The Spirit of Lambanog
Renzelle Ann Palma | Jul 26, 2013
The town has, for years, been supplying lambanog to fun loving Filipinos all over the country and now also making its way in the international market. It is produced in its original state and even in different flavors like bubblegum, strawberry and other fruit blends.
The Tayabenses has mastered the art of making and drinking lambanog. As time pass and the tradititon lived on, the flavor of lambanog has been improved and the richness and the taste of this drink is slowly gaining recognition all around the world.
Drinking lambanog is best experienced through the tagayan method. Drinkers, who usually are a group of friends, gather together in a circle accompanied with good music and bringing with them stories. A common glass is placed on the table and is shared by everyone which signifies equality and camaraderie.
Trivia: The international award giving body that is the Oscar awards included lambanog in the form of VUQO in their gift bags in 2012.
To get there:
By Bus/public transportation
From Manila, take the Lucena or Tayabas, Quezon bound bus.
Regular commercial buses ply the three-hour Manila-Lucena route. Bus terminals are located along EDSA-Kamuning in Quezon City, Araneta Center in Cubao, Buendia-Taft Avenues and EDSA in Pasay City.
On Private Car
via South Luzon Expressway
From Manila, take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and take the Calamba exit. Pass through the towns of Calamba, Los Baños, Bay, Victoria, Pila, Sta Cruz, Pagsanjan, Cavinti, Luisiana and then to the Province of Quezon.