Finally, I got the rest I needed after traveling to Lucban in haste. We left our place (Nueva Ecija) Thursday, 9 in the morning and after skirting through different southern towns, we reached the Baguio-like town of Lucban. We chose to traverse via Manila this time, paying as many toll fees as we try to evade roads with traffic build-up. Starting at SCTEX, then NLEX, then, SKYWAY, then, SLEX, then, STAR Tollway. Whew! Costly. The backdoor route via Marcos Highway could have been free from too many toll fees
But, my companions wanted to be more adventurous by discovering new routes. We ended up exiting Sto. Tomas, Batangas and then, when we reached San Pablo City, we missed our turn and ended up crossing too many Quezon Provinces; Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, then finally reaching Lucban town at 5pm. Circling the long way road…
Though, the visit to the place was too tiresome, the moment we arrived at the small town, relatives and friends treated us with so much foods that I had to beg off and retire to bed at 11 pm in the nearby Plaza Rizal Hotel.
Fourteen hours of travel, back and forth, whew! But the few hours we’ve spent there were amazingly filled with FOODIE GALORE!
The famous Lucban longganisa, the pancit habhab, the suman tamales, their local bread called bonete, and many more delicacies. I would want to eat more, but, only the stomach can allow…we should have stayed longer…oh! there was already a planned visit this May, at the town’s fiesta, the famous Pahiyas Festival…we hope.
Then, the next morning, Friday, after climbing the Kamay ni Hesus grotto and visited some friends, we toured the town’s church (we missed the market) and went on buying few pasalubongs….
Did you know that Lucban has implemented the “NO PLASTIC” use in all shops? Instead, they use brown bags and bayong for every purchases. The use of bayong has been very impressive. The town has minimized their thrash build-up. The town area, despite the bustling people and the many vehicles coming to and fro at Rizal Avenue (main thoroughfare), it was mazingly CLEAN.
Hence, I went home with 2 “bayongs” courtesy of our host. I filled mine with longganisa, broas (lady finger), puto seko, merengue, pancit habhab, and along with small other items. I had also bought postcards and other souvenir items and yes, I bought 3 colorful wide-brimmed hats. Perfect for the sweltering heat this summer.
That was a quick and tiring tour…but, FUNNNN!!!
PS. More on the Kamay ni Hesus post, the Plaza Rizal Hotel (thumbs up for this small hotel which is just in front of Lucban’s municipal hall) review, the pancit habhab and longganisa experience. Yay! I had so much to blabber…but, my house chores were waiting for me.
Will keep you posted on the happenings…CIAO for now…will have to cook the pancit habhab for dinner…