At the foot of the marvelous Mount Banahaw is the small municipality of Lucban in Quezon Province. The rural life of Lucban is what makes the place simple yet offbeat. Local tourists and travelers from around the world visit Lucban for several reasons: the food, the weather, the colorful festival, and the ancestral houses.
Going to Lucban is easy. From Manila, you can take the route going south to Laguna. It will take roughly 3 up to 4 hours of land travel. There are millions of reasons to love Lucban aside from the cozy inner roads and thrifty boutiques. Let me share you the 10 of the best things to do when you are in Lucban.
Have Lucban Longganisa for Breakfast
Longganisa has always been so prevalent in the country, as a matter of fact, almost every destination has their own variety of it. In Ilocos Sur, they have their famous Vigan Longganisa just as how Lucban has their own style – the LucbanLongganisa. I actually can’t find the exact words to describe the taste of LucbanLongganisa. Basically, it is garlicky and deliciously flavored with spices.
Longganisa is one of the best food to eat for breakfast. Partner it with fried rice and egg, oh! I totally swear you’d have a great day having this as a starter. There are lots of eateries in the small town of Lucban, and one of the most frequented restaurants is Buddy’s Pancit Lucban and Longganisa (which has branched out in Manila). The cozy restaurant serves authentic Lucbanin fares and most especially the LucbanLongganisa.
And don’t forget to eat Habhab
Pancit Habhab or simply Habhab is another famous local food in Lucban. It is made from dried noodles known as MikiLucban. It is mixed with other ingredients (sahog, a Filipino term for “other ingredients”) such as chayote or Sayote, Bok Choy (pechay), shrimps, pork liver, garlic, and other spices.
The PancitHabhab is eaten in a unique way. You don’t need silver utensils nor chopstick. The pancit is placed on a Banana Leaf, and you have to eat it directly, just don’t include the Banana leaf, though.
Pancit Habhab is available almost in every corner of Lucban. It is best enjoyed in the morning. Perhaps, it is perfect no matter what time of the day it is. Add a little bit vinegar in it, and I promise you, you’ll love it!
Try Budin for Dessert
And of course, a meal is never complete without munching desserts. And one of the best food in Lucban I can recommend for your sweet cravings is the Budin – a cassava cake native in Lucban, Quezon. You can purchase Budin in Pasalubong stores. This sweet cassava has a perfect density, the right level of sweetness, and the stickiness that when you bite, the cake will sort of embrace your teeth.
Enjoy the colorful houses
Tourists from around the world go to Lucban mostly to witness the colorful houses in the summer season of May. Houses are being decorated with colorful fruits, vegetables, or any crops that can add color and design to the house. Most of the houses are decorated with colorful Kiping, a leaf-shaped wafer. The event is primarily for the celebration of the Pahiyas Festival that is being observed by the locals as their thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest. The feast lures several travelers. It is also the time of the year where the streets are crowded with walking sightseers and vacationers mostly families and clusters of peers.
And also the picturesque vintage homes
Unless Lucban celebrates the colorful feast, the town goes back to its archetypal figure – strip of vintages houses that stand along the narrow inner roads. Crossroads stay orthodox, and the people continue their daily living. But it is not as boring as it sounds because the antique structure of houses will awe you. Most houses in Lucban are quite similar with those in Calle Crisologoin Ilocos Sur. They have hardwood flooring, and the windows are made with capiz shells. The exteriors are inspired by the Spanish colonial era. Though some of the vintage houses were renovated, improved, and some were turned into business establishments. Nevertheless, you will feel classic and vintage as you wander the streets of Lucban.
Walk the streets like you’re in New York
I’ve never been to New York, though. And I must admit, Lucban does not have the concrete jungle that creates dreams nor the big lights to inspire you (Nice song, by the way, Alicia Keys!) But Lucban has the avenues with shops, stores, and boutiques just like New York. In fact, Lucban is almost occupied with business areas, restaurants, and pasalubong centers. Each store is just a walk from each other. You can roam all over the town in just a day. Food carts and kiosks are always present in almost every street. The people are warm and humble.
Merchandises being sold in the shops are thrifty and practical. You will even save more if you are good in bargaining.
Eker and Ely Lucban Longganisa and Pasalubong
Eker and Ely Lucban Longganisa and Pasalubong is one of the most popular and most visited pasalubong center in Lucban aside from ABCEDES. They have a wide variety of pasalubong treats mostly pastries and other sweets such as Broas (a local version of ladyfinger), macaroons, Pastillas, Piaya, Mazapan, miki Lucban, peanut brittle and several more. But their best selling is the Lucban Longganisa. The Longganisa is so famous that people would actually line for it. I guess if LucbanLongganisa is a movie, it’s a blockbuster! The Longganisa is sold per dozen with choices of two sizes: small and large.
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