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Quezon Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

An elongated province in the CALABARZON Region in Luzon, Quezon was named after the second president of the country. Previously known by the names Kaliraya and Tayabas, it was explored by the Spaniards in 1571 and 1572 under the command of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi. The doorway to Southern Luzon and the Bicol Region, Quezon is an agricultural province which earned its nickname “The Coconut Capital of the Philippines” because it tops coconut production in the country and made the Philippines the second biggest supplier of coconut in the world. The eight largest province in the country, Quezon’s capital is the growing Lucena City. It was in September of 1946 when the province was formally renamed as Quezon in honor of the illustrious son of Baler (used to be a part of Quezon), the late President Manuel Luis Quezon.

Where to go in Quezon

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How to Get Here

Getting Here
One of Manila’s gateway provinces, Quezon is a picturesque idyllic place deeply rooted in rich Catholic tradition. It is 3 to 4 hours away from Manila via private vehicle or bus.

Quite a number of bus firms are serving this province with terminals in Quezon City and Pasay:
· JAC Liner
· Lucena Lines
· JAM Liner
· Superlines
· Green Star Express

Bus fare from Manila to Lucena Grand Terminal Station is Php 209.00; this is the province’s main transportation hub. You can reach the neighbouring towns via jeepneys with fare that starts from Php 8.00 and may go up depending on your drop off point.

Popular Food

One of Quezon’s pride, Lucban longganisa is recognized for its garlicky and a bit sour taste kind of local sausage. Sold in many parts of the town, Lucban longganisa is best eaten with fried rice with vinegar as its dipping.

(c) @jr_cho / instagram.com

This kind of tikoy is prepared like the usual tikoy but what makes tikoy Gumaca different is that it is wrapped in anahaw leaves making it look like unhusked corn.

(c) @doctetsie / instagram.com

An article of Quezon province is not complete without mentioning ‘lambanog’, a popular Filipino wine made from coconut. It is pure alcohol like vodka thus earning the moniker “Philippine vodka” or “Coconut vodka”. Lambanog, mostly produce in this province, have been around even before the Spaniards came. One can buy these alcoholic beverages commonly sold at roadside stands in Quezon.

A food synonymous with Quezon is the delicious pancit habhab. A local specialty food, it is made from dried sautéed miki noodles, topped with pork, shrimps and vegetables. Some put in a little amount of vinegar to enhance its taste. Eaten without using any utensils, pancit habhab is consumed by directly eating it from a banana leaf.

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Best Time to Go

BEST TIME TO GO
This beautiful Southern Luzon province is a good visit all year round, except for the months of October until January as these are rainy months, while November to February are cool months which makes exploring the different towns pleasurable. Expect tourists to swell during summer especially on the month of May as the biggest festival in the province takes place, the colorful and lively Pahiyas Festival.

Light, casual clothes are preferable when discovering Quezon. Don’t forget to bring sunblock and mosquito repellent patch or lotion as well. It is also sensible to use umbrella or hat while checking out different spots under the hot summer sun.

What to Do

Visit century old churches
A home to many stunning century old churches, Quezon is a visual (and spiritual) treat to all. Every church has interesting story to tell and a historical value worth uncovering.
Enjoy a craft session
Learn a thing or two about the province’s old arts and crafts like buli weaving (buli refers to the dried leaves of buri palm), pottery making and coconut handicrafts.
See the natural sights
From charming islands, to mysterious mountain, to the serene and picturesque waterfalls, Quezon Province yields these stunning landscapes to everyone who wants to know her up close and personal.
Load up on pilgrimage and historical sites
Quezon boasts of one of the country’s most visited pilgrimage site and several important sites and landmarks that tell engaging stories about its rich and colorful heritage.

Estimated Costs

Getting around
Quezon Province, a gateway to southern Luzon, is easily accessible from the Philippines ‘capital city by bus. Transportation to a nearby town can be done by riding a jeepney or van while tricycle can be a good ride hopping from one barangay to another. There are 39 towns or municipalities and 2 cities that make up this province, with Php 8.00 minimum jeepney ride.
Accommodation
Affordable accommodation starts at Php 400.00 to a splurge of Php 3, 800 a night.
Food
Inexpensive meal – Php 120.00
Moderately priced – Php 300.00
Tourist attraction entrance fee
Stats at Php 100.00
Average price per day
Php 1, 250.00 – Php 1, 500.00

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