“Resort Province of the Philippines”

  
 Laguna, Resort Province of the Philippines, is a haven of fresh and pristine bodies of water such as hot springs, lakes, and waterfalls. Laguna is not only endowed with natural wonders. It also plays an important role in the country's history as the birthplace of Dr. Jose Rizal, the country's national hero.


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GETTING THERE

By Land:  The province of Laguna is about two hours south of Manila via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). It will take 1-2 hours to get to Calamba Laguna. Calamba, is known as the town proper of Laguna.

GETTING AROUND
The most common mode of transportation in Laguna are Busses, Jeepneys and Tricycles. Going from one town to another would require taking jeepneys or busses while tricycles are just for nearby places.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Tagalog
  • English
  • Ilocano, Bikolano & Waray

 

MUST SEES!

  • Pagsanjan Falls
  • Bunga Twin Falls
  • Diocesan Shrine of San Antonio de Padua
  • Enchanted Kingdom
  • Pila Heritage Town
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
  • Lake Caliraya
  • Mt. Makiling
  • University of the Philippines – Los Baños Museum
  • Makiling Botanic Garden
  • Mudspring in Mt. Makiling
  • Panguil River Eco-Park
  • Parish of St. James the Apostle
  • Rizal Shrine
  • Sampaloc Lake

  • Shooting Rapids at Pagsanjan Falls
  • St. Augustine Church
  • Tatlong Krus
  • Majayjay Falls
  • Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

 

LET’S GO TRY

  • Puto Biñan
  • Buko Pie
  • Espasol
  • Uraro (Cookie made out of arrowroot flour)
  • Lanzones & Rambutan

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Try the rapids! (Rafting at Pagsanjan Falls)
  • Discover Laguna's traditional arts and crafts.
  • Climb a mountain. (Mt. Makiling)
  • Go hot/cold-tubbing.(Los Baños hotspring)
  • Learn more about Jose Rizal.
  • Check-out Liliw's famous handmade bags and sandals.

LET'S GO TO FESTIVALS & EVENTS

  • Sikhayan Festival (held every 18th of January - the Bayanihan Foundation Parade is a street fest displaying the bayanihan or Filipino)
  • Salibanda (held every January 17, 18, 24 & 25 - a religious festival honoring the Sto. Niño or Jesus, the Holy Child.)
  • Sampaguita Festival (held every February 21 and 22 - grand parade of colorful floats participated by both government and private sector.)
  • Anilag Festival (held every March 8 to 15 - showcases an array of activities relating to the arts, culture and industries distinctive of Laguna and its people.)
  • Pagsanjan Bangkero Festival (held every March 27 to 31 - A flotilla of boats decorated with the colors of the vintas and the bright hues of summer with gorge that are paraded downstream of the Pagsanjan River.)
  • Rizal Day (held every June 19 - In memory of the birthday of the Philippine National hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.  Parade is organized to feature the life and times of Dr. Rizal and culminate at the town plaza.)


DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Pagsanjan Falls was the location for the last scene of the Hollywood film Apocalypse Now.
  • Laguna is also the Resort Capital of the Philippines for it houses more than 700 hot spring resorts in the areas of Calamba and Los Baños.
  • The second oldest Philippine printing press next to Manila can be found in Pila Laguna. The first book printed was named Vocabulario Delengua Tagala - the Philippines first Filipino - Spanish dictionary that was printed in 1613, 25 years older than the first book printed in the United States.


BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Best time to go to Laguna is preferably during the dry season although it doesn’t hurt to do a quick trip there even if the weather is unwilling to cooperate. With shooting the rapids in Pagsanjan – the main falls might be closed off if rain is continuous to protect any visitors from flashfloods. If the weather is clear, then a trip to Laguna is not all that bad.


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