We can't get enough of our Western Laguna Road Trip that we still want more. So, we decided to go to Lucban Quezon which is only 20 KM away from Nagcarlan. Sabi nga ni Koya Jols, "kung ang 10K run nga natakbo natin, malapit lang ang 20K..." Oo nga naman.. Andito na rin lang kami, eh di isagad na namin ang trip na ito... Hahaha!!! Hindi namin tinakbo ang Lucban ha... From Majayjay, we ride a jeepney bound for Lucban, it took us a little over an hour to reach the town proper.
inside the jeepney going to Lucban
Lucban, subtly nestled at the foot of the majestic Mount Banahaw de Lucban, which towers 1,875 meters above sea level, is about 26 kilometers from Lucena City , the provincial capital. It is located on the Northwestern border of Quezon Province with geographical coordinates of 12 degrees, 33 minutes east longitude and 14 degrees, 7 minutes North latitude.Lying on a slope of Northeast of Mt. Banahaw, it stands at an elevation of 1, 500 feet above sea level. It is bounded on the north by Luisiana, Laguna; on the west by Majayjay, Laguna; on the east by Sampaloc, Quezon and on the south by Tayabas, Quezon.Lucban is approximately 160 kilometers from Metro Manila via Lucena City and 133 kilometers from Metro Manila via Sta Cruz-Pagsanjan route in Laguna and accessible by land transportation. Average travel time is three and a half hours. (Source)
Upon reaching the town, we had some quick photo oppurtunity in the Municipal Hall, the Rizal Park as well as in front of Patio Rizal Hotel and Restaurant before heading to Pagka-Inn Restaurant to have our lunch.
Bahay Pamahalaan ng Lucban - The Municipal Building is right infront of Plaza Rizal at Quezon Avenue, and is very near Patio Rizal and other business establishments. In case, you have any questions about the town, you can approach anyone there. They are very hospitable, and ready to help you out with directions on where to go, what to buy,etc. (Source)
Rizal Park - Known as "Plaza de la Revolucion" during the early period, it is located in front of the Lucban Municipal Building and its centerpiece is the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal . Considered one of the best designed monument in the archipelago, it was conceived and designed by the late Ismael Villaseñor who had won honors not only in the Philippines but also in the International Exposition in Paris during that time. Wide concrete benches afford comfortable seats and concrete posts illuminate the park. (Source)
Patio Rizal Hotel & Restaurant - located right at the heart of Lucban. It is within walking distance from the Rizal Park and Municipal Bldg., the church and other restaurants & Lucban longanisa stores. It is just a few minutes drive/ride to Kamay ni Hesus and other tourist spots. Most importantly, it provides guests with a relaxed stay and magnificent view of Mt. Banahaw. (Source)
Pagka-Inn Restaurant - located very near the town plaza, just a few steps from Rizal Park. They serve delicious Longanisang Lucban and Pancit Habhab. Check out this restaurant when you visit Lucban. Dito kami nag lunch, as we are very hungry already 'coz it's already past 1:00 PM when we arrived in Lucban.
Just one block away from Pagka-Inn Restaurant you'll find the Church of Lucban. Very nice facade, but the interiors were already renovated. Sana kahit ni-renovate nila, they have preserved sana the "old look" of the church.
Church of Lucban - A fine blending of Baroque and Castillian architecture, it measures 180 feet long and 38 feet wide and is located at the center of the town. A beautiful grotto of the Virgin Mary, an architecturally designed presentation of the Ten Commandments and the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament can be found on its side. The church ground, with a gazebo, a beautifully landscaped garden and basketball court, complete with concrete benches and stage, is surrounded by curvaceous wall called "kinse-kinse." (Source)
From the Lucban Church, ride a tricycle going to Kamay ni Hesus shrine, fare is 10.00 pesos each. The shrine is free!, no entrance fee is being collected in the gate. Yahoo!!!
Kamay ni Hesus Shrine - located on the slopes of Mt. Banahaw, Barangay Tinamnan, Lucban, Quezon. It features a church where healing masses are celebrated by the known healing priest Fr. Joey Faller. Also on the site is a 292-steps hill with life size figures depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross. On the top is a large statue of Jesus Christ, a 50-foot statue that is said to be the third biggest in the world. (Source)
From the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine we ride again the tricycle and went back to the town proper and stop by Eker and Ely's Pasalubong store to buy some stuffs before heading towards Sta. Cruz Laguna.
Eker and Ely Lukban Langgonisa and Pasalubong - a one-stop "Pasalubong Store" located near the Lucban Church. Longanisang Lucban, dried Pancit Habhab, and a vast variety of delicacies and native goodies from Quezon are available here. Dito na kami bumili ng pasalubong bago kami pumunta sa terminal ng jeep papunta ng Sta. Cruz Laguna.
A few steps from here, is the jeepney terminal bound for Sta. Cruz Laguna, fare is 45. 00 pesos. Roughly 2 hours of travel going to Sta. Cruz passing thru the towns of Luisiana, Cavinti and Pagsanjan in Laguna.
Dito na kami sumakay pauwi ng Manila, sa GreenStar Bus Terminal in Sta. Cruz Laguna.
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