Situated in Quezon Province, Lucena City is known as “The Gateway to the South”. It was formerly known as Buenavista, Oroquieta, and Cotta before it finally became Lucena.
Economic activities are mostly concentrated in poblacion (town) and suburban barangays.
The people are often characterized as among the friendliest and most hardworking in the country.
Lucena City is a visual delight waiting to be experienced. Heritage protection advocates suggest that your first stop should be the historical attractions such as the Saint Ferdinand Cathedral and Perez Park.
Also known as the “Cocopalm City of the South,” the city’s main agro-industrial product is cooking oil. Another famous coconut product is lambanog (local vodka). Handicrafts such as buntal hats are common. Tinapa (smoked fish) is a top product as well.
Aside from the grilled fresh seafood that the locals mostly served during special occasions, you should not miss eating chami, a noodle dish, and minukmok (pounded cassava or banana cooked with milk, sugar and margarine).