Lucban Things to Do
Deep rooted in Roman Catholic art and culture, Lucban is home to many beautiful cathedrals, shrines, and artistic photo opportunities. Things to do in Lucban include the Pahiyas festival, visiting the churches, and walking the charming streets to get a view of local culture and lifestyles.
The Church of St. Louis, Bishop of Toulouse
While visiting Lucban take time to stop in The Roman Catholic Church of St. Louis, Bishop of Toulouse. Home to the town’s patron Saint San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, the Pahiyas Festival also begins here. The church originally built in 1593, and then rebuilt again in the early 1600’s and 1740s, is open to the public.
Found in every city, including Lucban, is the Shrine of a local National hero, Jose P. Rizal. Located in front of the Lucban Municipal building, the Rizal Shrine and park is at the center of Lucban right near the Church of St. Louis, Bishop of Toulouse.
Kamay Ni Jesus
Rising up 292 steps, Pilgrimage Hill at the Kamay Ni Jesus is home to 14 Stations of the Cross that climb the hill ending with a large Christ has risen statue. Follow the steep concrete steps or the layered winding path to view each cross-station and the statue at the top. Admission is always free.
The hill is a backdrop to the Kamay Ni Jesus Healing Church founded by Reverend Father Joey Faller. Rev. Faller created the healing church to give those who are sick or spiritually weak a place to feel and experience God’s presence.
Via Dolorosa Catholic Church sits at the bottom of the hill in The Grotto, which boasts life-size statues of religious figures along with the cross. Priests hold daily mass and many visit this location on retreat.
At the Pahiyas festival, the celebration day of The Feast of San Isidro Labrador held on 15 May every year, decorated houses line the streets and the popular Pancit Hab Hab served from street carts during the performances is a must-eat item. Pancit Hab Hab is cultural dish is composed of noodles and local ingredients serviced in a banana leaf and without forks or spoons to eat with. Other cultural dishes and delicacies to try in Lucban include Lucban Longganisa (a type of sausage), broas or ladyfingers, and Hardinera best enjoyed with steamed rice.
Locals use fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and kiping to decorate their exteriors so that the church may bless their harvests and bounty. Kiping is a material made of colorful rice wafers and used to create beautiful decorations.
Whether enjoying the rich spiritual culture or delicate cuisine, there is something for everyone to do in Lucban.
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