Sariaya, Quezon, an inland municipality of Quezon Province, is located 126
kms south of the National Capital Region and approximately 12 kms. from
the Capital City of Lucena. It is being traversed by the Daang Maharlika
and the Philippine National Railways. It is bounded on the north by Mt.
Banahaw; on the northeast by Tayabas, Quezon; on the south by Tayabas Bay;
on the southwest by San Juan, Batangas; and on the west by the Municipality
of Candelaria. Mount Banahaw is a 7,382-foot extinct volcano, famous for
its mystical attributes. Unique religious rites are held during the Holy
Week by pilgrims who believe that Christ walked on this mountain. Thousands
of people flock to the site at Lent, and as many as 68 registered religious
sects hold annual rituals. The mountain endowed with majestic beauty is
also a favorite of amulet hunters. Found here is Kinabuhayan, believed to
have been where Christ spent his Calvary. Ina ng Awa, near Kinabuhayan and
located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, is revered as another mystical site.
Sariaya is situated on a flat land except for a portion on the north occupying
a part of the foot of Mt. Banahaw. The municipality has the highest point
of elevation of 3,800 feet above sea level at Brgys. Concepcion Banahaw
and Sampaloc Bogon.
Sariaya has a total land area of 24,530 has and composed of 43 barangays.
The urban barangay has an area of 63.10 has. and the rural barangay has
an area of 24,466.90 has.
Tagalog is widely spoken by the populace, with the characteristic lilt
common to the locate.
The town enjoys mild tropical climate and has two pronounced seasons,
the dry-cold and dry-warm climate and the cold moist and cold dry climate.
The lack of higher mountainous barriers makes some coastal areas prone
to the effects of tropical depressions. Climate of the municipality is
of the third type as per classification of PAGASA. This is so because
it is situated on the southern portion of the provinces mountain
ranges characterized by seasons not very pronounced, relatively dry from
December to April and wet during the rest of the year. The maximum rain
periods are not very pronounced with the short dry season lasting from
two to four months.
The peoples main sources of livelihood range from land and sea agricultural
cultivation to home industries which have lately taken a turn toward the
export-oriented light to heavy industries, with the planning and construction
of economic zones. The major economic activity and source of income for
the people of Sariaya is agriculture. It is a palay and coconut producing
region of the province, a cottage industry center and at present a growing
tourist spot.Agricultural activities include rice farming, kopra making,
banana coffee vegetables and root crop planting. The coconut industry
is the number peso earner in Sariaya, however existing price trend and
instability of the product had caused the majority of the populace to
suffer from economic dislocation and imbalance. This fact compels the
people to divert to other means of livelihood such as agro-livestock,
cottage industry and fishing, which are, at present, boosting the towns
economy substituting the declining copra industry. Coconut plantation
owners convert their coconut trees into coconut lumber due to high price
offered per tree.
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The area of Tayabas Bay in Sariaya is developed because of the presence
of several large beach resorts. The sand is gray and the water level is
gradually sloping. Swimming and leisurely beachcombing are possible in
many of Sariayas shorelines. Try the bay waters of Tayabas Bay.
These are also rich fishing grounds where the fresh catch may be broiled
for a delectable lunch.
Banahaw Mountain Climbing. (March)
Trekking the scenic Mt. Banahaw is a memorable experience. This 7,382-foot
extinct volcano is famous for its mystical attributes. Unique religious
rites are held during Holy Week by pilgrims who believe that Christ walked
on this mountain. There are approximately 66 to 68 registered religious
sects whose members hold rituals on Holy Week. The mountain is also a
favorite site of amulet hunters. Mt. Banahaw is located at the western
part of Quezon.
of San Isidro/Agawan sa Sariaya. (May 11-15)
It is almost the same as the one held in Lucban, only the decoration or
Pahiyas consists of fruits, vegetables, candies, breads, and other food
either thrown or given to people after the patron saint has passed them.
Joyous preparations for the feast of Saint Isidro de Labrador, patron
saint of farmers and laborers, begins on the eve of May 14. The best of
their crops are hung on the windows, walls, arenas, and young bamboo trees
called Bagakays. As soon as the procession of the patron saint
passes a decorated house, people are allowed to get its crop decor.
Skirt around the mountains of Mt. Banahaw to watch the psychics at meditation
and view the lush greens of tropical wildlife. Then stop for rare orchids
and cutflowers from a thriving industry. Mamala a small barangay, which
is located in the heart of Mt. Banahaw. The area enjoys a cool temperature
of about 17.2 degrees Celsius. About 400 meters from the end of the concrete
road is the jungle, as the locals refer to it. Inside the
jungle are lush vegetation and a river, which supplies the irrigation
system of the area. Giant ferns, some extending to more than 10 feet,
are all over the side of the foot trail.
to get here
Sariaya is accessible to Manila and its neighboring provinces via a network
of roads regularly plied by various bus lines such as the Batangas-Laguna-Tayabas-Bus
Co. (BLTB), Tritran, JAM, JAC Liner, Philtranco, and Superlines. It is
2 to 3 hours bus ride from Metro Manila.
Location: Sariaya, Quezon Philippines
X: 13525000m Y: 1550000m
Lat: 13:52:41N (13.8782) Lon: 121:29:50E (121.4971)
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New Mayor chosen.
Sariaya election opened and closed peacefully. Sariaya has elected Mr.
Rosauro "Boyet" V. Masilang as Mayor against incumbent Mayor
Doromal, incumbent Vice-Mayor Evelyn Mindanao and Mr. Mike Flores. Masilang
garnered 18, 459 votes against the 10, 739 votes for Doromal for the winning
margin of 7,720 votes. Meanwhile, Ronan Nantes, running mate of Doromal
won the race for vice mayor against Mrs. Ofel Villapando (wife of the
late Mayor Pot-pot Villapando). Elected Municipal Councilors are Oliver
C. Villapando, Alexander Tolentino Sr., Haydee M. Caringal, Minerva R.
Remo, Gerardo Q. Abril, Jeffrey M. Mayuga, Alfredo A. Joven, Margarita
V. Montero. see COMELEC results here...
The town of Sariaya had its simple beginning almost four hundred years
ago in a place near the sea, what is now called the Barangay of Castañas.
The first inhabitants of the place where the hardy and brown fishermen
and who upon the arrival of the Franciscan Friars were the first converts.
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Ang mga "bahay tisaan" ay bahay ng Kap. Lucio, Donya Margarita,
Don Ignacio Gala, Don Calalino Rodriguez, Don Venancio Rodriguez, Perfecto
Castro, Don Julian Gala, Gng. Rosario R. Obordo, G. Edyo Rama, Don Ramon
LUna at kanyang apo na si G. Juanito Alvarez.
ni Sancho C. Alvarez