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11 Must See Attractions in Lucban, Quezon Province!

I’ve been to Lucban once before, when my family and I visited the Kamay ni Hesus shrine.  However, it never came to my mind that there are other places we can see in this town so I promised to come back. 

I originally planned to just come to this town and the nearby town, Tayabas when I had my first trip alone.  But since I’m there already, I might as well visit the other towns.  I will post a separate blog for that. 
Lucban, a municipality of Quezon located at the foot of Mount Banahaw is famous for its annual Pahiyas Festival. A festival in honor of St. Isidore the Labrador the farmer, celebrated every May 15.

It showcases a street of houses which are adorned with fruits, vegetables, handicrafts and kiping (rice-made decoration that can be eaten).  The houses are judged and the best one is proclaimed the winner. Pahiyas is one of the famous festivals in the country. Its name came from the Indonesian word Hiyas, meaning Decoration.
One of the national heroes, Apolinario dela Cruz, popularly known as Hermano Pule or Puli, is a native of Lucban. He led the major revolt against Spanish rule of the Philippines based on a struggle for religious freedom and independence. He was executed by firing squad at the age of 26. To warn the people not to follow his steps, the authorities cut his head and put in a stake.  His death anniversary is a holiday in Quezon Province. 
The very delicious Pancit Lucban or Pancit Habhab originated from this town. It’s called pancit habhab because it’s eaten voraciously; eaten without using the hand. My former boss, who’s a native of Quezon, said she can remember it being sold in the street using banana as plate and from there it was eaten using just the mouth.
The province is also known for its longganisa (local version of chorizo).  It’s a must buy when you visit Lucban. Not only it’s freshly made but also cheaper compare to the ones you can buy in the city.
Located just behind the church are the stores for native products. You can see almost everything native here such as fan, baskets, bags, etc. They are selling souvenirs too, but they don’t have ones for Lucban. I always get ref magnets for the places I’ve been, but they don't have one.  Hopefully when I get back they already have stocks.

Here are the interesting places to see in Lucban, Quezon Province:
1. Lucban Church (Church of Saint Louis, Bishop of Toulouse)
This church is one of the oldest churches in the country. Like many of the old churches this one also suffered a lot – from natural disasters to world wars. The first church was created in 1593 but ruined in 1629. It was constructed again between 1630 and 1640 but seriously damaged by fire in 1733. Reconstructed again in 1738 but partially destroyed during the World War II in 1945. The Philippine Historical Commission renovated it in 1966...read more>>
 
2. Lucban Municipal Hall
This is located just a few minutes walk from the church. I was just exploring the streets when I saw this building.  Not much to see but still worth visiting. You’ll never know, time might come and you need to do things here. In this building are the Mayor's Office, Municipal Treasurer's office, Municipal Administrator office, Planning office & Engineering office...read more>>

3. Native Products Stores
Located just behind the church are the stores for native products. You can see almost everything native here such as fan, baskets, bags, etc. They are selling souvenirs too, but they don’t have ones for Lucban. I always get ref magnets for the places I’ve been, but they don't have one.  Hopefully when I get back they already have stocks. 

4. Eker and Ely Lukban Langgonisa and Pasalubong
This pasalubong store is located just after the native products stores. They offered lots of treats & sweets and they are well known for their longganisa (local version of chorizo).  When I asked some locals where to buy longganisa, they told me to go to Eker. Aside from longganisa, they also offered lots of treats & sweets...read more>>

5. Kamay ni Hesus Shrine & Grotto (Via Dolorosa Grotto)
This is I think the number one tourist spot in the province.  This has become a popular place for families that want to feel and experience the presence of God. The main attraction is the 50-foot  statue of the ascending God from atop a hill. Kamay ni Hesus is a religious shrine located in Brgy. Tinamnam, Lucban, Quezon. Constructed in 2003 and completed in 2004, this place has been the venue for Senakulo, a catholic ritual during the Holy Week and other religious activities...read more>>;

6. Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church
Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church is located inside the vicinity of the Kamay ni Hesus and situated just before the hill where the Ascending Jesus statue is standing. The church is a very popular place for people with illness and has found nothing to cure them. Founder of the Kamay ni Hesus Ministry Foundation, Inc. (KHMFI), Reverend Father Joseph "Joey" Faller, a native of Lucban, performs a healing mass in this  church.  Father Joey perform a lot of healing miracles not only in the Philippines but also in other countries...read more>>;

7. Batis Aramin Resort & Hotel
Situated at the foot of Mount Banahaw across the Kamay ni Hesus is the Batis Aramin. A family owned property converted into a resort that offers accommodation and activities. I've heard about this resort from the old lady I've met at the bus going to Lucena.  She said I should check this out because it's beautiful.  And when found out that it's just across the Kamay ni Hesus, I decided on checking it out...read more>>

Other Places of Interest:
8. Mt. Banahaw
9. Marcos Tigla Park
10. Kalbaryo Hill
11. Apolinario "Hermano Pule" Dela Cruz Monument (Sitio Pandak)

Please click here on how to get to Lucban in Quezon Province.

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