Lucena City, a Metropolitan City with an Ambience of Countryside
The City of Lucena is indeed a place of recreation, entertainment and business, which is situated in the heart of Quezon Province. Dubbed as the Cocopalm City of the South, The Gateway to the South, and the Entertainment Capital of Southern Luzon, Lucena City is the one and only, first-class and highly-urbanized city in the province of Quezon. The main industrial establishments here are banks, shopping centers, food processing companies, automotive shops, restaurants and the like. And although Lucena is a highly-urbanized city, agro-industrial based products here were not neglected. As a matter of fact, there are rice mills and coconut oil mills that are situated in the city, as well as fishing ports and animal farms.
There are also a vast of recreational and entertainment facilities here in Lucena City such as resorts, hotels, spas, salons, gyms, resto-bars, and malls. Truly everything that a city has to offer is here! And even though Lucena is a metropolitan city, it is not your kind of city with all the pollution and heavy traffic jam and city noises, it is a city within a province, thus the ambience of a countryside remains. You can still see rice fields and corn fields around, especially on the barangays adjacent to the poblacion. Lucena City also has a rich and colorful history. The city’s struggle, progress and all that it’s been through before it achieves its Cityhood was even made into an indie film last 2010 by TV/Film Director, Felino Tañada, entitled “Buenavista (Ang Kasaysayan ng Lucena)”. Now, that is something that Lucenahins should be grateful about! And we, at talk@tee, are also proud to say that we hail from the City of Lucena!
Chami is the most popular noodle dish of Lucena City. That’s why during the Pasayahan sa Lucena last 2006, Chami Festival was incorporated in order to promote this Lucena’s very own native delicacy.
The Pasayahan sa Lucena was first held in 1987 and was once a 3-day festival (May 28-30) which was created to showcase the interrelationship between man and nature and to promote the tourism of the city. As the festival becomes successful and popular, the 3-day festival was then extended to week-long and then to month-long festivity. The main highlights of the festival are: the Grand Parade which is similar to Mardi Gras of Brazil, the Chami cooking and eating contests, the street painting, and of course the street party and night market were spread out on the stretch of Quezon Avenue. The Pasayahan Festival was also celebrated in honor St. Ferdinand of Castile, the patron saint of Lucena City.
If you’re interested in knowing more about Lucena City, you can visit Lucena City’s community website at Lucenahin.com.ph.