Quezon is a province of the Philippines in the CALABARZON region located in the south of Luzon island
Quezon is a province of the Philippines in the CALABARZON region located in the south of Luzon island. The province was named after Manuel L. Quezon, the second President of the Philippines and the first to be freely elected. Lucena is the provincial capital, seat of the provincial government and the most populous city of the province, but is governed independently as a highly urbanized city. To distinguish the province from Quezon City, it is sometimes called Quezon Province. A major tourism draw to the province is Mount Banahaw. The mountain is surrounded by spiritual mysticism with many Anitist adherents, Christian cults, and Christian organizations staying on the mountain. The mountain was also one of the most sacred sites for pre-colonial Tagalog people before the arrival of the Spanish. Numerous pilgrims visit the mountain especially during Holy Week.
Quezon is southeast of Metro Manila and is bordered by the provinces of Aurora to the north, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Batangas to the west and the provinces of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur to the east. Part of Quezon lies on an isthmus connecting the Bicol Peninsula to the main part of Luzon. The province also includes the Polillo Islands in the Philippine Sea. Some marine parts of the Verde Island Passage, the center of the center of world’s marine biodiversity, are also in the province. Quezon province is a popular summer and weekend destination because of its accessibility from Manila, and numerous attractions and things to do. It has many beaches worth a visit or overnight stay, waterfalls to chase, historical landmarks, a colorful festival, and delicious gastronomic offerings. There are many buses that travel to different parts of Quezon so getting here won’t be difficult. How to get there? Quezon is regularly served by buses from Metro Manila and also Batangas City. Most bus traffic through Quezon are bound for Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and also, Mindanao. Some companies operate bus service that terminate in the province, terminating at Lucena. The Maharlika Highway (Manila South Road, or Route 1) passes through Quezon and serves as a major transport backbone. Most motor traffic in the province passed through Maharlika Highway, but it has been experiencing major bottlenecks in the most important towns, resulting to the construction of bypasses. Other entry points when travelling by car are the new Quezon Eco-Tourism Road (Route 422), the Batangas-Quezon Road (Route 435) and Pagsanjan-Lucban Road (Route 605). Where to stay? Quezon’s popularity as a weekend destination has led to the development of tourism establishments. There are many hotels and guesthouses for all budgets in major destinations such as Lucban and Lucena. You won’t have a difficult time booking in both places. There are also resorts and camping sites in Padre Burgos and Mauban. Borawan and Dampalitan, for examples, are popular beach destinations where you can spend the night in.
Things To See And Do In Quezon? 1st activity. Visit Villa Escudero Located in Tiaong, Quezon this estate has a restaurant next to a waterfall, traditional style accommodations, a swimming pool, a museum and everything you’ll need for a relaxing overnight stay or day trip. Take a leisurely walk around, ride the carabao cart or go on a bamboo raft ride to enjoy nature. Taste delicious Filipino food and drinks after a day of activities. There are also cultural shows that showcase the best of traditional dances from different parts of the country. Day tours are from 1100 to 1600 pesos; rates vary depending on weekday, weekend or holiday trips. 2nd activity. Visit Cagbalete Island Located in Mauban, this stunning destination has a golden shore, clear, mirror-like waters, diverse wildlife and a grove of agoho trees. The surroundings are picture-perfect and relaxing. From Manila get on a bus bound for Lucena; the fare is around 210 pesos. Once at the Grand Terminal, board a van or bus going to Mauban for about 70 pesos. From Mauban, you can walk to the port and get on a public boat to Cagbalete for 100 pesos. 3rd activity. Visit Jomalig Island is around six hours away by boat from mainland Real, Quezon. Its golden-sand shore, turquoise waters and idyllic ambiance make it an ideal place to forget your worries. Salibungot Beach and Kanaway Sand Bar are must-visits. To get to the island, board a bus bound for Real in Legarda, Manila for approximately 200 pesos. Once in Real look for the port with boats going to Jomalig. The fare is around 400 pesos. 4th activity. Visit Balagbag Falls is a possible day trip. This multi-tiered waterfall has a cool pool to soak in. You can go up to the second tier and jump off the cliff to get your adrenaline pumping. To get here, board a bus bound for Real, then alight at the Real-Mauban junction. The bus fare is around 170 to 195 pesos depending on if you rode the ordinary or aircon bus. From the junction, board a jeep bound for Mauban and tell the driver you’re going to Balagbag. There’s a 20 pesos entrance fee. 5th activity. Visit Old Churches The province has a rich history exemplified by the many centuries-old churches in various districts. Some of the places to include in your itinerary are the Lucban Church, Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Sariaya, Tayabas Basilica and the Saint Ferdinand Cathedral in Lucena. 6th activity. Visit Fisher Lake If having a boodle fight and eating with your hands by the fish pond sounds tame to you, you can experience something more intense with Fisher walk. Fisher lake is owned by the same owners of Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, but this time, you can actually eat with your feet wet. You are allowed to eat literally on the pond and even have fish spa while you’re at it. 7th activity. Join Pahiyas Festival at Lucban this colorful tradition dates back to a handful of centuries ago. In ancient times, locals wanted to have their harvests blessed at the parish in town and give their thanks for a plentiful year. Fast forward to today, the festival is one of the most famous in the country, attracting a horde of domestic and foreign tourists. There are now contests for the house with the most beautiful design as well as cultural shows, parades, and other similar activities.
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