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Region IV-A (CALABARZON) vegetables, fruits, root crops, coffee, coconut and

sugarcane. It is endowed with rich offshore and


Area and Location coastal fishing grounds and fishing is a major source
The total land area of CALABARZON is of livelihood in the coastal towns.
1,657,626 ha. The region is located in south-western
part of Luzon, just south and east of Metro Manila, Brief History
on the east by the Philippine Sea and Bicol Region, There are several names attributed to present-
on the south by Verde Island Passage, and on the day Cavite City. Its early settlers, who were
west by Luzon Sea. It is practically accessible via all Tagalogs, called it "Tangway," meaning peninsula.
types of land transportation. The name "Cavite" evolved from the word Kawit or
Cauit meaning "hook" as people from other places
Geographic Profile refer to it, referring to the hook-shaped land along the
CALABARZON has varied land forms. It coast of Bacoor Bay.
consists partly of coastal areas and mostly upland
interior areas of slightly moderate rolling or How to get there
undulating plains and hills, and mountains. Almost The province is easily accessible from
sixty percent of the region’s land area has a slope Manila. One can board buses at Vito Cruz cor.
ranging from 0-18 percent. Harrison St. in Manila that go straight to Cavite.
There are also FX taxis parked near Harrison Plaza
People that take passengers to Cavite. These public utility
Region IV-A had a population of 14,414,774. vehicles take the Coastal Road. Minibuses bound for
Tagalog serves as the predominant dialect in most of Tagaytay via the Paranaque-Las Pinas route are also
the provinces, but the working population can read found in Baclaran.
and speak Filipino and English.
Tourist attractions
Political Profile  Aguinaldo Shrine and Museum (Kawit)
CALABARZON is consisting of five (5) - Built in 1849, this is the house where
provinces, twenty-four (24) congressional districts, General Emilio Aguinaldo was born. It was also
nineteen (19) cities, one hundred twenty-four (124) from its window that the Philippine flag was first
municipalities, and four thousand eleven (4,011) raised to proclaim Philippine Independence on
barangays. June 12, 1898.
 Gen. Trias Catholic Church (Poblacion, Gen.
CAVITE Trias)
Capital: Trece Martires City - Built more than 300 years ago during the
Spanish era, the church is elaborately decorated
Geography with carved statues of Catholic saints lined up on
It lies along the southern shore of Manila a multitier wooden platform.
Bay, bounded on the north by Manila Bay and Metro  House of Gen. Riego de Dios (Poblacion 2,
Manila, on the east by Laguna, on the west by the Maragondon)
West Philippine Sea and on the south by Batangas. It - Considered one of the oldest building in the
has a land area of 128,755 hectares. It is comprised province, this house is made of wood and
of six (6) cities and seventeen (17) municipalities. features an old architectural style.
 Imus Historical Marker (Town Plaza, Imus)
Topography - The marker is placed near two vintage
The portion of the province bordering Manila artillery pieces in the well-known plaza.
bay consist of lowlands or flat-lying areas. The  Maytinis (Kawit)
central portions are characterized by rolling and - This festival, held on Christmas Eve,
undulating lands while the rest are upland or hilly features a reenactment of St. Joseph and Mary’s
and mountainous areas. It has two pronounced search for place to stay in Bethlehem. The event
seasons: relatively dry from November to April and is highlighted with songs.
wet from May to October. It is predominantly an
agriculture province and its major crops include rice,
 People’s Park (Palace in the Sky)- Tagaytay City Best Buys
- This mansion was originally built for state  Special Tamales
visit of US President Reagan. It was never  Buco tart
completed though, for the former US president  Ube jam
cancelled his trip. It is now maintained by the city
government and, because it is located at the city’s Accommodations
highest point, is being used as a communication Corregidor Inn
station. - Overnighters stay at the rustic inn, a creaky
 Tagaytay City but atmospheric little place with polished wooden
- Situated on a ridge 1,700 feet above sea floors, thirty a/c, ageing rooms and small pool. The
level, Tagaytay City is considered the country’s ferry and island tour is extra. The hotel can also
second summer capital. The place boasts of cool arrange camping on the island for just 50 per person,
breezes and a magnificent view of the famous as well as kayaks (500/hr.) and bangkas.
Taal Volcano and Lake.
 Sky Ranch Trivia
- One of the most popular tourist spots in The provincial capital of Cavite and It is
Cavite is Sky Ranch, which is a leisure park that known as the banking capital of the entire province
is located in the province. There is a giant Ferris was Imus. President Ferdinand Marcos transferred
wheel inside the park that offers you a the provincial capital of Cavite from Trece Martires
spectacular view of the Taal Volcano. There is City to Imus in June 1977. This was done by
also a zip line that you can enjoy as well as plenty Presidential Decree No. 1163. The nickname of the
of other rides for a family to enjoy, especially if Cavite Province was Historical Capital of the
you have little ones with you on your vacation. Philippines. Cavite is the birthplace of Philippine
 Mount Pico de Loro Independence. Cavite is bordered by Laguna, Metro
- Mount Pico de Loro is a dormant volcano Manila, and Batangas.
that is located in the middle of the Cavite
province. This is not an easy trek; in fact, it will LAGUNA
take more than two hours for an experienced Capital: Sta. Cruz
hiker to reach the summit. Once you arrive, the
view overlooking the island is breathtaking. Geography
When you are there, take the time to climb It is located some 30 kilometers south of
Parrots Beak, which is the highest point in Manila. It is bounded on the north by Rizal, on the
Cavite. east and south by Quezon and on the west by Cavite
Traditions and Cultures and Batangas. It has a land area of 17,597 square
Sanghiyang/Sayaw sa Apoy- a pre-colonial kilometers with a population of 1,500,000. It is
ritual celebrated by firewalkers of Indang and comprised of one city and 29 municipalities.
Alfonso. It is a fusion of the elements of folk religion,
magic, and Christian faith. It is done to give thanks Topography
to Bathala for the blessings given to the people. Narrow plains can be found along the shores
of Laguna de Bay but mountainous towards Sierra
Festivals Madre in the east, Mt. Makiling in the west and Mt.
Maragondon Kawayan festival Banahaw in the south. It has no distinct seasons. Its
- Held on every 7th day of September in climate varies in different areas, cool in the
Maragondon, Cavite wherein group of street dancers mountainous parts while the plains are somewhat
parade indigenous materials. An exhibit of Bamboo warmer. Agriculture and fishery are the main
products likewise done in the town plaza. The industries that contribute a great part of the
agricultural-tourism affair was spearheaded by the provincial economy. The crops produced are rice,
local government and participated by the locals who sugarcane and fruits, specifically citrus and lanzones.
showcased their creativity in contests like the It is the second largest producer of coconut in the
Arch/Kubo and Kawayan Parol Making. country.
Brief History Pagsanjan falls because to get to the falls, one has
The Province of Laguna, which was formerly to “shoot the rapids” from Pagsanjan.
called La Laguna and La Provincia de la Laguna de  Rizal Shrine (Calamba)
Bay, was named after Laguna de Bay, the body of - This two-story, red-tile-roof Spanish
water that forms its northern boundary. Laguna de vintage house contains all kinds of Rizalian
Bay, in turn, was named after the town of Bay, the memorabilia ranging from pictures of the late
first provincial capital. Captain Juan de Salcedo with hero and of the women in his life to laminated
a band of one hundred Spanish-Mexican soldiers excerpts of some of his written works.
conquered the province and its surrounding regions  San Santiago Apostol Church (Paete)
for Spain in 1571. The province of La Laguna -Although built by the Spaniards during the
comprised the modern province of Laguna, as well early Spanish period, all the religious images in
as parts of what is now known as Rizal and Quezon. this church were carved and or painted by the
residents of Paete. The intricate baroque altar is a
How to get there monument to their skill in wood carving and the
There are two main points of entry to Laguna walls boast their intricate murals.
from Manila. One is via the South Expressway taking  Seven Lakes (San Pablo City)
either the San Pedro exit, the Binan exit or the - Each nestled in a depression created long
Calamba exit. The other is via the Northern route ago by volcanic activity, the seven lakes are:
passing through the towns of Antipolo or Tanay, Sampaloc, Mojicap, Palakpakin, Calibato,
Rizal. Major Bus companies ply the Laguna route Pandin, Yambo, and Bunot.
daily via developed and well-maintained roads from  St. Gregory Church (Majayjay)
Manila. - This is reputed to be one of the oldest
churches in the country. It was built in 1575 using
Tourist attractions forced labor. It preserves antique relief statues
 Lake Caliraya (Lumban) brought by the Spaniards.
- One of the most prominent man-made  Underground Cemetery (Nagcarlan)
attractions in the province, this lake is actually a - Built in the 18th century by the Franciscan
water reservoir built in 1943 to supply water to missionaries, this underground cemetery has a
the Caliraya Hydroelectric Plant. The waters of circular wall in which the tombstones are
the lake measure about 50 meters at their deepest. embedded. The Katipuneros are said to have used
 Mabitac Church (Gen. Luna St., Mabitac) the crypt as a meeting place where they plotted
- The church stands high atop 126 stone steps. against the Spanish colonizers.
Its façade is definitely in the old Spanish style but  Splash Island in Biñan
the interior is quite modern. Like most old - Laguna is the largest water park in the
churches, it has a belfry connected to the main Philippines. It has large water slides and rides for
church. Its patroness is Our Lady of Candelaria. everybody's fun and amusement. Be prepared for
 Mt. Makiling (Los Baños) an exciting day as you explore the park's various
- The mystical Mt. Makiling is an inactive slides in various sizes and angles.
volcano rising about 1,109 meters above sea  Enchanted Kingdom
level. It is home to approximately 2,048 different - Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa, Laguna
species of plants and is ideal for nature tripping, is the country's first and only world-class theme
trekking, and bird and butterfly watching. The park. Enchanted Kingdom was recently cited by
University of the Philippines campus and the hot the government of Laguna for generating the
springs and resorts at the foot of the mountain biggest tourist arrivals in 2008. That's no wonder
also serve as major tourist draw. since kids and adults alike are especially thrilled
 Pagsanjan Falls and Rapids (Pagsanjan and to ride the various attractions that the park and
Cavinti) recreation center has to offer.
- The actual name of the falls is Magdapio
Falls because it is actually located in the town of Traditions and Cultures
Magdapio. However, it is popularly known as In Magdalena, Laguna, there is a wedding
custom called Galahan. It is a wedding practice for
newlywed couples where it is mandatory for them to northern tip of Mindoro. It has a land area of 3,165.8
dance in front of the relatives. What sets this custom square kilometers and a population of 1,700,000. It
apart from the norm is that they must carry a plate is comprised of three cities and 32 municipalities.
where a glass of wine and a bottle are placed. After Coordinates: 13 degrees, 45 minutes and 25.96
the dancing and the drinking, the relatives of both seconds north latitude and 121 degrees, 3 minutes
parties must place any amount which would help the and 29.2 seconds east longitude.
couple in starting their married life.
Topography
Festivals About half of the province’s terrain is
Anilag Festival generally rolling, while the rest is mountainous and
- It is a weeklong celebration that usually hilly. The irregular coastline is dotted with coves,
happens during the month of March. The Anilag peninsulas and bays. It has two distinct seasons: dry
Festival is held to give thanks to the all the blessings from November to April and wet the rest of the year.
that the people of the province had in the previous Agriculture is the main economic activity and the
year. Anilag Festival is celebrated through beauty major crops are palay, sugarcane, coconut and
pageants, dance showdowns, food contests, and coffee. Its forest area is 113,526 hectares with
woodcarving competition s. The Anilag Festival is 35.86% considered productive. Its total forest
also a way for the government of Laguna to reserve is 1,998 hectares, the largest of which is
showcase it marvelous sceneries, sumptuous local found in Mt. Malarayat. Metallic and non-metallic
delicacies, and of course, the talent of its locals. deposit such as limestone, gypsum, clay, bauxite,
During this festival, hundreds of Filipino tourists copper and gold are also considerably abundant here.
from different places as well as foreigners gather to It is a major supplier of cattle to Metro Manila and
witness this grandiose annual celebration. the main sources of fish for the province are Taal
Lake and the nearby coast.
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 Buko Pie Brief History
 Espasol Spanish missionaries first set foot in
 Cassava Cake Batangas City in 1572. The settlement was founded
Accommodations in 1581 and named “Batangan” because of the
Seda Nuvali numerous big logs that abounded the Calumpang
- The hotel is an integral part of the Nuvali River. Batangas High School was established which
eco-city development which is envisioned to be the is now known as the Batangas National High School.
growth center of the CALABARZON area. Set on a
strategic location, Seda affords stunning views of the How to get there
lake and overlooking structures that blend perfectly The province of Batangas is accessible by
with natural landscapes evoking a serene, resort-like land from Manila and from the neighboring
environment. provinces of Cavite, Laguna, and Quezon. It can also
Trivia be reached via ferryboat or ship from Mindoro and
Calamba (the birthplace of Jose Rizal) came other nearby Islands.
from the word “calambanga” which means “clay
jar”. Displayed at the heart of Calamba is a big clay Tourist attractions
pot which was once considered “The World’s  Anilao (Calumpang Peninsula)- Mabini
Largest Clay pot”. - This place is a favorite destination of many
Manila-based diving enthusiasts because of its
BATANGAS proximity to the National Capital Region, the
Capital: Batangas City quality of its dive sites and its numerous diving
facilities and resorts.
Geography  Basilica of St. Martin de Tours (Taal)
It is located southwest of Luzon, flanked on - Said to be the biggest church in the whole
the north by Cavite, on the south by the Verde Island of East Asia, this baroque structure stands on top
Passage which separates the province from the of an elevated portion in the middle of the
poblacion. It houses the image of St. Martin de
Tours, as well as replica of the Virgin of spaces and buildings, most notable of which are
Caysasay. the pillars of a Parthenon-inspired structure along
 Hacienda Looc (Nasugbu) a narrow strip of land that would give any tourist
- Hacienda Looc is one of the fast-growing a taste of the Athenian ruins.
vacation sites in Southern Tagalog. Aside from
the numerous tourist establishments, there are Traditions and Cultures
now also a growing number of vacation houses Batangas wedding tradition make a beautiful
in the area. and exciting feast. Batangueños has high regard for
 Laiya (San Juan) the sanctity of marriage making the event a lengthy
- Because of its long stretches of white sand and grand occasion.
beaches, this has become a major resort area in
the province. Festivals
 Mabini Shrine (Talaga, Tanauan) Tapusan Festival in Alitagtag
- This shrine houses the tomb of the - The Tapusan honors the holy cross, and is
revolutionary hero, as well as a replica of the celebrated May 31 every year. The parade is one of a
house he was born in and some of his personal kind. Floats garlanded with flowers including the
belongings. image of the Virgin Mary, parade the streets of the
 Matabungkay Beach (Matabungkay, Lian) town.
- This is a two-kilometer white-sand beach
ideal foe water sports like swimming, boating, Best Buys
yachting, fishing, and skin diving. Numerous  Peanut Patties
backyard tourist facilities and a couple of first  Lambanog
class resorts are located in the area.  Kapeng Barako
 Parada ng mga Lechon (Balayan)  Balisong
- Parada ng mga Lechon is one of the most
celebrated events in province of Batangas, during Accommodations
which lechons are dressed like celebrities and Luks Lofts Hotel & Residences
paraded down the street. Featuring a spa centre and an indoor pool,
 Punta de Santiago Lighthouse (Calatagan) Luks Lofts Hotel & Residences offers accommo-
- Built in 1890, this is one of the oldest dation in Batangas, 42 km from Tagaytay. Guests can
functioning lighthouse in the country. It offers enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is
dramatic vistas of the coastlines of Calatagan. available on site. Each room at this hotel is air
There are now a number of upscale private and conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV. Certain
vacation resorts in the area. units include a seating area for your convenience.
 Taal Lake and Volcano (Taal and six other You will find a kettle in the room. Each room is fitted
municipalities surrounding the lake) with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will
- Taal Lake is one of the most prominent find bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
bodies of water in Luzon Island. Along with Taal
Volcano, it is also one of the more famous tourist Trivia
attractions in the province. Taal Lake is actually The commonality between Taal and Vigan
located at the crater of Taal Volcano. At its center - Taal and the city of Vigan, both recognized
is a large island known as Volcano Island, Taal is historical sites in the present day, in fact share
considered one of the smallest active volcanoes something in common. Both were first explored by
in the world. Captain Juan de Salcedo, grandson of the
 Fortune Island conquistador Miguel López de Legaspi. In the 1570
- Closer to the mainland now in Nasugbu is expedition to explore Luzon, Salcedo broke away
the mysterious and haunting Fortune Island. from the main party under Martin de Goite to sail into
Originally developed in the nineties as an uber Lake Bombon and, presumably, what in the present
luxury, the absence of any viable freshwater day is the Taal area. He almost got himself killed
source forced the development to a halt in 2006. after he got hit by a poisoned arrow. Two years later
What is left is a surreal collection of abandoned in 1572, he was ordered by the new Governor-
General Guido de Lavezaris to bring an through Ortigas St.
expeditionary force to explore Vigan and later found
a settlement which would be called Villa Fernandina Tourist attractions
de Vigan, from which the modern city would arise.  Angono Artist Village (Angono)
- Many artist and musicians make their home
RIZAL in Rizal, particularly in Angono.
Capital: Antipolo City  Daranak and Batlag Falls (Brgy. Tandang,
Kutyo, Tanay)
Geography - The magnificent 14-meter Daranak Falls is
It lies immediately east of Metro Manila. It is situated amidst lush greeneries that have been
bounded on the north by Bulacan, on the east by converted into a park/ resort. The place is ideal
Laguna and Batangas and on the south by Laguna de for picnicking and swimming. A short walk over
Bay. It has a total land area of 1,303.8 square a bamboo bridge to the top of Daranak are
kilometers and a population of 975,850. It is smaller cascades. Still a bit further on is the
comprised of 15 municipalities. equally majestic Batlag falls, set in more natural
surroundings that one can explore on foot.
Topography  Higantes Festival (Angono)
Its topography is characterized by a - San Clemente is the patron saint of
combination. The flat low-lying areas are located on fisherman, highly revered by the people of a
the western while the gently rolling hills and a few Angono, since this coastal town is mainly
rugged ridges in the eastern portion. It has two inhabited by fisher folk. The townspeople
pronounced seasons: relatively dry wet during the celebrate his feast day with a two-day festival
rest of the year. The mountainous portion has evenly (November 22 and 23) in which they parade and
distributed rainfall throughout the year. It has a dance down the streets inside gigantic papier-
highly industrialized economy and there were 187 mache. On the actual feast day, the image of San
industries as of 1990. The top industry garment Clemente is carried on a barge across Laguna
production, followed by trading and service-oriented Lake.
businesses. Agriculture is less intense compared with  Hinulugang Taktak (Taktak Road, Antipolo)
other provinces in the region. The major crops are - The town of Antipolo has been known for
rice and fruit trees, specifically mango, citrus, coffee, this falls even before World War II. This
cacao and cashew. Eight towns lie along the northern mountain resort has picnic cottages, a swimming
coast of Laguna de Bay and depend on the lake for pool and of course the falls itself, which is
livelihood, including tilapia- and duck-raising. currently being restored to its former glory.
During the month of May, cultural concerts and
Brief History plays are held in the area.
Antipolo City was named after tipolo  Our Lady of Antipolo Shrine (Taktak Road,
(breadfruit) tree, which was in abundance in the area. Antipolo)
It was the Franciscan missionaries who first build the - Antipolo is known to be the home of Our
church in the area, in 1578. However, they were Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. History says
replaced by the Jesuits. These new missionaries were that this miraculous icon traveled back and forth
the one who helped organized the village into a between Manila and Acapulco eight times, and
parish. By 1601, the Christian population of Antipolo saved her galleon from destruction several times
increased to 3,000 due to the people of Dumagat who by warning the people about an impending
came and lived in the area. disaster.
 San Isidro/Carabao (Angono)
How to get there - The people of Angono celebrate the feast
Rizal is the metro’s most proximate eastern day of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of
province; hence, mobility poses no problem. farmers, by leading their gaily decorated
Jeepneys bound for the different towns of Rizal are Carabaos in procession and having them kneel in
available near Farmer’s Market in Cubao (Quezon front of the church, in respect and thanksgiving
City), EDSA Crossing in Mandaluyong, or the G- to the saint. The event is held every May 15.
Liner buses that goes all the way to Manila and pass
 Wawa (Rodriguez, formerly Montalban) well as free Wi-Fi. All rooms in the hotel are fitted
- Wawa is one of the few rock-climbing sites with a kettle. Each room includes air conditioning,
in the Philippines. The rock walls vary in height and certain units at The City Walk Suites Apartment
between 80 to 160 feet and provide different have a balcony. All units will provide guests with a
levels of difficulty for the climbers. fridge.
 Masungi Georeserve
- Its name from the word masungki which Trivia
means “spiked” which describes the rock Rizal Province is one of the first provinces
formation surrounding it. Whether you’re a that were able to seek independence from Spain and
regular hiker or not, you're sure to enjoy a three- were placed under martial law by the Spaniards at the
to-four-hour trek (that you can shorten or start of the Philippine Revolution in 1896.
prolong) going through bridges, high peaks and
the rest of the terrain guided by a park ranger to QUEZON PROVINCE
tell you more about the place. Capital: Lucena City

Traditions and Cultures Geography


Every Palm Sunday, parishioners, priests and It is the second largest in size in Southern
laymen of Angono re-enact the entering of Jesus to Tagalog and the sixth largest province in the
Jerusalem with the use of palaspas or palm leaves. Philippines. It has boundaries extending as far as
One more example is Latag banig, it is when men Aurora in the north and Camarines Sur in the south.
spread mats while women spread linen on the mats It is bounded on the north by Aurora, on the west by
on the street where the procession will pass. This Laguna and Rizal, southwest by Batangas and
tradition is based on the bible when Jesus entered southeast by Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur. It
Jerusalem, and the people layed their robes and mats has a land area of 870,660 hectares. It is comprised
for Jesus to pass on and they also used palm leaves of 40 municipalities which is divided into four
and waved them to welcome Jesus. They also have political districts and one urbanized city. It has 1,242
the senakulo or the re-enactment of Jesus’ suffering, barangays with Lopez having the most number of
death and resurrection. The portrayal is done every barangays at 95 and Patnanungan with only six.
night during the week at the plaza.
Topography
Festivals The Sierra Madre runs along the entire length
Parada ng Kakanin of the province with Mount Banahaw, an active
- It is a yearly event in San Mateo Rizal that volcano, which is about 7,382 feet above sea level as
is celebrated every 9th day of September. Since Rizal the most prominent peak of the range. It has three
is surrounded by rice fields which are their main types of climate. The eastern portion of the Sierra
industry and source of income, cooking rice cakes Madre has no dry season and a very pronounced rain
has been part of Rizalenos life. Bibingka and Suman period from November to January. The southern part
are their specialties when it comes to kakanin. is relatively dry from November to April and wet the
rest of the year. The rest of the province has more or
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 Bibingka is the country’s leading coconut producer. Other
 Suman major crops are rice, corn, banana and coffee.
 Cashew Nuts Although it has vast forest lands, timber and other
forest products are now only in very small quantities.
Accommodations Fishing is a year-round activity because of rich
The City Walk Suites Apartment fishing grounds especially in the many bays.
- The City Walk Suites Apartment in
Antipolo provides accommodation with a garden and Brief History
a terrace. The property is around 2.7 km from Pinto In 1591, Tayabas was created into a province
Art Museum and 2.8 km from Casa Santa Museum. under the name of Kalilayan. Its capital was the
The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk as ancient town of Tayabas, now a barrio in the town of
Unisan where ancient tombs and artifacts can be
found. Marinduque was annexed to Tayabas on  Padre Burgos Submarine Garden
November 10, 1902. On September 7, 1946, Tayabas - It is a shallow coral area which abounds
was renamed Quezon Province. with starfish of several kinds, sea cucumber, sea
urchins, jellyfish and gorgonians. Good for
How to get there snorkeling.
From Manila, numerous buses ply direct  Burdeos Coral Reef
Lucena City. Travel time is about three to four hours. - The corals of Burdeos is one of the richest
marine areas in Quezon. The particular site near
Tourist attractions the Kalotkot Island is one of the best-preserved
 Church of St. Louis of Toulouse (Lucban) areas.
- The church is surrounded by gardens and
grottos, fenced in by old stone walls known Traditions and Cultures
locally as the “quince-quince.” In Lucban, Quezon we always have a
 Feast of San Isidro Labrador (Lucban, Sariaya, tradition of “buhusan” which means during Easter
Tayabas and Gumaca) Sunday, people gets wet by running around town
- Every May 15 in Lucban, people celebrate with pales of water and bath every people on the
the feast day of San Isidro Labrador, the patron streets. Real fun!
saint of farmers, which culminates in a religious
procession, by decorating their houses with Festivals
native Pahiyas usually made of kiping (hanging Taytsinoy Festival
decorations) and taking part in various festivities. - As a part of Chinese New Year the City of
 Lamon Bay (Northern part of Quezon) Tayabas celebrated its Taytsinoy Festival last
- A very rich fishing ground and home of February 2-5, which served as a connecting bridge
various living corals. Some parts of the bay, like between the Chines and Tayabense people. The
beaches in Gumaca and Plaridel, are ideal for festivity also aimed to heal discrimination between
swimming. the Tayabenses and Chinese folks.
 Mt. Banahaw (Western part of the province)
- This 7,382-foot extinct volcano is famous Best Buys
for its mystical attributes. Unique religious’ rites  Broas (Lady Fingers)
are held every Holy Week, participated by  Logganisang Lucban
pilgrims who believe that Christ walked on this  Yema Cake
mountain. Accommodations
 Quezon National Park (Atimonan, Pagbilao, and Hotel Rosita
Padre Burgos) Providing free Wi-Fi, Hotel Rosita is located
- The 983-hectare park is composed of an in Lucena. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with
intricate system of coves, waterfalls, springs, cable channels and a private bathroom. Each room is
creeks, gorges, and ravines against a quaint equipped with a terrace with views of the garden. At
backdrop of lush greenery. the hotel, every room includes a balcony. Certain
 St. Michael Archangel Minor Basilica (Tayabas) rooms are fitted with a kitchen with a fridge. An
- Built in 1585, this church is one of the oldest Asian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. Staff
in the Philippines, as well as the longest Spanish at the 24-hour front desk can provide guidance on
colonial church in the country, with a length of what to do in the area.
103 meters.
 Villa Escudero (Tiaong) Trivia
- Originally a coconut plantation, Villa It is known as "The Coconut Capital of the
Escudero is now a vast resort complete with its Philippines" because it produces more coconut than
own church, an interesting museum, and a unique any other place in the Philippines. Quezon province
restaurant in the middle of a stream. It can be was formerly called “Kaliraya” then “Tayabas”. It
explored either by foot or by riding Carabao- was changed into “Quezon” province only in the year
pulled wagons. 1946.

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