When we think about the word Quezon and festival, what comes first to our mind is the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban. But did you know that there is also a unique festival worth seeing and participating in which just a few kilometres away from Lucban?
Quezon Province is known as the leading producer of coconut product such as coconut oil and copra. A large part of the province is covered in coconut plantation and majority of Quezonians engaged in agriculture are in the coconut industry. To celebrate the tree of life, the Niyogyugan Festival was organized by the Provincial Government of Quezon. They also called it Agri-tourism Trade Fair or Araw ng Pamilyang Magsasaka. It is also the month to commemorate the birth of then President Manuel L. Quezon, the illustrious son of the province.
The Niyogyugan Festival comes from the Filipino term “Niyog” (coconut) which is the main product of the province and “yugyog” (shaking to the beat) means to shake the industry by emphasizing the culture, traditions and values and everything that depicts the tree of life and how it influence the life of Quezonians.
The Perez Park of Quezon Provincial Capitol of Lucena City, is filled with colourful booth and superb creation from different municipalities and cities of Quezon Province. Each town has their own product to offer from crafts, delicacies and other products displayed in their individual handcrafted booths.
The Niyogyugan Festival highlights the use of the coconut from its tree to fruit and all the products created from it. The participant from different municipalities and cities of Quezon Province showcases their products made from coconut tree and other products from their town. Their stands are stunning as they creatively boost the products from the coconut tree touted as “Tree of Life” in a fun and artistic way. The theme for this year would be “Tara na sa Quezon: Niyogyugan Festival 2016” and would take two long weeks starting August 18 -28, 2016.
Some of the booths from different municipalities of Quezon;
A closer look inside one of the creative booths
Various activities are in line such as awarding of outstanding farmers, concert of different artist like Inigo Pascual, Daniel Matsunaga, Arci Munoz, Bamboo, Hashtags and more, parade and float competition, the pageant for Bb. Niyogyugan and the awarding ceremonies for different competitions including the selection of best booth.
It’s my first time to witness this festival and I can say that it is worth to see as I was astonished with all the creativity they put in this festival.