Quezon

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

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.

Mount Banahaw is a 7,382-foot extinct volcano, famous for its mystical attributes. Unique religious rites are held during the Holy Week by pilgrims who believe that Christ walked on this mountain. Thousands of people flock to the site at Lent, and as many as 68 registered religious sects hold annual rituals. The mountain endowed with majestic beauty is also a favorite of amulet hunters. Found here is Kinabuhayan, believed to have been where Christ spent his Calvary. Ina ng Awa, near Kinabuhayan and located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, is revered as another mystical site.

The St. Michael the Archangel Minor Basilica in Tayabas, one of the oldest churches in the country, was first built in 1585 and repaired in 1590 using nipa and palm. In 1600, bricks were used to renovate the site.

Bird Island in Polillo is a coral formation that became an island and is now a sanctuary for different species of birds to fly to, from neighboring areas. Lamon Bay, found in the northern part, is a very rich fishing ground and home to various living corals. Puting Buhangin Beach in Pagbilao Grande is a pure white sand beach with crystal clear and calm waters and a small cave at the end. It is a favorite place among the townsfolk, especially during summer.

In the western municipalities of Atimonan, Pagbilao, and Padre Burgos, the Quezon National Park is located. It is 983 hectares of an intricate system of caves, waterfalls, springs, creeks, gorges, and ravines against a quaint backdrop of lush greenery.

Celebrated every 15th of May, Pahiyas is considered as one of the Philippines' best harvest festivals. It is deeply rooted in the traditional thanksgiving celebration for a bountiful harvest. Decorations called "Kiping," leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafers, are the main features of the Pahiyas, which gained national, as well as international, renown for Lucban. It is observed in the towns of Lucban, Candelaria, Tayabas, Sariaya, Tiaong, and Lucena City in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers.

The relatively short distance between Quezon and Metro Manila make the attractions in the province even more inviting, especially for the towns located in the western part. And because Quezon is also a part of the route to the Bicol Region, both by bus and by train, its quaint little towns, which serve as stop-over points for travelers, can benefit much in terms of revenue generation through accommodation and dining establishments.

GEOGRAPHY

In terms of land area, Quezon is one of the biggest provinces in the Southern Tagalog region. It spreads over 870,660 hectares along the stretch of the Japan-Philippine Highway, which links Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao. Its boundaries extend as far as the province of Aurora in the north and Camarines Sur in the south. It is bounded on the west by the provinces of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Batangas and on the southeast by Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

CLIMATE

The province enjoys mild tropical climate and has two pronounced seasons, the dry-cold and dry-warm climate and the cold moist and cold dry climate. The lack of higher mountainous barriers makes some coastal areas prone to the effects of tropical depressions.

POPULATION

The province of Quezon has an estimated population of 1,679,030 as of May 2000, mostly concentrated in the flat-south central portion, which includes Lucena, Sariaya, and Candelaria. The people are characterized as friendly and hardworking.

INDUSTRIES

The people's main sources of livelihood range from land and sea agricultural cultivation to home industries which have lately taken a turn toward the export-oriented light to heavy industries, with the planning and construction of economic zones.

LANGUAGE / DIALECTS

Tagalog is widely spoken by the populace, with the characteristic lilt common to the locate.

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION

The province is composed of 41 towns and one highly urbanized city, which is Lucena City. The province has 1,248 barangays, which include the barangay of Lucena City.

  • SAN PABLO COCO FESTIVAL

    San Pablo City, Laguna

    January 3-16

  • FLUVIAL PROCESSION - Batangas City

    Batangas City

    January 7

  • KAWAYAN FESTIVAL

    Magdalena, Laguna

    January 16 – 18

  • SIKHAYAN FESTIVAL

    Sta. Rosa City, Laguna

    January 18

  • SALIBANDA

    Paete, Laguna

    January 17,18,24 and 25

  • FEAST OF SAN SEBASTIAN THE MARTYR (PALIGONG POON)

    Lumban, Laguna

    January 19 and 26

  • FEAST OF SAN ILDEFONSO TOLEDO

    Tanay, Rizal

    January 23-24

  • CANDLE FESTIVAL

    Candelaria, Quezon

    January 31 to February 2

  • PAHIMIS FESTIVAL

    Amadeo, Cavite

    February 2nd Week

  • NATIONAL ARTS MONTH

    Province of Laguna

    February 1-28

  • PHILIPPINE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS (PHSA) ARTS FESTIVAL

    Tanghalang Ma. Makiling, National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna

    February 6 - March 26

  • HAMAKA FESTIVAL

    Taytay, Rizal

    February 9 - 15

  • LAGUIMANOK FESTIVAL

    Padre Burgos, Quezon

    February 14-17

  • SORTEO GRAND FESTIVAL

    Carmona ,Cavite

    February 16-22 (every three years)

  • SAMPAGUITA FESTIVAL

    San Pedro, Laguna

    February 21-22

  • Philippine International Arts Festival Province of Laguna

    Laguna Province

    February 9, 10, 11, 14, 25, 26

  • DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF BALDOMERO AGUINALDO

    Binakayan, Kawit Cavite

    February 26

  • BANGKERO FESTIVAL

    Pagsanjan, Laguna

    March 6- March 10

  • BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE PRESIDENT JOSE P. LAUREL

    Tanauan, Batangas

    March 9

  • BIRTHDAY OF GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO

    Cavite

    March 22

  • MANOK NI SAN PEDRO FESTIVAL

    San Pedro, Laguna

    March 27

  • BOLING-BOLING FESTIVAL

    Catanauan, Quezon

    March 6-8

  • ANILAG FESTIVAL

    Provincial Capitol Compound, Sta. Cruz, Laguna

    March 8-15

  • SIKARAN FESTIVAL

    Baras, Rizal

    March 15

  • SUMBRERO FESTIVAL

    Barangay Platero, Biñan, Laguna

    March (no definite date)

  • SUMBRERO FESTIVAL

    Barangay Platero, Biñan, Laguna

    March (no definite date)

  • PAGSANJAN BANGKERO FESTIVAL

    Pagsanjan, Laguna

    March 27 - 31

  • PENETENSIYAHAN

    Rosario, Batangas

    March 9

  • CENAKULO (CAINTA, RIZAL)

    Cainta, Rizal

    April 5-6

  • LENTEN OBSERVANCE (SAN PABLO CITY)

    Sn Pablo City, Laguna

    April 5-6

  • ANG HATOL . . . .(THE WAY OF THE CROSS)

    Cainta, Rizal

    April 6

  • GIWANG-GIWANG

    Binangonan, Rizal

    April 6 (good friday)

  • SALUBONG (ANGONO, RIZAL)

    Angono, Rizal

    April 7-8

  • ENCHANTED KINGDOM ANNIVERSARY FIREWORKS COMPETITION

    Enchanted Kingdom, Laguna

    April 1- May 31

  • KESONG PUTI FESTIVAL

    Sta Cruz, Laguna

    April 1- April 9

  • KINULOB FESTIVAL

    Mabini, Batangas

    April (no definite date)

  • TINAPAHAN FESTIVAL

    Lemery, Batangas

    April 29- May 1

  • ANTIPOLO PILGRIMAGE

    Antipolo, Rizal

    April 30- May 1

  • ANA KALANG FESTIVAL

    Nagcarlan, Laguna

    April 13-17

  • THE SUBOK

    Taytay and Tanay, Rizal

    April 5-7

  • PABASA NG PASYON

    San Juan, Batangas

    April 21

  • TURUMBA FESTIVAL

    Pakil, Laguna

    April 10, 16-18, 27 May 6, 18, 27

  • PANDAN FESTIVAL

    Luisiana, Laguna

    April 3

  • FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW

    Social Garden, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna (UPLB)

    April (No definite date)

  • ITIK FESTIVAL

    Victoria, Laguna

    April (no definite date)

  • LILIW GAT TAYAW TSINELAS (FOOTWEAR) FESTIVAL

    Liliw, Laguna

    April 26 - May 1

  • SuMaKaH FESTIVAL

    Antipolo City, Rizal

    May 1

  • "LA LAGUNA" FESTIVAL

    Provincial Capitol Compound, Sta. Cruz, Laguna

    April 20-29

  • BANTAYOG FESTIVAL

    Camarines Norte

    April 13-16

  • SALUBONG (HOLY CROSS FESTIVAL)

    Alitagtag and Bauan, Batangas

    May 2

  • MAKALAWAN "PINYA" FESTIVAL

    Calauan, Laguna

    May 10-15

  • PAHIYAS FESTIVAL

    Lucban, Quezon

    May 14-15

  • BALWARTE SA GUMACA

    Gumaca, Quezon

    May 11-15

  • FEAST OF SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR/CARABAO FESTIVAL

    Angono, Rizal

    May 14-15

  • SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL_ (PANDANAN)

    Luisiana, Laguna

    May 15

  • TAPUSAN FESTIVAL

    Alitagtag, Batangas

    May 31

  • TROMBA FESTIVAL

    Baras, Rizal

    May 1

  • SUBLIAN FESTIVAL

    Bauan, Batangas

    May 2

  • BALSA FESTIVAL

    Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas

    May 8 (every 2nd Saturday)

  • AGAWAN SA SARIAYA(SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)

    Sariaya, Quezon

    May 8-16

  • MAYOHAN SA TAYABAS(SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)

    Tayabas, Quezon

    May 8-16

  • ARANA'T BALWARTE SA GUMACA(SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL)

    Gumaca, Quezon

    May 14-15

  • SINAGINGAN FESTIVAL

    Palocpoc, Mendez, Cavite

    May 15

  • MAUBANOG FESTIVAL

    Mauban, Quezon

    May 16-17

  • KATANG FESTIVAL

    May 25

    Calauag, Quezon

  • CALAUAN "PINYA" FESTIVAL

    Calauan, Laguna

    May (no definite date)

  • MAMANG-OS FESTIVAL

    Tuy, Batangas

    May (no definite date)

  • KALAYAAN FESTIVAL

    Provincewide, Cavite

    May 28- June 12

  • WAGAYWAY FESTIVAL

    Imus, Cavite

    May 28

  • NATIONAL FLAG DAY

    Rizal Park Iligan city

    May 28

  • BACOOR MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL

    Bacoor, Cavite

    May 6-8

  • TINAPAY FESTIVAL

    Cuenca, Batangas

    May 15

  • RIZAL ARTIST FESTIVAL

    Angono, Rizal

    June 1- June 30

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Cavite, Manila, and other historical site, (nationwide)

    June 12

  • RIZAL DAY

    Calamba, Laguna

    June 19

  • DAPITAN'S CHARTER

    Dapitan City

    June 19- June 22

  • FEAST OF SAN ANTONIO DE PADUA

    Pilia. Laguna

    June 24

  • REGADA WATER FESTIVAL

    Cavite City

    June 17-24

  • PARADA NG LECHON

    Balayan, Batangas

    June 24

  • RIZAL PROVINCE FOUNDATION DAY

    Rizal (No definite venue)

    June 11

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Kawit, Cavite

    June 12

  • LUBID – LUBID FESTIVAL AND COW PARADE

    Tiaong, Quezon

    June 24

  • RIZAL WREATH LAYING

    Dapitan City

    June 19

  • ILIGAN CITY CHARTER DAY

    RIZAL PARK, ILIGAN CITY

    June 16

  • SUBILAN FESTIVAL

    Batangas City

    July 23

  • SYENSAYA LOS BAÑOS SCIENCE FESTIVAL

    Los Baños, Laguna

    July ( no definite date yet)

  • KALAKAL FESTIVAL

    Santa Maria, Laguna

    July ( no definite date yet)

  • PADIGOSAN FESTIVAL

    Rizal Park, Digos City

    July 19

  • SELEBRASYON NG BUWAN NG WIKA

    Batangas

    August 1-31

  • SANTONES FESTIVAL

    Barangay Calumpang, Liliw, Laguna

    August 12-16

  • QUEZON DAY/ANGONO DAY

    Angono, Rizal

    August 19

  • ANNIVERSARY OF CRY OF PUGADLAWIN

    Pugad lawin shrine, Brgy. Bahay Toro, Quezon City

    August 23

  • TURUMBA

    Teresa, Rizal

    August 30

  • CELEBRATION OF BUWAN NG WIKA

    Capitol Site, Batangas City

    August (no definite date)

  • MALIPUTO FESTIVAL

    San Nicolas, Batangas

    August 9

  • ARAW NG TAYABAS

    Tayabas, Quezon

    August 13

  • GUILING – GUILING FESTIVAL

    Siniloan, Laguna

    August (no definite date yet)

  • MANUEL LUIS QUEZON BIRTH ANNIVERSARY

    Quezon City

    August 19

  • PARADA NG KAKANIN / FESTIVAL OF NUESTRA SENORA DE ARANZAZZU

    San Mateo, Rizal

    September 9

  • BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF GEN. MIGUEL MALVAR

    Capitol Site, Batangas

    September 27

  • ANIHAN FESTIVAL

    Lobo, Batangas

    September 27

  • BURDANG LUMBAN FESTIVAL

    Lumban, Laguna

    September 21

  • KAWAYAN FESTIVAL

    Maragondon, Cavite

    September 7

  • BAÑAMOS FESTIVAL

    Los Banos, Laguna

    September 17-23

  • MA-TZU FESTIVAL

    San Fernando City

    Sept 23-25

  • KOMEDYA DE SAN MIGUEL

    Rizal Park, Iligan City Iligan

    September 28

  • PAGODA (Feast of St. Francis of Assissi)

    Cardona, Rizal

    October 4

  • LA TORRE

    Cardona, Rizal

    October 6

  • FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LA NAVAL

    Quezon City Hall Ground

    October 3- 12

  • COFFEE FESTIVAL

    Lipa City, Batangas

    October 21

  • CALACATCHARA FESTIVAL

    Calaca, Batangas

    October ( no definite date)

  • EGGStravaganza FESTIVAL

    San Jose, Batangas

    October 8 (Every Second Friday)

  • TINAPA FESTIVAL

    Rosario, Cavite

    October (no definite date)

  • QUEZON CITY 72nd FOUNDATION DAY

    Quezon City

    October 12

  • PAGODA (FEST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI)

    Cardona, Rizal

    October 4

  • ANGONO ARTS FESTIVAL

    Angono, Rizal

    November 5- November 25

  • HIGANTES FESTIVAL

    Angono, Rizal

    November 22-23

  • PASKUHAN SA MARAYKIT

    San Juan, Batangas

    December 5 (1st Saturday of the month)

  • YUGYUGAN FESTIVAL

    Pagsanjan, Laguna

    December 3- December 12

  • FLUVIAL PROCESSION AT TAAL

    Taal, Batangas

    December 8-9

  • MAYTINIS FESTIVAL (GRAND CELEBRATION)

    Kawit, Cavite

    December 24

  • RIZAL'S DEATH ANNIVERSARY

    Dapitan City

    December 30

  • KALUSKOS BAMBOO ARCH FESTIVAL

    Cardona, Rizal

    December ( month long)

  • PASKUHAN SA IMUS

    Imus, Cavite

    December (month long)

  • KABAKAHAN FESTIVAL

    Padre Garcia, Batangas

    December 1

  • FIESTA DE LOS TOROS

    Nasugbu, Batangas

    December 2

  • LAMBAYOK FESTIVAL

    San Juan, Batangas

    December 12

  • ARAW NG MONTALBAN/PAMITINAN FESTIVAL

    Rogriguez, Rizal

    December 21

  • HANDURAW FESTIVAL

    Dapitan City

    December 27-31