Pahiyas harvest festival, Lucban
During our expedition to Mt. Banahaw the botanists and entomologists were able to take a small break to tour the annual harvest festival in the nearby city of Lucban. The tradition is to decorate your house with plants of the harvest, especially rice and coconuts but also many other plants. There is a competition and a large sum of money for first place. The botanists enjoyed identifying the plants that the entomologists were busily consuming from the street vendors.