In the noise of class requirements, work pressures, and other hustle and bustle, we’re all looking for weekend getaways that can take us away from the sight of the ‘to do lists’ and the feelings of pressure or stress. We all wish that amidst all the noise of the madding crowd, there’s an escape button that we can push to run away from human concerns causing us headaches and sleepless nights.
But do you know that we do not have to go anywhere else just to see wonderful places and have an adventure to remember? The ultimate travel stress reliever and serenity that you’re dreaming of is just within the vicinity of our province.
Just recently, Quezon Province was hooked to the Department of Tourism (DOT)’s Destination of the Year 2017 backstopped by the success of the annual Niyogyugan Festival. But all over the province are all-around natural destinations topped by exotic foods, pristine white sand, little known magnificent falls, and historical places that you can explore to discover and experience Quezon.
Three to four hours of land travel from Manila will take you to our province for a visit. But our fellow kababayans in Quezon may not be aware of the wonders our province has to offer. To all aspiring travellers and adventure seekers, here are a few spots that you should try:
Nature at its best is what you can see from our prime virgin beaches and white sand sites such as Mauban’s Cagbalete Island, San Andres’ Alibijaban Island, Pagbilao’s Kwebang Lampas, Padre Burgos’ Borawan and the long stretch of beach of Jomalig, Quezon itself.
If you’re opting for a resort, you can also visit the famed Villa Escudero in Tiaong that will welcome you as you enter the province from the metropolis in the boundary of San Pablo City and Tiaong, Quezon. Batis Aramin in Lucban also has good amenities for sports and fun activities for tourists and other visitors, plus you’ll get lovely cold weather to boot.
But if you’re not the beach-type seeking kind of tourist, the province has more to offer. During the summer season, feel the explosion of colors juxtaposed against rustic life in the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban. Tayabas also stages its Mayohan while Sariaya displays the Agawan Festival. The festivals are reflective of how people in this part of the country value farming and blend it with reverence for San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers.
Pasayahan in Lucena City is also a feast to experience. In the middle of the year, every August, Lucena City also celebrates Niyogyugan Festival in celebration of the province’s prime product – coconut. All towns participate in a booth exhibition to show visitors their products.
If you’re up to heritage adventures, you can try visiting Sariaya’s ancestral houses or take a snap of the historical Malagonlon Bridge in Tayabas City and Iskong Bantay watchtower in Atimonan. Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban also holds healing masses and has a wonderful depiction of important biblical events.
The province also boasts of magnificent waterfalls like the Balagbag Falls, Aliw Falls, Bantakay Falls, Gapas Falls, Aloco Falls, Hinaaan Falls, Salacan Falls, Lumilay Falls, Dahoyhoy Falls, Hagdan-Hagdan Falls, Alitap Falls and Bisbis Falls.
Locals say that there are more waterfalls in remote villages of Barangay Cagsiay II and Cagsiay III, near the boundaries of Real, Paete, Lumban, Kalayaan, and Cavinti. Meanwhile, the nearby town of Sampaloc boasts of Hangga or Maapon Falls, Buho Falls and Asedillo Falls.
The Quezon experience would not be complete without trying out our local delicacies, longganisang Lucban, pancit habhab, chami, budin and pinagong. Make sure, too, that you take a swig of our famous lambanog.
Indeed, being DOT’s Destination of the Year entails much more than just the recognition. To find out why, why not experience the destination yourself and let Quezon Province enthrall you.