Quezon Province: Full of Natural Beauty
The province is part of the Calabarzon region in Southern Luzon. This province got its name from the late president of the Philippines – Manuel L. Quezon. Its capital city is Lucena. It is situated southeast of Metro Manila and its neighboring province in the north is Aurora, in the west are Batangas, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan; and in the east is Camarines province.
The total land area is 870,660 hectares comprising 53.6% of the land area of Calabarzon region. 59% of the provincial land area is classified as agricultural land. Its coastline is about 1,066.36 kilometers in length. Its land feature rugged terrain with a few planes, swamps and valleys. The narrow trips of land along the river valley and coast are used for growing crops.
The province is made up of forty-one towns and their capital city which is highly urbanized Lucena City. Most people in the province are Roman Catholic. In fact ninety-three percent of the population is Roman Catholic and the rest are Islam, protestant and others.
Base on records, as of May 2000, its population is about 1,679,000 which are mostly found in the south central part of Quezon which are Candelaria, Sariaya and Lucena. The locals of Quezon are known to be hardworking, industrious and friendly. Tagalog is the dialect widely spoken by the locals.
Quezon experience a mild tropical weather with two specific seasons the dry-warm climate and dry-cold climate. It does not have those high peak mountains so that it is prone to storms and tropical depressions especially those in the coastal areas. So if you are planning to move in this province then get ready for occasional typhoon that comes.
The province is the leading producer of coconut products like copra and coconut oil. You will discover that a large section of the province covers a coconut plantation. Aside from coconut, other major crops of the province include coffee, banana, corn, and rice.
The wide coastal area provides a good venue for fishing and other marine products. Inland fishing is also another source of living for the locals.
There are sixteen government hospitals in the province and the biggest and state of the art hospital is the Quezon Medical Hospital which is in Lucena City. This hospital is considered to have the newest medical facility in Southern Luzon.
Other government hospitals in different municipalities are also upgraded to deliver a better medical and health services. BHS or Barangay Health Stations and THU or Rural Health Units are distributed all over the province. To date there are about 380 BHS and 40 RHU all over the province.
Aside from government hospitals, there are also private hospitals in Lucena city and other big municipalities of the province. Dental and medical clinics are also common facilities in major city as well as in urban centers of the municipalities of Quezon.
Base on the record of the Department of Education a total of 970 public schools in the province 799 of which are elementary and 171 are secondary schools. On the other hand a total of 201 private schools are in the province 120 of which are in the elementary and 81 for high school. The province also has a total of 37 colleges and Universities and 68 school offering vocational programs.
It is no wonder that the province is one of the country’s highest literacy rates perhaps because of the presence of many educational institutions.
Large part of real estate is mostly residential. Residential is further classified as condominium units, apartments, fenced plots and homes. These houses may be offered semi or fully furnished.
Roads. Roads in the province are classified as national roads, provincial, city, municipal, and Barangay roads. The total kilometers for concreted road are one thousand ninety-nine, three hundred sixty-two, one thousand eight hundred twenty-one for Asphalt and one thousand three hundred fifteen for Earth.
Electricity. Electrical power in the province is provided by Manila Electric Company or MERALCO and Quezon Electric Cooperative or QUEZELCO I & II.
Water. Water supply in the province is from different sources which include Quezon Metropolitan Water District, Barangay Water Development Program and First Water Supply Sewerage, Municipal Waterworks and Artesian Wells in remote areas.
Communication. Various Telecom companies are servicing the province like the Philippine Long Distance or PLDT, Bayantel, Digitel, Globe Telecom, GITS, SANTELCOR and LUKTEL. Cellular Phone Companies is widely operating in the area is Smart, Globe and SUN.
There is a lot of living proof of what happen years ago. If you want to discover the history of the province then it is wise to visit the following places where it has its own story to tell. Malagunlong Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in town of Tayabas and was built by the Spanish colonizers.
Other historical sites to see include Alitao and Malaoa Bridges, Kutang San Diego, San Diego de Alcala Fortress, Claro M. Recto Shrine, Iskong Bantay Watchtower and San Antonio de Alcala Park.
You will be surprise at how varies the culture of the people is. It would be great to explore this especially if you come to visit Malatunglan Dumagat Settlement. This settlement has about twenty-two families. There are trained instructors who are there to educate the Dumagat people. This settlement is in Sitio Malatubglan, General Nakar in Quezon province. Other Dumagat settlements are Tamala settlement in Barangay San Marcelino, Dinigman settlement in Barangay Canaway, Cynthia Village in Barangay Umiray and Lamutan settlement in Barangay Lamutan. All these settlements are in Sitio Malatunglan, General Nakar, Quezon.
You can also visit their museums in Lucena City which are the Quezon Museum which features the memorabilia of the late President Manuel Quezon. Another museum worth to visit is the Gintong Yaman ng Quezon Museum.
The province is endowed with so much natural beauty from their beaches to their mountains and not to mention their group of islands which is just perfect for island hopping. One of these beautiful islands is Pagbilao Grande which is a group of island in Tayabas Bay Area. You will find white sand beaches.
Other natural attractions which will surely amaze you are Tikub Lake, Putting Buhangin Beach, Mamala, Lamon Bay, Tayabas Bay, Mount Banahaw, Quezon National Park, Kinabuhayan, Ina ng Awa, Cristalino Falls, Durungawan of Mount Banahaw, Malusak Cave, Talabaan Islands, Mag-Asawang Bato, Pulong Niugan, Tulay Buhangin Island, Pasig Island, Balabag Falls, San Francisco Beach and many more.
Philippines has a lot of old churches to boast of and the province of Quezon has some of the oldest churches in the country. In fact one of this church dates back as early as year 1585 that is the St. Michael the Archangel minor Basilica.
Other age old churches you will find in the provinces includes Atimonan Church, Cathedral of San Diego de Alcala, Church of Saint Luis of Toulouse, Munting Malaguinoan Island, Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine, Parish Church of Saint Francis de Assisi, Buhay na Kubol, and St. Ferdinand Cathedral.
Tourism is getting much attention with all its tourist attractions, both foreign and local tourist cannot possibly ignore it. With all its natural attractions come man-made attractions which are equally beautiful in some ways.
Here are some of the man-made attractions in the province which definitely attracts lots of attention: Zigzag Road which you can find right in the center of Quezon National Park; Sirena sculpture which is a replica of the Little Mermaid in Denmark; Japanese Tunnel, Lucban Town, Balagtas Sports Complex, Hunters ROTC Veterans Park, Leon Guinto Boulevard, Roman Catholic Park, San Diego Park, Gumaca Rizal Park, Marcos Tigla Park, Caprichosa Park, Rizal Park, Manuel L. Quezon Monument, Quezon Provincial Capitol, Quezon Theme Park, Kalilayan Center, and Governor’s Mansion.
Festivals are mostly in months of April until May. It starts of with the Mount Banahaw Mountain Climbing which usually happens every March and followed by Hambujan Festival which occurs before the Holy week. Rituals and colorful street dancing is held in honor of the Virgin Mary. Another feast in the month of April is Dolores Day the town’s foundation anniversary.
Month of May is a festive month in the province. Pahiyas Festival or the Feast of San Isidro Labradois a weeklong festival from May 11 to 15. It is the patron saint of the farmers and the feast is celebrated as a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. Another feast is the Agawan sa Sariaya or the Feast of San Isidro in Sariaya, Quezon. This is almost the same celebrate as in Lucban which is the Pahiyas Festival. Another feast celebrated in the month of May is the Pasayahan sa Lucena.
Witnessing such grand celebration is a whole new experience especially for foreigners. Here they will discover the colorful culture as well as history of the country.
The capital city of the province is Lucena and it is just about two hour drive by bus from Manila. It is easily accessible from Manila and its neighboring province and is regularly traveled by several bus companies.