Monday, May 15, 2006

Ginagamit ba ang Paperclip sa Pahiyas?

My first-ever fiesta experience was amazing! I was wide-eyed and happy the whole day.

The Pahiyas Festival in Lukban, Quezon according to WOW Philippines: Celebrated every May 11 to 15, the Pahiyas Festival coincides with the feast of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. The people of Lucban, Quezon celebrate San Isidro’s feast day in all flamboyance with varied festivities all over town, topped by a religious procession along the streets. The houses are all decorated with native “pahiyas” (décor) called “kiping,” leaf-shaped and multi-colored rice paste wafers. Also thrown in are “suman” (sticky rice), “puto” (rice cakes), fruits and vegetables, rice grains and rice stalks, beautiful and rare flowers and ferns, native lanterns, even “lechon” (roast pig) – all adding to the thousand colors of Pahiyas.

Everything was colorful (lots of YELLOW but not so much PURPLE) and festive and chaotic - just as all fiestas ought to be. Everything was great... except I didn't see any paperclips! (But I did run into Ani and Jordan of Adarna House!) I guess they don't use paperclips to hang up their pahiyas... at least not YET!

Here's one of my favorite photographs: extreme close-up of yellow kiping...

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