“Let us go South!”
Laguna is one of the provinces in the Philippines, that rich with culture, art and history are found. Nature lovers love going to this province for Mount Banahaw and Mount Makiling are situated within its boundaries. It is also home for the lakes (Sampaloc and Palakpakin), falls (Majayjay Falls) and rivers. Old churches (St. John the Baptist Church in Liliw and St. James the Apostle Church in Paete) and Spanish houses are also part of the province’s charismatic beauty. Thankfully, I have roots in this beautiful province.
Among the popularly known ‘Seven Lakes’ is the Sampaloc Lake. Unfortunately, the weather was not favorable on the morning of January 16. It was cloudy and windy that the lake looks rough and that the full beauty of Mt. Banahaw was hidden from our view.
Sampaloc Lake is one of the ‘best kept little secret of San Pablo City’. It is the largest among the seven lakes. The lake is beneficial body of water for villagers around the lake as tilapias are breed on it. The villagers were granted tilapia fingerlings by donors to help them with their lives. Tourists and people from the locality would go biking or walk around the lake for hours. The lake is surrounded by many restaurants and picka- picka stalls.
We had lunch at Ihaw- ihaw sa Lawa Restaurant. They served fresh tilapia in grilled, fried and sinigang options. They also provide their customers with other Filipino dishes.
A day is not enough to tour Laguna as it is home to many historical places like Calamba, the home of Philippine’s National Hero Jose Rizal. It is also the place where well- known Villa Escudero is situated. I can make a list of the places to visit in Laguna but this page may be torn. I will just leave words that I would visit them and share the experience to you.