Lucena City is the one and only, first-class and highly-urbanized city in the province of Quezon. Situated in the heart of the Province of Quezon, Lucena is indeed a place of urban recreation, entertainment and business.
The economic activities and businesses in Lucena City were once just centered within the poblacion, but as the city population grows, the business activities and establishments also expanded among the adjoining barangays, making the city a great prospect for different commerce.
Aside from resorts, hotels, salons, spas, gyms, resto-bars, banks, fast-food chains and shopping malls, other places of interest here include the Quezon Convention Center(which has more or less 7,000 seating capacity), Alcala Sports Complex, Perez Park, Saint Ferdinand Cathedral, etc.
Looking back, Lucena City has a great and colorful historical background. Tracing its history, way back the late 1500’s, when the town of Tayabas was being explored and founded, the city then, was just one of its barrios. During the 16th century, the Spaniards called the site “Buenavista” which means “beautiful view”, then in the early 1879, the name “Buenavista” was changed into “Oroquieta” in honor of the then Spanish Governor Domingo Moriones Murillo, a Marquis of Oroquieta, Spain.
After a century, as the Muslim pirates or Moros begun terrorizing the Philippine coasts, the barrio of Oroquieta was not spared but rather, was constantly attacked by these pirates due to its location near the sea. Because of this, the natives of the barrio had set-up defense walls and forts on the area, therefore the barrio became known as “Cotta” which is the Spanish term for “fort”.
As the years gone by, as the barrio progressed, new settlers moved in and took residence there, thus increasing the barrio’s population and development, promoting the barrio into township. Then finally on the 5th day of November, 1879, the name ‘Lucena” was officially adopted by the Orden Superior Civil in honor of Father Mariano Granja, a Franciscan priest (whose birthplace was generally believed to be in Lucena, a town in Andalucia, Spain) who established his parish in the barrio and was responsible for the barrio’s development . Then on June 1, 1882, Lucena was declared as an independent municipality of Tayabas(now Quezon Province).
And as proud Lucenahins, we would like to present this very first offering from talk@tee Philippines Series, the Chami Love Couple Shirt!
And as Pasayahan sa Lucena or the Pasayahan Festival is coming, talk@tee also created this Pasayahan 2012 shirt, especially made for this event!
The Pasayahan Festival is a 3-day festival (May 28-30) and was first held in 1987. It is created and celebrated in honor of St. Ferdinand of Castile (Lucena City’s patron saint) and also to promote the tourism of the city. The usual highlights of the festival are: the Grand Float Parade, Flores de Mayo, the Chami cooking and eating contests, the street painting, street dancing and night market that are spread out along the streets of Quezon Avenue.
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