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pahiyas 2014 part two: timpalak pahiyas

Posted on: June 9, 2014

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after lunch, we headed to lucban, the bus was parked a few kilometers from the town proper, we could have easily walked but we didn’t want to suffer heatstroke so we decided to ride a tricycle, luckily, we found a nice driver who didn’t ask for too much fare and then we had to walk from the mouth of the town since it was so packed with people already. they put streamers by that area, thought they were pretty.

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speaking of the heat, we arrived at lucban at midday when the sun was trying to fry us all off so i bought a large and sturdy floppy straw hat because i was having difficulty taking pixxors while holding an umbrella, it shaded my whole face. its patterns looked seamless too, this was such a bargain at less than two hundred pesos, the ones at the mall sell for around eight hundred.

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there were so many contests that showcase lucban’s specialties and produce, they even made food carts, if only the stalls in metro manila could be this creative… anyhoo, after several blocks of searching we found the streets where the houses were decorated for timpalak pahiyas.

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most houses had colorful kiping chandeliers. they’re so pretty and they instantly brighten up even the unpainted houses. on a side note, kiping is made of rice and can last for months. people fry or grill them, i tried some and they’re like unflavored popcorn with the texture of corn chips.

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some houses had the kiping arranged into flowers. i liked the giant yellows and pinks they used to cover windows.

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lots of houses had a combination of both flowers and chandeliers, almost completely covering their verandas and walls… and some even have sponsors!

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there were many other things aside from kiping that were used as decoration, i found the cutest carabao covered in produce, they had fruit and vegetable insects, and yes, paper decorations of course.

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along the streets were fun and cheap goods, i kept stopping for five peso drinks from aunties who were fussing over the pancit habhab and fruit juices. one house was selling yakult and had a large yakult mascot, hahaha! there were native products like bags and baskets, i even found a mirror, heehee! there were lots of toys, the jumping frogs and mermaid dolls were interesting. they also sold plants, like succulents and orchids.

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my most important purchase from this trip though was two dozen longganisang lucban, half was for my sister and the other half was for pasalubong… but after i gave my sister’s share, i ate the other half in two sittings. it’s that good!

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p.s. i found a maneki neko at one of the streets… and you know what, i had a pretty lucky day!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

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