Pahiyas festival is celebrated every 15th of May in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the Patron Saint of farmers. The celebration is a form of thanksgiving by the locals for a bountiful harvest. Houses are beautifully adorned with local’s bountiful farm produce such as fruits, vegetables, grains and the likes. But best of all, residents make vibrant colors of kipings to decorate their houses. Kipings are leaf shaped wafers made from rice flour gracefully arranged to create beautiful designs. Grand prize winner for the best decorated house gets Php100,000!
We arrived at my cousin’s house at 6:20 AM. She and her hubby were still preparing food for our breakfast so we decided to go outside to check out the houses first. It is best to go to the festival as early as you can to avoid flocks of people attending the festival.The streets get busy and overly crowded in the afternoon that it would be hard to take pictures of you in front of the colorful houses. We were not able to check out all the participating houses for the competion since light rain showers started to pour in. We just decided to go back to my cousin’s house so we can have breakfast. At 10am, it became apparent that massive crowds started to build up and we got lazy to explore other streets since it would be difficult with 5 kids in tow. After purchasing some pasalubong and souvenirs, we just went back to the resort where we were staying.
We all wore black for a nice contrast against the colorful background.