I only hear about the Pahiyas Festival held every month of May in Lucban, Quezon Province. My idea of the festival is limited to the colorful “kiping” leaves used to decorate the locals’ house facades.
Being a Filipino festival, I just assumed that the local townsfolk celebrated it with merriment similar to other festivals around the Philippines. I have yet to experience the actual Pahiyas.
Not until last May 15, 2010 where Samsung Philippines sent a bus of media people and bloggers from Manila to Lucban to experience Pahiyas!
I was so excited then as it was my first time to witness the Pahiyas Festival. Although traffic was unfortunate and forced us to skip some towns, we arrived in Lucban around 3pm. We had to walk for about 20 minutes towards the inner streets of the town.
From then on, I witnessed Pahiyas in different shades and colors.
As part of the Samsung–Pahiyas tour, we got to use Samsung’s latest products in the camera line. I got to use the new mirrorless Samsung NX10 with interchangeable lenses. It’s their new-concept camera that boasts of high performance and portability. My personal camera takes a backseat for a while. 🙂
Check out the Pahiyas photos I got below.
The Pahiyas Festival is celebrated every 15th of May to honor their patron saint of farmers, St. Isidore (San Isidro).
This traditional festival dictates a showcase of the abundance in harvest by decorating houses with fruits and vegetables. basically everything part of their agricultural produce or handicrafts.
A symbolic representative of this is the ‘kiping‘ which are rice wafers shaped as leaves. It is made with different colors to serve as decorations. It is later on eaten grilled or fried.
The colors of the kiping and the creativity of the locals made the Pahiyas festival as one of the most colorful today.
More on Samsung NX10
The Samsung NX10 combined the professional image quality of a DSLR and the portability of a compact digital camera. By the end of the year, a total of six lenses will complements the camera.
These include the Compact Zoom Lens and the Pancake Lens, both of which give users a high level of optical performance without the bulk of other lenses. The Tele Zoom Lens and two types of Standard Zoom Lenses promises to deliver with outstanding quality.
The NX10 also received the 2010 Innovative Digital Product Award from the Digital Imaging Marketing Association (DIMA), given at the annual PMA (Photo Marketing Association) show in California. It is given to products which utilize new technologies or applications that make a product either distinct or the first of its kind.
Here are some of Samsung NX10 key features
- 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- Samsung NX mount (25.5 mm flange-back distance)
- 720P movie capture at 30 fps
- Contrast-detect autofocus
- 3.0” AMOLED screen (614,000 dots, PenTile RGB array)
Of course, I couldn’t leave Lucban wihtout the tasting Pancit Habhab and Lucban Longganisa. 🙂
We also passed by ‘Sulyap‘ where we had breajfast and dinner.
I hope to explore the Pahiyas Festival from the other areas of Quezon next time. I believe, their Pahiyas Festival would be distinct in some way or the other, and even possible with Samsung again. 🙂
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