PHOTOS: A tour of Quezon province
Heading to Quezon province for the annual Pahiyas Festival? Take a tour of the province as well by visiting some of these popular destinations.
During a familiarization trip organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association and the Department of Tourism, ABS-CBNnews.com and selected members of the media visited the Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Church in Lucban; Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Calle Budin, Malagonlong Bridge and Capistrano Distillery in Tayabas; and the Rodriguez Ancestral House in Sariaya.
Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Church
The Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Church in Lucban is founded by Fr. Joey Faller in an effort to provide a haven for people who are sick, both physically and spiritually.
Visitors can attend masses at the church or make their way to the top of the Via Dolorosa Grotto of Healing and Purification, which is marked by a 50-foot statue of Christ.
An area also features life-size statues of saints and other religious figures, as well as scenes from the Bible.
Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel
The Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Tayabas is known for its long aisle, old church bells and key-shaped blueprint.
Since it was built in 1585, the church has been renovated several times.
Visitors can hear mass or take a walking tour of the spacious basilica, which has been declared a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines.
Calle Budin is a narrow street in Tayabas that is lined with stores selling different food items such as the well-loved cassava cake called budin.
An ideal place to buy pasalubong, Calle Budin is also home to Lucban longganisa, pancit habhab (stir-fried noodles served in banana leaves), nilupak (a snack made with either mashed cassava, sweet potatoes or plantains), pinagong (turtle-shaped bread), broas (ladyfingers), cassava chips and espasol (cylinder-shaped rice cake).
At 445 feet long and more than 100,000 adobe blocks used, Malagonlong Bridge in Tayabas is said to be one of the longest bridges ever made during the Spanish colonial era.
Malagonlong Bridge crosses the Dumaca-a river, connecting barangays Mateuna and Lakawan as well as the municipalities of Mauban, Pagbilao and Tayabas. Natives said the bridge can still carry vehicles but is now only open to pedestrians to preserve its integrity.
The family-owned Capistrano Distillery in Tayabas is one of the leading makers of lambanog (coconut vodka) in the Philippines. It sells lambanog in a variety of flavors, from original and grape to pineapple and bubble gum.
Making lambanog is risky as it involves a person walking from one coconut tree to another and collecting sap while 30 or more feet above the ground. From here, the sap undergoes fermentation, cleared from impurities and distilled to create lambanog.
Rodriguez Ancestral House
Built in 1922, the Rodriguez Ancestral House in Sariaya is a product of workmanship of artisans from Batangas and Pampanga. This house of Catalino and Luisa Rodriguez used to be the venue for important occasions such as the victory party of President Manuel L. Quezon.
After its restoration began in 1992, the spacious home has been open to visitors who want to have a glimpse of old Philippine life.