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Lucban

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The Municipality of Lucban or Lukban is a second-class municipality located at the foot of Mount Banahaw in the province of Quezon, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 51,475 people.The province is famous for its annual Pahiyas Festival, which is held every May 15 in honor of San Isidro Labrador the Farmer.HistorySecond World War and Japanese OccupationEarly in the campaign, Japanese forces invaded and occupied on the town of Lucban. On December 26, 1941, Filipino and American troops defended Barrio Piis and the attack by the Japanese shifted to the Bataan Peninsula. After the Japanese forces occupied the town, they built a military garrison and Japanese Armed Forces were stationed in Lucban. Both local guerrilla and regular troops of the Philippine Commonwealth Army initiated attacks in Lucban from 1942 to 1945.EtymologyLegend has it the town derives its name from the lukbán or pomelo tree. Three hunters from neighbouring Majayjay— namely Marcos Tigla, Luis Gamba and Lucas Mañawa— lost their way following the trail of wild animals at the foot of volcanic Mount Banahaw. Resting under a tree, they saw a crow (uwák) in the tree's branches, and believing this to be a bad omen, they moved to another place and rested again. Whilst in the shade of a large pomelo (lucbán) tree, the trio were attracted to a couple of kingfishers (salacsác) that were singing. Fascinated by the bird's beautiful plumage and rhythmic chirps, the superstitious hunters took this a sign of good fortune and thus settled in the place they named "Lucbán."
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