Quezon is one of the largest provinces in the Philippines. The elongated region is Manila’s gateway to the provincial regions of Bicol and Southern Luzon. Named in honor of former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon, the province has several tourist attractions and a rich cultural heritage. Despite being a fast-growing industrial hub, the locals retain many old traditions, observances, and legacies started by their ancestors.
The province of Quezon was visited and explored by Spanish conquistadores in 1571 and 1572. Formerly under the jurisdiction of various provinces, it was among the first eleven provinces to rise up in revolt against the Spaniards. Quezon did not take its present name until 1946, when it was named after President Quezon, who was the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth. He was born in the town of Baler in the province of Tayabas. A sub-province named Aurora was named in honor of his wife, Aurora Aragon Quezon.
The relative accessibility of the province to the metropolis region makes it a very attractive destination for holiday-goers who wish to take a break from the busy city life. Being a vital entry point to and from several other provinces, Quezon also earns significant revenues from travellers paying for accommodations and dining establishments during stopovers.
There is not a lack of sights to see and places to visit in Quezon province. Among the most popular sites are Tikob Lake, the mystical Mt. Banahaw, Quezon National Park, the old Malagunlong Bridge, Lamon Bay, Pamplona Beach, and the fully developed Villa Escudero. The St. Michael the Archangel Minor Basilica is one of the oldest churches in the country.
The Pahiyas Festival, observed by the towns of Tayabas, Lucban, Tiaong, and Sariaya, is a major crowd-drawer every year. It is held in honor of San Isidro Labrador and is marked by colorful decor and rice paste overhangs in windows. For a more relaxing vacation, the Villa Escudero has everything from pools and Jacuzzis to lunches by the waterfalls.