- The people of Tayabas are very hospitable; they are partly composed of well -to- do Chinese mestizos—Jean Mallat, French Historian 1846
Pre-Hispanic Philippines or the time before 1521 showed contacts with Asian neighbors: the Chinese. Pottery was known to the natives but the Chinese introduced porcelain and ceramics. Though already prevalent in most south-east asian neighbors prior to Filipino contact with the Chinese, introduction of wet-type rice farming or the native tubigan is popularly attributed to the Chinese. Tayabas Tagalog lexicon is rich in Chinese vocabulary mostly related to culinaries. In architecture, the presence of lion statues in front of Minor Basilica of St. Michael is reminis- cence of Chinese influence. The Chinese were skilled masons and artisans and in 1758 had furnaces for bricks along the road to Lucena, a nearby town south of Tayabas.
Taytsinoy Festival honors the Tayabas Chinese-Filipino community and the early Chinese settlers who came from Amoi, China. Celebrated during the Lunar Festival or the Chinese New Year, the 3-day event showcases Chinese Memorabilia Exhibit, traditional Chinese foods and games, fora on Chinese culture and history, music and movies. Highlights of the festival is Dragon and Lion Dance which ushers in the Chinese New Year.
Tayabas Tagalog word Aguyod means "walking in an orderly passion towards one direction", as defined in the book, Lexicography of Tayabas Tagalog by Arsenio Manuel, published by the University of the Philippines. In Aguyod Festival people, young and old troop to Tayabas for merriment.
Aguyod Festival showcases various disciplines--- religious, social, cultural, local tradition and beliefs. Premiered in 2008, it rallies in advocating the protection of the environment. Opening salvo is Parada ng mga Carrosa ng Dalaginding ng Aguyod and Street Dance Showdown.
The carrosas or floats are 100% made from recyclable materials gathered and supplied by junk shops in Tayabas and expertly redesigned and handcrafted by Tayabasin artists. Gowns worn by participating Dalaginding ng Aguyod are from recycled junks.
Other activities like street dancing and beauty pageant are redesigned to promote love for the environment.
A stellar attraction during the month of May. A grand colorful and folsky Parada ng Baliskog welcomes guest to Mayohan Festival. Kog means arc, a welcome arc. The more imaginative decked it with local flowers and palay. Yearly, 66 barangays, government and non government organizations, art groups join the parade. A display of baliskog made indigenous materials like coco leaf, coco husk, bamboo poles. buli, rattan, dried flowers and tistis filed the streets and the summer season.
Suman is the ritual gift of Hagisan. Hagisan is an opportunity for the Tayabasin to share their prosperity. Bundles of suman are gaily tied in a bamboo called bagakay, exhibited and installed at households along the procession route. As soon as the image of San Isidro passes by the bagakay must be emptied of its colourful array of abundance, which aside from suman, includes banana, mango, buko, pineapple and other local farm produce. In most houses, suman and other farm produce are no longer tied in bagakay, they simply throw them with passion and great enthusiasm from their decks, balconies, or windows to the multitudes of peasants and workers. Hagisan means throwing or sharing away.
“Pa’yas kay San Isidro” is visual delight. All houses along Felimon Perez Street in the four barangays of Muntingbayan District are decked with indigenous materials and fresh farm produce. Viewing is every May 13th to 15th.
Mayohan Festival ranks as major festival in the region. It continually draws large number of crowd since it started in 1989.
Trece De Agosto - Araw Ng Tayabas (August 12th -13th)
Heroism and victory is the theme of celebration every 13th of August or Trece de Agusto.
Calle Trece de Agosto, the street named after the historic day of victory and liberation from the Spanish colonizers is the place of celebration..
Fun, food and drinks. Street parties, concerts, singing contests, marathon and other games capped the celebration.
The Local Chief Executive delivers State of the Municipality Address on this day.
Fiesta - The Feast Of Saint Michael The Archangel (29th September)
The fiesta is in honour of Saint Michael the Archangel, Tayabas’ patron saint. Ushering the celebration is a nine-day novena leading to the feast day, September 29th. The town glows white with angels on parade--- children dressed as cherubims fill the streets.
Viernes Dolores De Turumba
Viernes de Nuestra Senora Virgen de Los Dolores de Turumba is a religious festival. Folksy dance and chants filled the air as devotees join the procession.
Holy Week/Lenten Season - Passion Of The Christ
A tableu on the Passion and Death of Christ is staged at the patio of the Saint Michael the Archangel Minor Basilica. Local artists, actors and talents perform the roles.
There are four (4) Episcopal Districts in the Diocese of Lucena. The Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel belongs to the Episcopal District of St. Luke in the Vicariate of St. James. As a whole the Vicariate of St. James comprises three (3) parishes—Parish of St. Michael the Archangel, Parish of San Roque, Parish of Mother of Perpetual Help.
PARISH OF ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
Location Tayabas, Quezon
Pioneering Evangelizers Friars of the Franciscan
Province of San Jose, Spain: Friar Juan de Plasencia and Friar Diego de Oropesa
Erected as Minor Basilica on October 18, 1988 by the Congregation for Divine Cult
Declared by National Museum thru Presidential Decree 374 as National Cultural Treasure on July 31, 2001
Feast Day September 29
Rev. Msgr. Carlos Pedro A. Herrera, PC Parish Priest
Fr. John Eamon Parochial Vicar
Msgr. Beato S. Racelis, HP Resident Priest
PARISH OF SAN ROQUE
Location Brgy. Ilasan, Tayabas, Quezon
Pioneering Priest Fr. Javier Villaverde
Present Parish Priest Fr. Antonio Salvania
Feast Day August 16
PARISH OF MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP
Location Brgy. Iba. Bukal Tayabas, Quezon
Pioneering Priest Fr. Severiano Salvania
Present Parish Priest Msgr. Emmanuel Villareal
Feast Day June 27