06 June 2010
Travel: Agawan Festival at Sariaya, Quezon
The second stop for the Ultimate Pahiyas and Viaje del Sol tour was at Sairaya, Quezon. Tina Decal, undoubtedly one of the best tour guides in Quezon helped prepare a breakfast buffet for us at the Natalio Rodriguez Ancestral House. The group was serenaded during breakfast and was later offered lambanog to drink.
After the hearty breakfast, the group then proceeded to the Agawan Festival Route.
“The Agawan Festival is an annual agricultural festival held in Sariaya, Quezon, Philippines every 15th May.
The name describes the main feature of the fiesta procession. As the parade winds its way through the streets, people snatch the goodies and other produce hanging on the houses they pass by or on a pabitin, specially made for the parade. At the same time, people in the houses throw food, fruits and money into the parade.”
Colorful buntal hats are festooned all over the faÃ§ade of houses.
String beans are draped on windows to make curtains and banana trees are used to adorn fences and carts.
The primary, and most traditional, element in the decoration was the bagakay, or young bamboo branches from which junk food, fruits, candies and money were hung for people to snatch as they pass by.
Here comes the marching band.
Travel Date: 15 May 2010
Budget:Ultimate Pahiyas and Viaje del Sol tour — PHP 4,800 per person (all-in inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner, all entrance fees and demonstrations, tourist bus transportation, the best personal guide in Quezon â€” Tina Decal), plus surprises along the way.)
Place: Sariaya, Quezon
Address: Sariaya, Quezon
Telephone Number: TBA
Others: Ultimate San Isidro Festival and Viaje Del Sol Culinary Tour:
- Ugu Bigyan’s pottery (read blog here)
- Sariaya breakfast at Natalio Rodriguez Ancestral Home with welcome ritual of lambanog and observe Agawan Festival (read blog here)
- Graceland Estates and Country Club (read blog here)
- Tayabas, Quezon (read blog here)
- Lucban for Pahiyas Fiesta Tour with snacks at Cafe San Luis (read blog here)
- Sulyap Gallery Cafe for dinner (read blog here)
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