Location: Cavinti - Pagsanjan, Laguna
The real name of the falls is Magdapio Falls. It gained its popular name because the trip towards the falls starts from Pagsanjan River. Tourists will enjoy the two-hour boat ride called "shooting the rapids" for it involves intense boat ride across several rapids.
Shaped like a woman lying on her back, this extinct volcano towers 1,090 m above sea level is now an eco-tourism site where nature-loving tourists can engage in mountain-climbing, hiking, camping, mountain biking and bird watching.
It is the largest lake in the Philippines and the third largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Shaped like a letter 'W', it spreads throughout areas of Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna.
/ Imelda Falls
Location: Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna
The cold, clear-flowing water from this falls is from Mount Banahaw. Nature-loving tourists can build campsites near the falls. A 30-minute hike is the only way to reach this place.
Location: Laguna de Bay, Laguna
It is a 'lake within a lake'. It got its name because the Crater Lake is shaped like a crocodile.
Location: Laguna de Bay, Laguna
Parallel to the Paete River, Wawa Park has pavilions used as coffee shops where tourists can have a good cup of coffee while enjoying the view.
Location: San Pablo City, Laguna
The city of San Pablo is popularly known as the "City of Seven Lakes" because of the seven interconnected lakes that surrounds the whole city. The lakes pass through Mt. Cristobal, Tayak Hill, Mt. Kalisungan, and Mt. Mabilog. The lakes originated from craters of ancient volcanoes, thus the area is known as "San Pablo Volcanic Field".
1. Sampaloc Lake
Location: Poblacion (Town Proper)
a. Sampalok Lake Staircase (Hagdang Bato)
Location: Trece Martires St., San Pablo City, Laguna
This staircase has been incorporated in the official seal of San Pablo City. Construction of this 89-step began in 1915.
2. Mojicap Lake
Location: Brgy. Santa Catalina
3. Palakpalin Lake
Location: Brgy. San Buenaventura
4. Calibato Lake
Location: Brgy. Santo Angel
5. Pandin Lake
Location: Brgy. San Lorenzo
6. Yambo Lake
Location: Brgy. San Lorenzo
7. Bunot Lake
Location: Brgy. Concepcion
For the record, there are seven falls located throughout the town of Luisiana. Maapon Falls' headwater comes from Brgy. San Pedro Luisiana, Laguna and outlets in Mauban, Quezon. Its height is approximately 30 meters. Bongbonga, Malaog, Cabute, and Alimang Munti Falls are all located in Brgy. San Buenaventura. Hulugan Falls is the tallest waterfall in Luisiana with the height of approximately 70 meters.
Location: Nagcarlan, Laguna
Tour Days: Monday - Sunday
Tour Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Built in 1851 by Father Vicente Belloc, a Franciscan Missionary, this underground cemetery is considered by the National Historical Institute as a National Historical Landmark. It was buit to stop the spread of an unknown disease. The crypt is the only underground part of the cemetery. To get there, tourists have to crawl down a plight of stone steps inside the Baroque Spanish chapel. This baroque structure also served as a secret meeting place of the Katipuneros.
Place: Paete, Laguna
Date: First Sunday of January
Celebrated together with the Feast of Sto. Ni├▒o, locals dance around the town in ala-mardi gras, pouring water on each other, recreating the baptism of the Child Jesus.
Festival / Burdang Lumban Festival
Place: Lumban, Laguna
Date: Third week of September
In honor of the long tradition of Barong Tagalog-making in Lumban, the locals celebrate it by exhibiting their best work. Also, locals cook their notable dishes such as kesong puti (white cheese) and ginataang hipon (shrimp saut├ę in coconut milk). Other cottage industries are exhibited and sold during the event.
Tayaw Festival (Tsinelas Festival)
Place: Liliw, Laguna
Date: Last week of April - first week of May.
First held in April 2002, the Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival is celebrated yearly for the continued growth of the slippers and shoe industry of Liliw, which has made the town popular as the 'Footwear Capital of Laguna". Named after the local hero of Liliw, Gat Tayaw, the festival is filled with cultural dance presentation, street dancing, competitions, and the search for Mutya ng Liliw. Also, the infamous native delicacies uraro (arrow root) and lambanog (coconut wine) is served for everyone to enjoy.
Place: Pagsanjan, Laguna
Date: Last Saturday and Sunday of May
This is a yearly event for the boatmen or bangkeros of the province. Events such as boat racing, tug-of-war, and singing competition are held during the festival. The highlight is the bantillan and gantungan, a boat and float decoration spectacle.
Place: Pagsanjan, Laguna
Date: December 3 -12
The first week of December is Pagsanjan day and the town fiesta. The streets are filled with street dancers and cultural events make up most of the fiesta program.
Place: San Pablo City, Laguna
Date: January 11 - 15 (Second Sunday of January)
The feast is a joint celebration of the city's patron saint, St. Paul the First Hermit and the bountiful harvest of the city's main product, coconut. Participants dressed in coconut-inspired costumes dance around the city followed by floats designed using coconut materials. There are concerts, exhibits, games, and other activities throughout the day.
/ Pistang Lupi
Place: Pakil, Laguna
Date: Friday before Palm Sunday to Pentecost Sunday
The Turumba Festival is in honor of the Our Lady of Sorrows, or the Nuestra Se├▒ora de los Dolores de Turumba. It is celebrated seven times during the Lenten Season; each corresponds to the Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary. This is considered as the longest feast here in the country.
1. Unang Lupi - Biyernes de Dolores
Date celebrated: Friday before Palm Sunday
2. Ika-2 Lupi - Pistang Martes
Date celebrated: Tuesday after Easter Sunday
3. Ika-3 Lupi - Pistang Biyatiko
Date celebrated: a three-day event beginning six days after Pistang Martes
4. Ika-4 Lupi - Pistang Biyernes
Date celebrated: Second Friday after the last day of Pistang Biyatiko
5. Ika-5 Lupi - Pistang Linggo
Date celebrated: One week after Pistang Biyernes
6. Ika-6 Lupi - Pistang Pag-akyat
Date celebrated: Second Friday after Pistang Linggo
7. Ika 7 Lupi - Pistang Pagpanaog
Date celebrated: Pentecost Sunday
Other celebrations during Pistang Lupi
1. Extra Lupi - Pistang Pakile├▒a
Date celebrated: May 12
2. Daan ng Krus sa Ping-as
Date celebrated: Last Saturday of May
3. Pistang Domingo de Dolores
Date celebrated: Third Sunday of September
San Pedro Festival
Place: San Pedro, Laguna
Date: Good Friday
The celebration is in honor of St. Peter the Apostle. During the festival, government and private sector participate in float making contest and street dancing throughout the day.
Place: Nagcarlan, Laguna
Date: Third Wednesday of October
The feast is derived from the myth of Ana Kalang, a beautiful, wealthy, generous woman, who saw the Virgin of Santa Ana picked the lanzones, removed its poison and made it edible. It was named after Ana Kalang in honor of the bountiful harvest of lanzones, Nagcarlan's main product and their agro-industrial products. Locals create 'kalang-kalang', a giant statue made from different fruits, vegetables, and other indigenous products, and dance on the street together with their creations.
Place: Victoria, Laguna
Date: second week of November
Itik-raising is the main industry of the Duck Capital of the Philippines. Since November 2002, the local government of Victoria pays tribute to this simple creature that has contributed to the prosperity of the town. Street concerts, games, exhibits, float parade, beauty pageant, and the duck fest comprise this three-day event.
Place: Calauan, Laguna
Date; First - Second week of May
Started in 2003, the Pinya (Pineapple) Festival is celebrated together with the feast of San Isidro Labrador (May 15). Events such as trade exhibit, culinary contest, and float parade showcase products made from this home-grown product.
Laguna Weddings: A Perfect Union of Nature, Love and Craftsmanship
This province just outside Metro Manila is endowed with many natural wonders. With its natural and pristine bodies of water such as hot springs, lakes, and waterfalls, Laguna is a wedding haven that can give couples utmost seclusion, relaxation, and tranquility.
Depending on the province of your destination, ride a bus from either one of the following places:
1. Buendia cor. Taft. Avenue, Manila
2. Alabang, Muntinlupa
3. New York St., Cubao, Quezon City
4. EDSA cor. Kamias St., Quezon City
5. Timog Ave. cor. EDSA, Quezon City
You may need to ride jeepneys or tricycles to get to a certain parts of the province.