Thursday, June 19, 2014

Around Laguna

I spent a chunk of my childhood summers and college weekends in Laguna. Having relatives who have moved to this Southern Tagalog province had me exploring the towns (yes, because these were towns back then) of San Pedro, Biñan, Santa Rosa, Calamba and Los Baños. But that was it, I only saw the western part of this province. That there was another world on the other side of Laguna de Bay which I only got to explore recently.

One of the busy streets in Liliw, Laguna



WIth my travel group Pink Family, we rode a bus bound for Santa Cruz. Then we transferred to a long jeepney for a quick side trip to Quezon before proceeding with our journey around Laguna. 



One of the members of our group hails from Siniloan so we spent the night at his place and had dinner and some singing at a garden restaurant called Lola Paulina.

Lola Paulina's Garden Restobar


We had the chance to belt out
before the featured band played for the night.


We woke up early the next day for our Shooting the Rapids adventure in Pagsanjan and Cavinti. We passed by the towns of Pangil, Paete, Kalayaan and Lumban before reaching our destination. After our lunch in Pagsanjan, we went to the town of Liliw, also known as the shoe capital of Laguna.

St. John the Baptist Church in Liliw.


Liliw, a haven for shoeholics.

Pako leaves for sale


Abnoy, that popular yet foul-smelling snack
which includes rotten eggs as one of the ingredients.



Next stop was the town of Nagcarlan which is known for its underground cemetery. Too bad, we missed the opening hours by several minutes because the gate to the cemetery was already closed by the time we got there.



View from the graveyard's gate

Church of St. Bartholomew in Nagcarlan.





From Nagcarlan, we rode a jeep to San Pablo City where we took a bus bound for Manila. While we may have covered several towns in this trip, there are still other towns we've passed through that are worth the stop in the next visit.

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