June 25, 2017

Marinduque Travel Diary: Lucban Side Trip

"For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair, and taste the infinite salt in her lips.” A quote by an anonymous author which basically sums me up and God only knows how much I'm dying inside that I only got set foot on a beach after a year! 

Work, time, budget constraints and all other things hindered me from doing so the past year. But this Summer I made sure not to miss going to the beach anymore. It's been calling me and my soul has been begging me to go, just go (haha! I write and think exaggeratedly most of the time) Good thing me and my friend Clara finally found some time to hit the beach.  Our destination? Marinduque

This is my first time to travel outside Luzon by land. It took us 5 hours of land travel to General Luna, Quezon Province where the jump off point to Maniwaya Island is. Then we boarded a mini pump boat to the island which took around an hour or less. It was raining the morning before but thank goodness the sea was calm. And it was like that the whole time we were there as evidenced by some of the photos and videos I'll include in this blog post.

Marinduque is a part of Luzon still and considered as the heart of the Philippines. It is also the location of the famous Moriones Festival. Although we were not able to visit the mainland, we only stayed at Maniwaya Island. Well there's my reason to visit again. Right? 

So, Lucban isn't part of Marinduque anymore but on our way back we did a side trip here. We spent around 30 mins to an hour at this old historic town of Quezon Province.

Some of us checked out the old church which was founded around the 1500s. The church and town is very old world. We bought some Lucban longganisa (sausages) and other local delicacies like banana chips and lady finger biscuits from the famous store in Lucban: Eker and Ely Store. I also bought a wooden whisk called "batidor" that is used to mix tablea (chocolate) to make it foamy and thicker. They're authentic and cheaper if you buy from Lucban.

And since I love the local noodle dish called Pancit Habhab I bought two orders from one of the stores beside the church selling them. It tasted so good even without the vinegar that you usually mix it with. One thing I've noticed from the pancit habhab in Lucban is that it does not contain meat but only vegetables unlike the ones they sell in Manila. But it was still flavorful nonetheless. A trip to Quezon, for sure, will never be complete without buying Lucban longganisa and Pancit Habhab.

Tour was arranged by: A & A Travel and Tours

Read more of my Marinduque 2017 trip: 
Marinduque Travel Diary: Maniwaya Island
Marinduque Travel Diary: Ungab Rock Formation
Marinduque Travel Diary: Sunong Bato Beach
Marinduque Travel Diary: Palad Sand Bar
Marinduque Travel Diary: Sunrise Watching at Maniwaya Island
Marinduque Travel Diary: Lucban Side Trip
Marinduque Travel Diary: Travel Video

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