I was supposed to take the first trip to Lucena City but I slept too much. I was sluggish as I took the Light Railway Train from Central to Buendia Station. My mind was still sleeping when suddenly a group of European backpackers went inside the train. Hmmmp! I tweeted, “To all backpackers in the Philippines, it doesn’t hurt to take a shower, its hygienic too!” (Pinoy backpacker seated beside a foreign backpacker).
I boarded the DLTBCo bus and passed by the familiar sight of South Luzon Expressway. This has always been my route when going back to my home province of Los Banos, Laguna. I wanted to stop by for a while at Laguna but I thought it would be better if I continue towards Quezon Province. I met with Mela, Emely and Jennifer, some blog readers from Quezon, who messaged me on Facebook when I was still preparing for this journey that they will tour me around their province. We ate a good lunch at Lucban, toured the old historic town then went to Tayabas, church-hopped while munching on everything we found on the streets- toasted siopao, buding (cassava cake), nilupak (mashed banana topped with grated coconut), pancit habhab (Lucban’s version of pancit where you put a generous amount of vinegar). This province is just two tours away from home but it looks so foreign to me. I haven’t explored it before or even participated in the colorful and vibrant Pahiyas Festival. Ohhh well, I’m not into festivals and I don’t enjoy places when there are so many tourists around.
Tayabas Church’s spacious and vibrant interior
San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish Church, Lucban, Quezon. Famous for the celebration of Pahiyas Festival
This province south of Manila was a shocker, really, I was saying “WOW,” “HUWAW” in each stop over. We enjoyed touring around Quezon and capped it off at the Tayabas Capitol where the big letters Q U E Z O N can be seen on the grass portion of the provincial plaza. Tayabas is the old name of this province. My tummy was full when we went on separate ways, my new friends fed me well- lunch, three meriendas and dinner. They even gave me something to eat for the ferry trip to Marinduque.
I previously wrote 10 Things to do in Quezon Province that you might want to check.
By 10:00pm, I was in already at Dalahican port waiting for the 11 o’clock trip to Cawit Port, Gasan, Marinduque. I’m excited as I have heard a lot of amazing things about this province.
Slumber Challenge: Hammock on Ferry
Since the ferry trip is about 4 hours, I decided to hang my hammock on the ferry rails rather than sleep on the chairs provided. The sea breeze and gentle swing of my cocoon-type hammock lulled me to sleep. I was in paradise really quick. I woke up as the ferry was about to dock at Cawit Port. Marinduque- the heart of the Philippines here I come.
Route: Manila – Lucena City, Quezon – Lucban – Tayabas – Lucena City – Dalahican Port
Expenses for Today: Php286
8- maceda to central terminal
15- central to gil puyat
210- gil puyat to lucena
20- lucena to lucban
8- lucena to SM