Lucban lies inland in Quezon, 24 km (15 mi) north of Lucena. Most of the town is rainforest, and there is no dry season, so regular rainstorms can occur time by time.
The town town takes its name from the Tagalog word for the pomelo tree, "lukban", but the real origin is shrouded by ancient tales spread by word of mouth.
The town is served by regular jeepney service from Lucena, all terminating at the public market. Vans from Lucena Grand Terminal can be taken if you go on package tours to Kamay ni Hesus.
There are no buses to town. Either take the buses to Lucena, or the daily Jam buses plying Manila-Mauban or the hourly non-air-conditioned but rickety old NCR Lines buses plying Lucena-Mauban and get down at Tayabas, and ride the jeepney.
Lucban is served by Pagsanjan-Lucban-Lucena Road (Route 605), and can be reached via Pagsanjan or Lucena. A drive from Manila usually takes 3 hours, via Pagsanjan.
- 1 Hermano Pule Monument, Lucban-Luisiana Road, Abang (Near the junction to Majayjay, Laguna). A shrine to Apolinario de la Cruz, better known as Hermano Pule, who founded the Cofradia de San José, who fought for religious and civil rights during the Spanish colonial era. Pule lead a rebellion from 1840 until his execution in 1841.
- 2 Kamay ni Hesus, ☏ . Roman Catholic pilgrimage site on the foot of Mount Banahaw, frequently visited during Holy Week. It houses a replica of Noah's Ark, a healing church, family park and pond. Group tours can be organized from Lucena.
- 3 La Casa de Doña Ana, Quezon Avenue, Poblacion. A large Bahay na Bato (stone house) built in Neoclassical style by a local couple. Among the ancestral homes in town, only the Casa is designed with that style.
- 4 San Luis Obispo Parish Church (Lucban Church, St. Louis of Toulouse Parish), San Luis Street, Poblacion.
- Pahiyas Festival - (May) Locals throughout the town decorate their houses with native materials to celebrate a plentiful harvest, before the rainy season comes (though Lucban is rather rainy at any time of year as a rainforest town). The town is frequented by tourists when this festival is held, so, accommodations like transient homes and apartments become fully booked.
The Poblacion area hosts many apartments and transient homes that can be rented for one day, especially during Pahiyas Festival.
|Routes through Lucban|
|Pagsanjan ← Luisiana ←||N S||→ Tayabas → Lucena|