Tatay’s potential client invited him to make a site survey for their upcoming project. It was a Sunday but Tatay gladly accepted it thinking it is a sweet escape from Manila and a good bonding for the family as well. Tatay asked Kuya Dennis to take the wheel. Since we are all first timers in Lucban, I volunteered to be the map navigator.
It was almost a three-hour drive through SLEX. As the odometer reads higher, the sight gradually shifts from urban to rural setting.
It is the season of Rambutan and Lanzones. Stalls like the photo below adorns the side of the roads from Laguna to Quezon. We made a quick stop in one of the stalls to taste the produce. Nanay’s tip: look for a bunch that has ants on it. ‘Cause those are sweet for sure.
By public transpo, one can reach Lucban by taking a bus to Lucena then a jeep from Lucena. Another option is to alight at Tayabas-Lucena Diversion Road and take a jeep from there. That’s a better option to save time.
There are 2 route options going to Lucban. One is by the Tayabas Road and other by Lucena (I’ll research the name of the roads for accuracy). We took the route that’s almost covered with canopies of trees and rice fields on both sides of the road. Later we learned that this is the Tayabas Road.
Paniri sa Lucban is embossed on the boundary arch welcomes arriving parties. We noticed that as we approached Lucban the wind is getting colder. Gina, a friend from Lucena shared that Lucban is sometimes referred to as the Summer Capital of Quezon because of its cool weather.
The green and gold colors indicates how blessed Lucban is in terms of agricultural land. Having a farmer’s blood running through my veins made me wish to own a piece of land in this side of the country. If Nanay could have heard my thoughts, she would definitely say “marry someone from here”. I first heard that hirit on our trip to Ilocos when I was in elementary sighing at a sight “I wish I have a beach house.”
Lucban is known for Pahiyas Festival during May, where houses are adorned with harvest produce and kiping. It’s also known for pilgrimage specifically to sites like Mount Banahaw and Kamay ni Hesus. Mount Banahaw can be seen on Tatay’s (soon-to-be) project site but the beauty was covered by clouds while we’re there.
So much to see, so little time.
The short period only allowed us to explore the narrow streets near the Rizal Plaza. Narrow as only one car can pass through it. I’m fascinated with these angel sculpture adorning a structure in from the Lucban Town Plaza. So Europe!
Here’ another exploration that one can enjoy in Lucban. Gastronomic exploration. Read: Foodie! There’s Budin – yummy cassava cake (upper left), Hardinera (lower left), to me it’s like embutido in a leche plan mold. And of course, the famous pansit habhab. Nanay asked why the pansit is called pansit habhab. I explained to her that the name tells about how to best enjoy the pansit. Habhabin mo mula sa dahon. I also enjoyed the garlicy Lucban longganisa but those yummies disappeared to the stomachs before I got a chance to take pictures.
I’ll definitely return to the beautiful Lucban. When I return, these are what Ì plan to do: hike on her mountain and bathe in her hot springs.