 and 1940 but was again ruined by fire in 1733. The current church was completed in 1738. The nearby convent was finished in 1743.
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Aisle and altar of Lucban Church

The walls and ceiling of Lucban Church is just in plain white. Sadly, I do not have time to enter the church and pray. I didn't even got the chance to take the photo of its altar.
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Bell tower of Lucban Church

The bell tower is connected to the church. How I wish that I heard the tolling of the bells of Lucban Church. I do hope that no more catastrophe will happen to this church.

 

Batis Aramin Hotel and Resort

 

Batis Aramin Resort at Lucban

This resort is located at the outskirts of Lucban. It boasts three swimming pools, a river where visitors can boat, and a large nature park. The full story Batis Aramin Hotel and Resort is on part II of this blog post.

 

Kamay ni Hesus Shrine

 

Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban

A new spiritual get-away for the religious. In this place, you will feel God’s love and mercy through the various sculpted scenes of Jesus Christ’s suffering and crucifixion. The grotto has no entrance fee and was built from the donations of Catholics under the leadership of Father Faller. The centerpiece of this shrine is the large icon of the risen Christ atop a mountain. A must see for those who want to restart their relationship with Jesus Christ. My full story on Kamay ni Hesus Shrine is on Part III of this blog post.

 

Lucban Poblacion

 

The poblacion of Lucban is the place where pasalubongs and souvenirs can be bought. There are many shops and bakery in downtown Lucban. Pasalubongs that are for sale are broas, apas, tikoy and many more. I recommend the broas because it is very delicious. The pasalubong are not expensive. A plastic of broas is only 45 Pesos, while the apas is 35 Pesos. Other products are within that price range.

So, those are the places that I visited during my one day visit to the town of Lucban. I know that I missed a lot of interesting places. I mean to visit Lucban in the future because I want to climb Mount Banahaw and see the other spots in Lucban.

6 comments:

  1. I am not familiar with broas and apas. Do they taste good? I've seen pictures from my friend when they went to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine. I thought its beautiful. I wish you took a photo of the Kiping-decorated houses. I love their colors as always.

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    1. Broas is my favorite. Imagine a biscuit that melts in your mouth. Yummy.

      About the grotto, I will upload photos for that place in the third part of the blog post.

      Sorry TIN about the Kiping-decorated houses. I went to Lucban a week after their feast. Its too bad that I missed the experience of seeing such houses.

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  2. Ang galing-galing naman...ganda! :)

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  3. i am studying here at lucban, and it is so nice being here. btw, apas and broas tastes good. especially broas. but i don't like their version of tamalis and longganisa. i wonder what made lucban longganisa famous?

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    1. Hello Engr. Miel,

      Thanks for visiting me and commenting on this blog post.

      I have never tasted Lucban's version of longganisa so I couldn't tell you why it becane famous.

      Can you send me one longganisa so I will know? Nah! Just kidding!

      Yah, I miss broas and apas...I am really craving for it.

      Oh by the way, what is a tamalis?

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