Ode to Lucban!

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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!

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Well started by two friars now,

With sixteen hundred Christians’ vow!

Banahaw - its protecting tower,

Kamay ni Hesus' inner power!

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Three hunters looked for better signs

And found, like Shakespeare’s famous lines,

“The nightingale and not the lark…”,

Here: salacsác – and not uwák!

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So, under a pomelo tree,

They chose the name Lucbán, you see!

In fifteen, seventy and eight:

Lucban was founded, small but great…

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Pahiyas and the Holy Week,

Look: millions find Lucban unique!

With Mayor Olivier Dator

Lucban does flourish more and more…

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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

 

Our Banahaw!

(Photo by Lilian Alquiros)

 

History of Lucban

   

After some research I was lucky to rediscover a special book about the history of the town (1550-1900!) -

mostly lost shortly after publication in a fire in the Municipal Hall - forgotten by most people I asked, even teachers!  

Later I could find and buy two extremely rare copies in the USA and donate them to this wonderful town,

now in Museum and Library of Lucban.

Unique and priceless:

100 p. text in English & sources in Spanish

With Olivier Dator,

Lucban's esteemed Mayor until 2022

 

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