MANILA, Philippines – In Quezon province, farmers highlight the month of May with a festival called Pahiyas, in honor of their patron saint whose feast day falls on May 15.
One of the Philippines’ most colorful festivals, Pahiyas, features signs of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest, such as the colorful leaf-shaped rice wafers called kiping, as well as other fruits and flowers. Farmers in Quezon do this to celebrate the feast of San Isidro Labrador, or St Isidore the Laborer (or the Farmer), a 10th century saint who is believed to intercede to God for farmers’ sake.
In the town of Lucban, Quezon alone, municipal officer Cornelio Raneses estimated around 300,000 to 500,000 in this year’s Pahiyas. “The festival not only promotes the local tourism of Lucban town and Quezon province. It also generates income on the part of the local government of Lucban as well as other Quezonians,” Raneses said.
Below are images from this year’s Pahiyas captured by Joule Visabella and panoramic photographer Fung Yu.