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Published on Jul 31, 2012
I-WITNESS: THE OWL OF THE PAHIYAS FESTIVAL
At a time of national rice crisis, the town of Lucban shows off its rice abundance as it stages its grand annual festival, the Pahiyas. Nothing will stop their tradition of turning palay into exquisite outdoor decor. But will a storm punish Lucbanins for their extravagance?
Howie Severino and his I-Witness team capture the drama of several farming families as they prepare meticulously for their colorful fiesta amid threats of a typhoon. They discover the recipe for the profusion of Lucban's rice, and a possible path for other communities to avoid hunger.