Quezon province is a true haven of colorful festivals. Every town in this province has various festivals that really attract tourists.
Gumaca, a town located at the mouth of Pipisik River and nestling at the foot of the Sierra Madre range is known for its Araña’t Baluarte Festival. This event is celebrated every 15th of May, in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers.
Here’s more information about this Festival.
The festival is celebrated every 15th of May, in honor of San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers. This is also a thanksgiving feast for the bountiful harvest given to the farmers every year. Being an agricultural town, this is one of the most extravagant and well-attended festival of the town. The name means chandeliers (araña) and bastion or fort (baluarte). This festival is different from Pahiyas in Lucban – instead of houses being decorated with local produce, baluartes are decorated with various agricultural products like bananas, vegetables, buco, pineapple, and root crops; some are beautifully arranged in arañas. These crop decor are pulled out by the people after the patron saint has passed during the afternoon procession. The three most beautifully decorated baluartes are given prizes. At night, programs are held which includes a pageant aptly called “Mutya ng Araña’t Baluarte”, folk dances performed by students, teachers, and local townsfolk who would like to participate in the event.