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Niyogyugan Festival 2018: Quezon’s Colorful Tropical Party with Coconuts! Edit

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Angelo Perez  • Contributor
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Lucena City, Quezon — If you’re familiar with the Pahiyas Festival, Niyogyugan is the same, except with a twist. It’s all about going loco over coconuts!

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Niyogyugan Festival. Photo by Jian Genovana.

This August 9 to 20, Quezon Province is uniting all towns and cities through another elaborate harvest celebration, the Niyogyugan Festival! Niyogyugan Festival is taking place mostly at Perez Park Compound (click to see map) and at the Quezon Convention Center (click to see map). This year’s line-up of events is featuring two concerts and one big main event!

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Niyogyugan Festival. Photo by Jian Genovana.

On August 10 (Friday), 7:00 pm, Nyoy, Yeng, Angeline, and Eric are belting their voices out at the Niyogyugan Concert. On August 15 (Wednesday), 7:00 pm, Parokya ni Edgar is going to rock the stage at Niyogyugan Na! Cocojam Na! Meanwhile, the grand Niyogyugan Parade is taking place on August 19 (Sunday), 3:00 pm. See the complete calendar of events below.

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Niyogyugan Festival. Photo by Jian Genovana.

The 12-day harvest festival is also having an agri-tourism expo to showcase the local products of Quezon’s 39 towns and two cities. Parade floats, stalls, and establishments are decorated in full native coconut-based designs. Dancers and performers from all over the province are also coming over to give us a full coco-crazy show.

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Niyogyugan Festival. Photo by Jian Genovana.

There’s yummy local food everywhere too, and so many places to see in and around Lucena City! Just jump to the lower part of this article to see the best things to do and places to stay in Lucena.

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Niyogyugan Festival. Photo by Jian Genovana.

Schedule of Activities and Events

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Niyogyugan Festival Schedule of Activities and Events


August 9, Thursday

5:30 am, Pagbubukas ng Niyogyugan Festival in Perez Park (Umagang Kay Ganda live coverage)


August 10, Friday

7:00 pm, Niyogyugan Concert featuring Nyoy Volante, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto, and Eric Santos at the Quezon Convention Center


August 11, Saturday

6:00 am, Niyogyugan Swimming Challenge

7:00 am, BJMP Dental & Medical Mission at the Provincial Jail

7:00 pm, Bb. Niyogyugan 2018 Coronation Night at the Quezon Convention Center


August 12, Sunday

5:00 am, 3rd Niyogyugan Triathlon 2018 - Register here!

1:00 pm, Dog Show sa Niyogyugan at Festival Stage, Perez Park

7:00 pm, Open stage - Local Bands to play at the Festival Stage, Perez Park


August 13, Monday

10:00 am, Manuel Luis Quezon Discussion Series at STI College

7:00 pm, Open stage - Cultural Night at Festival Stage, Perez Park


August 14, Tuesday

7:00 am, Araw ng Pamilyang Magsasaka at the Quezon Convention Center

7:00 pm, Gabi ng Kulturang Quezonian: Songwriting Competition Winners at the Festival Stage, Perez Park


August 15, Wednesday

7:00 am, Araw ng Mga Guro, 1st and 3rd District, at the Quezon Convention Center

7:00 pm, Niyogyugan Na! Cocojam na! Featuring Parokya ni Edgar at the Quezon Convention Center


August 16, Thursday

7:00 am, Araw ng Mga Guro, 2nd and 4th District, at the Quezon Convention Center

5:00 pm, Quezon Medalya ng Karangalan Awards Day at the Queen Margarette Hotel


August 17, Friday

7:00 am, Provincial Women’s Convention at the Quezon Convention Center


August 18, Saturday

4:00 pm, Zumba sa Niyogyugan at the Festival Stage, Perez Park

Niyogyugan Arts Exposition - A Painting Competition at the Pacific Mall Lucena

7:00 pm, Gabi ng Kabataang Quezonian at the Festival Stage, Perez Park


August 19, Sunday

7:00 am, Floral Offering for Manuel L. Quezon at Block 4, Perez Park

3:00 pm, Niyogyugan Grand Parade featuring JM de Guzman and Yassi Pressman;

includes street dancing competition, dance showdown competition, and float competition, at the Quezon Convention Center


August 20, Monday

7:00 am, Regional Award for Child-Friendly LGU a the Quezon Convention Center

1:00 pm, Awarding of Booth Competition Winners

Things To Do in Lucena City, Quezon

Lucena City

The capital of Quezon, Lucena serves as a major service center and a transport hub to different towns in the province. Points of interest in the city include the 1908 neoclassical art-deco Quezon Provincial Capitol, the 1884 Lucena Cathedral, and the public Perez Park. Do try the local favorite pancit chami, a stir-fried noodle dish with chicken, prawn, and vegetables.

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The altar of San Fernando Cathedral otherwise known as Lucena Cathedral. Photo by Nickrds09.

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The delicious pancit chami of Lucena City. Photo from AngSarap.net.

Things To Do near Lucena City, Quezon

Tayabas City

Tayabas is known for the 16th century Baroque-style Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel and its wedding-worthy 103m-long aisle. Other things to do in town are visiting the heritage sites Casa de Comunidad de Tayabas and Malagonlong Bridge. What makes Tayabas unique, however, are the delicacy street Calle Budin and the lambanog distilleries which have made Quezon the country’s lambanog capital.

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Casa Comunidad de Tayabas. Photo by Jay Ermitaño.

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One of the native delicacies sold along Calle Budin. Photo by Jay Ermitaño.

Sariyaya

Sariaya became one of the wealthiest towns during Quezon’s coconut boom in the early 20th century. You can visit the monastery-looking St. Francis of Assisi Church and its accompanying museum, and from there, tour the surrounding streets dotted with several antique mansions. One of the most visited is the two-storey Villa Sariaya, declared a heritage house by the National Heritage Institute.

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Inside Villa Sariyaya. Photo by Jay Ermitaño.

Lucban

Lucban is host to the country’s most colorful festival, the Pahiyas Festival, every May. The town turns into a pilgrimage site during Holy Week when hundreds of people climb a hill to see the 50-foot-high Kamay ni Hesus Shrine. Other things to do include joining the Buhusan Festival on Easter Sunday and visiting San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Church and Museo Publico de Lucban.

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At the summit of the hill featuring Kamay ni Hesus statue. Photo by Irvinne Redor.

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The view from the hill of Kamay ni Hesus. Photo by Irvinne Redor.

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San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Church. Photo by Camissiona.

Pagbilao

An emerging tourist destination, Pagbilao features white-sand beaches, island hopping destinations, and lots of seafood! It is home to the 500m Bilaran or Balugbog Baboy Sandbar, the apostrophe-shaped Patayan Island and its 400m pebbly sandbar, and the firefly-watching site Pagbilao Mangrove Experimental Forest.

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Balugbog Baboy Sandbar in Pagbilao. Photo by Jay Ermitaño.

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Patayan Island in Pagbilao. Photo by Jay Ermitaño.

Where to stay in Lucena City, Quezon

At Explora, you can discover and book the best places to stay wherever you are in the Philippines. Booking is easy, seamless, and secure, with multiple payment options!

Queen Margarette Hotel

Nawawalang Paraiso Resort and Hotel

Balai Sadyaya Resort

Batis Aramin

How to get to Lucena City and other towns in Quezon

From Metro Manila, the easiest way to get to Lucena City and other points in Quezon is by bus. Take a bus from any of the terminals listed below and head to Lucena Grand Central Terminal in Lucena City. Travel time is 3 to 4 hours, with a fare of around P200. From Lucena, you can get to other points in the province by hopping onto another jeepney or bus.


Bus Terminals in Metro Manila going to Lucena:

EDSA Kamias - Jac, Lucena Lines, Grand Star, or Tritran bus

EDSA New York - Jam Transit bus

EDSA Pasay - BLTB, Philtranco, JB Line Bicol Express, or Inland Trailways bus

Pureza - AB Liner bus

Lawton - N. dela Rosa bus

Metropolis Alabang - N. dela Rosa, Jac Liner, AB Liner, Barney Autolines


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