7. Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel
The Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel is Quezon’s largest Roman Catholic church. Located in Tayabas City, this church’s original structure was built in 1585.
Tourists visit the basilica for its massive size, long history, and unique design. The church’s floor plan features a key-like shape. This is why locals often refer to the Minor Basilica as “Susi ng Tayabas” (the Key of Tayabas).
The basilica was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978 by the National Historical Institute. The National Museum of the Philippines also recognized it as a Natural Cultural Treasure in 2001. It has experienced many repairs and reconstruction over centuries, but it has maintained unique features like the church clock and the extra-long isle.
The church clock, which sits on the belfry, was installed in the 18th century. Many consider it to be one of the oldest of its kind in Asia. This clock, which measures about 50 centimeters high and 42 meters wide, pulls a large old bell. The Minor Basilica’s aisle extends to around 103 meters (338 feet), making it the longest church aisle in the country.
The common consensus is that the Minor Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel is one of the most beautiful churches in the country. While there, you can do a walking tour through the church and enjoy its Neoclassical interior design and painted ceiling.
8. Kamayan sa Palaisdaan
If you are looking for a food-based attraction in Quezon, then consider Kamayan sa Palaisdaan. This name is derived from the Filipino way of eating seafood dishes using bare hands.
Founders Rosauro Delos Santos and Evangeline Delos Santos started Kamayan sa Palaisdaan as a small fish pond and grilling spot in 1991. The business quickly grew and turned into a floating restaurant.
Today, Kamayan sa Palaisdaan is one of the most prominent Quezon Province resorts. This resort complex includes a hotel, three restaurants, two cafes, one bar, two swimming pools, and an eco-park.
Dining at the main Kamayan sa Palaisdaan floating restaurant is the top thing to do at the resort. This restaurant section consists of 60 floating rustic cottages floating on a man-made pond. The menu here mainly consists of native dishes and assorted seafood that Tayabas Quezon is known for. Some of the popular dishes include “Inihaw na Hito”(grilled catfish) and Pla-Pla (tilapia fish), which come from the pond itself.
While dining at Kamayan, you will get to enjoy the green scenery and cool breeze. The owners try to keep their prices reasonable so that the locals can still afford them. The resort offers free WiFI and self-parking. It has function rooms designed for group gatherings and events.
Aside from dining, you can also spend more time at the Kamayan sa Palaisdaan complex and enjoy activities like hiking, swimming, and horseback riding.