“Cradle of Philippine Art”

            The province of Quezon, flocked for a festival and venerated for a volcano, is Metropolitan Manila's gateway to Southern Luzon and the Bicol Region. It is an elongated province east of Manila and the downward chain of Luzon provinces. Although close to the metropolis, it has retained many of its legacies, traditions, and relics. 

 

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GETTING THERE

By Land: The province of Quezon is about three hours from Manila. Take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and exit at Calamba. This will take you through Laguna and then to Quezon. Commercial buses leave daily for Lucena from bus terminals in Quezon City and Pasay City.

 

  • JAC LINER - Ali Mall Terminal,Cubao,Quezon City Taft Avenue cor. Buendia, Makati City.
  • LUCENA LINES - Buendia, Makati City Cubao, Quezon City
  • JAM LINER - Buendia, Makati City Cubao, Quezon City
  • SUPERLINES - Cubao, Quezon City A. Ave. Barangka , Marikina City
  • PNR TRAIN - Tutuban Station, Manila City
  • GREEN STAR EXPRESS - Taft Avenue cor Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. Pasay City
  • AB LINER - Sta. Mesa, Manila Cubao, Quezon City
  • N DELA ROSA - Novaliches, Quezon City Alabang Muntinlupa Cubao, Quezon City
  • DLTB  - Taft Avenue cor Sen. Gil puyat (Buendia)
  • RAYMOND BUS - 246 Teresita St. Near Nagtahan in Sampaloc, Manila Northbound Edsa, Cubao Quezon City

 

LUCENA GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL

Quezon province's main transportation hub. Located along Driversion Road, the terminal offers daily trips to Manila and to the Municipalities of the province via buses, vans and jeepneys. also located inside the terminal compound.

 

RESORTS AND HOTELS

Quezon offers hotel that can accommodate up to 2000 guests. Resorts are widely available especially to coastal municipalities such as Sariaya that has a wide lane of beach resorts in Brgy. Guis Guis. Resorts offer various services to the weary and or to the active bodies.

 

RECREATION AND WELLNESS 

Quezon combines the wonders of its natural resources and some commercial establishments to offer.


GETTING AROUND    
A bus is a good choice as a mode of transportation for long travels. Quezon Province has 40 municipalities. And so, if you are going to travel in far distances, the bus is the right choice. If you are going to transfer to a nearby town or municipality, jeepneys are also available in the province. A tricycle is the type of transportation that is also used within the place. You can hire this transportation but only for short distance travels.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Tagalog
  • English

 

LET’S GO TRY

  • Lucban Longganisa
  • Budin (Quezon's own version of Cassava Cake)
  • Lambanog
  • Kalamay
  • Pancit Habhab
  • Hardinera
  • Yema Cake
  • Kilawin na Baboy

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Try the famous “Lambanog”
  • Play with the waters!
  • Enjoy Mother Nature (Visit the Quezon National Forest Park)
  • Try their famous Pancit Habhab by eating it voraciously!
  • Walk in the longest aisle of any church in the country (Basilica of San Miguel Arcangel in Tayabas)

 

DELICACIES 

A visit to Quezon is never complete without a take home of the various delicacies available all over the province. Visit the Calle Budin in tayabas for the sweet Budin (Cassava Cake) and 'nilupak'. Get  additional sugar rush from boat tarts, pastillias, yema cake, coco jam. Pasalubng stalls and stores are located along the road but more concentrated along Lucena, Lucban, Sariaya and Tayabas.

 

ORGANIC FOOD /PLANTS/ CROPS

As food basket of the South Luzon, Quezon is home to various crops that are organic, free from chemical substances and are frreshly picked  and harvested from the farm to market for selling.

  •  SENTRO PAMILIHANG BAYAN IN SARIAYA
  •  ORGANIC MARKET AT PEREZ PARK IN LUCENA CITY every Fridays of the month 
  •  EARTH KEEPERS GARDEN IN TIAONG
  •  BANGKOK KAHOY VALLEY IN DOLORES 

 

MUST SEES!

  • MALAGUNLONG BRIDGE 

Also known as Dumakaa Bridge, it served as a replacement of Malagunlong Bridge, the oldest bridge in the province. It carries a major road linking Tayabas City with Pagbilao. It is located in Barangay Lakawan, Tayabas City.

  • VILLA ESCUDERO

Hacienda located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south of the city of San Pablo, Laguna province on the border with Quezon province in the Philippines. opened Its doors as a resort offering village tours, museum tour, food and accommodations. It has developed a worldwide reputation as a focal point to experience Philippine culture and history in a beautiful rural setting

  • BALABAG FALLS

Balagbag Falls is just around fifteen (15) minute drive from the Pacific Recreation Kamp or "the PaRK".  After enjoying surfing at the PaRK, the next destination is usually this falls which offers clear and fresh water. 

  • CAGBALETE ISLAND

This 1,640 hectares privately owned island is home to a diverse ecosystem. With unique variety of birds, rich marine life, and the abundance of unique species of plants, the island is a complete paradise for adventurers and nature lovers.

  • KAMAY NI HESUS 

Kamay ni Hesus Lucban Quezon Schedule of Mass of Father Faller is one the highlights of being there in Brgy. Tinamnan, Lucban, Quezon. Father Faller healing mass is only done in a specific day of the week that’s why you should plan your out of town trip ahead of time. 

  • HUSGADO CAVE

 

  • MALICBOY FALLS 

Malicboy Falls is one of the most frequently visited picnic spots in Pagbilao. One needs only about thirty to forty-five minutes walk to reach the Falls.

 

  • IRINGAN FALLS

Iringan Falls is one of the hidden beauties of Pagbilao. I did not know of its existence until I saw a painting of it in Pabs Glodoviza's workshop. Kuya Pabs is a local artist known for his lifelike paintings and murals used as backdrop in schools and in the church. The Iringan Falls painting, together with his other works can be seen in his studio at Rizal Street, near corner Gomez in the Pagbilao town Proper. The term "IRINGAN" is pronounced slowly in the locality. Strangers who might pronounce it with a fast accent on the second sylable would make the the word to mean "a petty quarrel".

 

  • HIDDEN KAGBUHO FALLS

Is located 7km due northeast of town of Pagbilao, Quezon.  It lies upstream on one of the tributaries that feed the Palsabangon River.  Kagbuho and 3 other waterfalls along its waterway have remained seen by only a handful of people, mostly only by the local folks and the visitors and trekkers whom they have invited to see the place.

 

  • TABON CAVES

Transport yourself to a place that can truly be called a land before time. This ancient wonder connects you to the earliest Filipinos reaching as far back as 22,000 years and shows you life as it was back then. Located at Lipuun Point, on the east coast of quezon.

 

NATURE:

  • MT. BANAHAW 

this extinct 7,382 foot volcano is the spiritual center for many religious sects and is said to be endowed with mystical power. Unique rites are held every Holy week by pilgirms wo believe that Christ walked on this mountain.

  • QUEZON NATIONAL FOREST PARK (QUEZON PROTECTED LANDSCAPE) 

this 983 hectare park boasts of wildlife and intricate system of cave, waterfalls, springs creeks, gorges and ravines.

  • PAGBILAO MANGROVE FOREST 

declared protected in 1975, it has become a showcse of mangrove conservation that teaches valuable lessons to students of natural sciences.

  • LAMON BAY 

a bay that opens northern Quezon to the Pacific Ocean. most parts of the bay are defined by gray sand, rocks and corals.

  • TAYABAS BAY 

the area of tayabas bay in Sariaya is well-developed for tourism due to the wide stretch of gray sand dotted with resorts and picnic areas.

  • PUTING BUHANGIN BEACH/ KWEBANG LAMPAS (PAGBILAO, QUEZON) 

a 70 -meter long stretch of white sand and crystal-clear water

  • BORAWAN AND DAMPALITAN ISLANDS IN PADRE BURGOS 

two islands, untouched by commercial establishments that offer a breathtaking view of the sea, white grainy sand , made of corals and shells with large rock information surrounding the island.

  • CAGBALETE ISLAND (MAUBAN , QUEZON) 

a white sand beach where the changing of tides is very evident. During low tide the waters can move as far back as 1 kilometer, leaving the shore dry and exposing all the rocks and coralas that may be underneath.

  • ALABAT ISLANDS 

alabat islands are composed of 3 small towns. perez in the northern tip, alabat town proper at the center and quezon in the south, the island boast of warm waters, scenic beauty, floral and fauna, clean environment, beaches, mountain ranges for hiking and camping and of course the warm treatment of the Alabateños.

  • POLILLO ISLANDS 

this islands has been identified as one of the priority areas for biodiversity conversation because it is home to at least seven endemic species and sub-species of fauna and numerous other biologically important species.

 

CENTURY OLD CHURCHES:

  • ST. MICHAEL DE ARCHANGEL MINOR BASILICA , TAYABAS CITY - Built in 1585
  • ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CHURCH, SARIAYA - Built in 1599
  • ST. LOIUS OF TOULOUSSE, LUCBAN - Built in 1593
  • CATHEDRAL OF SAN DIEGO DE ALCALA, GUMACA - Built in 1582 but burned by dutch pirates in 1665. the church was rebuilt and was remodeled in 1846. it is now considered the oldest and biggest cathedral in the whole of quezon province.
  • ST. FERDINAND CATHEDRAL, LUCENA CITY - Founded on march 1, 1881 THE parish church of st. ferdinand, now st. ferdinand cathedral, was constructed from May 1882 to July of 1884
  • ATIMONAN CHURCH, ATIMONAN- Built in 1640

 

ADVENTURE:

  • TREKKING AND HIKING AT PINAGBANDERAHAN, ANTIMONAN QUEZON
  • MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, PILGRIMAGE HIKING AND CAVING AT MT. BANAHAW
  • LONG BOARD RAZCE AND BICYCLE MARATHON AT QUEZON FAMOUS ZIGZAG '' BITUKANG MANOK'' ROAD.

   

ARTS AND CRAFT:

  • BULI WEAVED MATERIALS IN MOST PART OF THE PROVINCE WITH FOCUS IN SARIAYA, UNISAN, SAN NARCISO, LUCBAN, MAUBAN. PAGBILAO, SAMPALOC.
  • WOOD CARVING IN GENERAL NAKAR
  • POTTERY IN TIAONG
  • HANDICRAFTS MADE FROM COCONUT IN CANDELARIA
  • NATIVE HOME DECORS AND HANDICRAFTS IN TAYABAS 

 

MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES: 

  • GINTONG YAMAN ng Quezon Museum, Lucena City 
  • DIOCESAN MUSEUM, Tayabas City
  • MUSEO NG DEBOSYON AT BUHAY, Sariaya
  • VILLA ESCUDERO MUSEUM, Tiaong
  • MUSEO NG MAUBAN, Mauban

 

PILGRIMAGE RETREAT SITES:

  • MT. BANAHAW, Dolores
  • KAMAY NI HESUS, Lucban 
  • NOAH'S ARK, Lucban
  • BANGKOK KAHOY, Dolores Quezon 

 

NATIONAL /HISTORICAL SITES:

  • PUENTE DE MALAGONLONG

One of the oldest bridges in the century in Tayabas built by Spanish colonizers. the bridge is 445 ft. long and made of about 100,00 adobe blocks.

  • CATHEDRAL OF SAN DIEGO DE ALCALA, GUMACA 

Built in 1582 but burned by Dutch pirates in 1665. The church was rebuilt and was remodeled in 1846. it is now considered the oldest and biggest cathedral in the whole of Quezon Province.

  • RIZAL HILL PARK/ CALVARIO (MAUBAN QUEZON)

 Known as Calvario, this is the highest point of location in the town of Mauban. Used as place for religious activities during the Spanish period and former headquarter of the American Soldier. The Rizal monument was built in 1925 as tribute to the national hero, Jose Rizal.

 

NATIONAL HISTORICAL LANDMARKS:

  • CASA COMMUNIDAD DE TAYABAS

 Constructed in 1831, this serves as a guest house for Spanish dignitaries, became a garrison, a school and a museum and known as the biggest 'BAHAY NA BATO' ever restored by the National Historic Institute.

  • QUEZON  PROVINCIAL CAPITOL 

Provincial Capitol formerly known as Tayabas Capitol. A lot acquired by the Tayabas Provincial Government from Attorney Filemon E. Perez in 1908. It was constructed according to the detailed of ''KASANGUNIANG ARKITEKTO'' act no. 1637, April 30, 1907 and reconstruction and enlargement in 1930 in the administration of Gov. Maximo Rodriguez. After the World War II, it was reconstructed again by U.S. Philippines Rehabilitation War Damage (tidings) act. April 30, 1946 and was named Quezon Provincial Capitol by the republic act. No. 14 Sept 7, 1946.

 

NATIONAL HISTORICAL TREASURE:

  •  KUTANG SAN DIEGO (SPANISH FORT) 

It is the only remaining structure built under the super vision of the Franciscans during the latter part of the 18th century. it was erected to help guard the town against  sea pirates. the fort is located in the town proper of GUMACA. near the pier.

  • ST. MICHAEL DE ARCHANGHEL MINOR BASILICA  

Oldest century key shaped church in Quezon built in 1585. Stand as the tallest structrure in town with 28.80 meters. in height Also known for having the longest aisle of 103 meters in length with a working clcok on the bell tower. This church was proclaimed as Basilica Menor by Pope John Paul II Jan. 21, 1989.

 

HERITAGE HOUSES:

  • GALA (RODRIGUEZ ANCESTRAL HOUSE - A two storey Gala

Rodriguez house owned by one of the most prominent couples in Quezon and is said to have been used as headquarters by the japanese occupation forces during World War II and later by the American forces. In May 14, 2008, the mansion was declared as a national herritage site by the Historical Institute (NHI).

  • GOVERNOR NATALIO ENRIQUEZ ANCESTRAL HOUSE  

An Art Deco style house designed by European schooled architect Andres Luna de San Pedro, the son of artist Juan Luna built in 1931. it was declared by the National Historical Institute as a Heritage House on May 14, 2008.

  •  ENRIQUEZ - (GALA HOUSE) 

This big house was built to replace a much older residence that burned in the Japanese-started greatfire of 1944, Among its featuresare an arched roofed - entrance topped by a curved veranda, a silo-like outside wall with small windows where a curving flight of stairs inside leads to the second floor of the house as well as three cathedral-type arched side doors with Corinthian style column embellishments that open to the garden toppped byanother veranda upstairs held by the curving crowns of ionic columns.

 

 

 LET'S GO TO FESTIVALS & EVENTS  MANUEL LUIS QUEZON BIRTH ANNIVERSARY: 

  • PAHIYAS FESTIVAL 

(held every May 14 & 15 -  the Philippines best known harvest festivals to honor San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers.)

  • BOLING-BOLING FESTIVAL 

(held every March 6 to 8 - the festival reminds us of the vulnerability of a man and serves as symbolic spiritual cleansing and signals the start of the Lenten season.)

  • CANDLE FESTIVAL   

(held every January 31 to February 2 - A three-day celebration to reflect the devotion of the people of Candelaria.)

  • MANUEL LUIS QUEZON BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

 (held every August 19 - Birth anniversary of the President of the Philippine Commonwealth)

  • HARVEST FESTIVALS 

In quezon during the merry month of may. quezon is know to be an agricultural land and farming is the primary source if income of quezonians, the cultural, tradition and festivals are mostly about thanksgiving for abundant blessings and produce.

  • ARA?AT BALUARTE 

In GUMACA, fruits and other agricultural products are hung and displayed in elaborate shapes and designs.

  • AGAWAN IN SARIAYA 

Celebrates bountiful harvest and generosity by giving away everything that us decorated on the house.

  • HAGISAN 

The tradition in taybas is to throw suman and other produce as their way of sharing.

  • NIYOGYUGAN FESTIVAL 

every august, quezon celebrates, niyogyugan aims to showcase the tree of life which has been the main source of income for most of quezonians in the early party of the century. it also aims to ''shake'' the industry by featuring the cultural, the traditions, the values, everything that depicts the tree of life and how it affects the life of typical quezonian. 

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Quezon isb also known as “The Coconut Capital of the Philippines” because it produces more coconut than any other place in the Philippines.
  • Quezon province was formerly called “Kaliraya” then “Tayabas”. It was changed into “Quezon” province only in the year 1946.
  • Quezon Province the eight largest province in the Philippines, is located in the Calabarzon region. it has boundaries extending as far the province of Aurora in the North and Camarines Norte in the South. 
  • The total land area of Quezon is 870,660 hectares or 8,706.60 square kilometers representing the largest in the region (53.63?%) and the sixth largest in  the philippines accounting for 2.96% land area share.
  • It has 39 municipalities and 2 urbanized cities; Lucena and Tayabas City. Lucena is the capital of quezon and has a total of 1,242 barangays that is administratively divided into four (4) congressional districts: District 1, District 2, District 3 and District 4 

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL:
The province has no pronounced dry season so tourists are encouraged to visit any time of the year except for the province's rainy months which are from October to January. May is Quezon's best option to visit the province with the Pahiyas Festival as the it's main showcase.

 

TRAVEL TIPS:

   WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING?

Casual clothing is recommended. Shorts, jeans, T-shirts, sandals and or/rubber shoes are best worn during summer. Umbrellas, raincoat and jackets are particularly useful during the rainy months. Other useful items are sunblock, insect repellent, swimwear. Jeans/Jogging pants, highly visible clothes (i.e. yellow,orange, or red) and outdoor shoes are recommended for those who plan to go hiking, trekking, rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.

 

WHEN TO VISIT: 

Year round: peak season-summer months from March to early June; August - Provincial festival celebration; and November to February when the temperature is relatively cool.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

More than 300 resorts and hotels with lodging ranging from native huts to cottage to air conditioned rooms are available. Hotels in Lucena City (Quezon Capital), offer dining and convention facilities.

 

 

 


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