Dr. Hilmar Alquiros, Lucban

A Wonderful Town 

Eine wunderbare Stadt

 In 2011 and 2012 my dear wife Lilian and I spent vacations in Tagaytay and Lucban to compare and decide where we would live after my retirement in 2013 and...  LUCBAN was best in many ways!

 2011 und 2012 verbrachten meine liebe Frau Lilian und ich Urlaube in Tagaytay und Lucban, zu vergleichen und entscheiden, wo wir nach meiner Pensionierung 2013 leben würden und ...  LUCBAN war in vielerlei Hinsicht am besten!

 When we saw Lukban Highlands (already discovered on the internet in Germany!), near to Kamay ni Hesus /  Healing Church ... it took us less than 5 minutes to decide to buy our lots there! :-)

 Als wir die Lukban Highlands sahen (in Deutschland bereits im Internet entdeckt!), nahe Kamay ni Hesus /  Healing Church ... wir brauchten keine 5 Minuten, um uns zu entscheiden, unsere Grundstücke dort zu kaufen!  :-)

Ode to Lucban!


In Quezon Province there's a town

Of beauty and of high renown,

Faith, Hope and Love, it rests upon -

The Capital of Arts - Lucban!


So, under a pomelo tree,

They chose the name Lucbán, you see!

In fifteen seventy and eight:

Lucban was founded, small but great…


Well started by two friars now,

With sixteen hundred Christians’ vow!

Banahaw - its protecting tower,

Kamay ni Hesus' inner power!


Pahiyas and the Holy Week:

Look: millions find Lucban unique!

With Mayor Olivier Dator

Lucban does flourish more and more…


Three hunters looked for better signs

And found, like Shakespeare’s famous lines,

“The nightingale and not the lark…”,

Here: salacsác – and not uwák!


In Quezon Province there's a town

Of beauty and of high renown,

Faith, Hope and Love, it rests upon -

The Capital of Arts - Lucban!

Hilmar Alquiros, May 17th 2020

Beach ...


History of Lucban

... Banahaw


Geschichte Lucbans

 After some research on the internet I was lucky to rediscover a special book about the history of the town (1550-1900!) - lost shortly after publication in a fire in the Municipal Hall - completely forgotten by everyone! 

 Nach einigen Recherchen im Internet hatte ich das Glück, ein spezielles Buch über die Geschichte der Stadt (1550-1900!) wieder zu entdecken - kurz nach der Veröffentlichung bei einem Brand im Rathaus verloren - von allen vergessen! 

 Later I was able to find and buy two copies in the USA to donate them to this wonderful town, now in Museum and Library of Lucban (you can read it there!).

 Später konnte ich zwei Exemplare in den USA finden und kaufen, um sie dieser wunderbaren Stadt zu schenken, die sich jetzt im Museum und in der Bibliothek von Lucban befindent (Sie können es dort lesen!).

With Olivier Dator, Lucban's esteemed Mayor /

Mit Olivier Dator, Lucbans geschätztem Bürgermeister.

English, 100 p.

The unique and priceless Book of Lucban's history /

Das einmalige, unschätzbare Buch über Lucbans Geschichte.


Mother's Prayer


Virus, virus, do not come

Into our house –

Skip me, as a rule of thumb,

And my kids and spouse!


Virus, virus, be so kind

Wait for ways and means -

Spare us here and all mankind,

Till we have vaccines!


Virus, virus, take your time

In Lucban to enter -

Note, protecting and sublime,

Our Healing Center!


Hilmar Alquiros, 04/23/20




This Eastern Pearl: the Philippines,

this masterpiece of nature wins

my heart and soul immediately:

breathtaking islands in the Sea...


This Eastern People: pious, poor,

and rich... their beauty! Oh, I'm sure:

a friendly God, almighty-wise,

created once this paradise...


This Eastern Spirit: high above

these charming miracles of love -

this Magic Pearl, so deep, so high:

no better place to live and die...!


Hilmar Alquiros 2011



 Des Ostens Perle: Philippinen,

Natur, als Meisterwerk erschienen,

rührt Herz und Seele mir sogleich:

den Atem nimmt dies Inselreich ...


 Des Ostens Menschen: fromm und arm,

und reich! ... ja, ihrer Schönheit Charme!

Ein weiser Gott, der freundlich schaut,

hat einst dies Paradies erbaut ...


 Des Ostens Geist: hat von da droben

der Liebeswunder Reiz gewoben,

welch Perle!, hoch wie tief Magie –

lässt leben gut und sterben sie ...


Hilmar Alquiros 2011

 ... The Philippines!

Germany ...



Talking about historical places in Germany:

where National hero Dr. José Rizal lived and studied,
Memorials, Rizal Park, Rizal street, Rizal Knight Order ...








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