The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve in Laguna

Mount Makiling Forest Reserve Laguna Mountain Location Slopes Hill Volcano Elevation Summit Distance Kilometerhiking Trail Los Banos Bay Calamba Santo Tomas Batangas Province Barangay University Info The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve occupies the upper slopes of Mount Makiling, an inactive volcano located 60 km southeast of Manila. Mount Makiling Forest Reserve has an elevation of 1,090 meters and covers an area of 4,244 hectares, straddling parts of Los Baños and Bay towns and Calamba City in Laguna, and Sto. Tomas town in Batangas Province. The University of the Philippines Los Baños manages reserve for its scientific, educational & other values. Mount Makiling Forest Reserve is home to a large number of biological species, several of which are considered threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Of these, 62 species are endemic to the Philippines, with 14 restricted to the Greater Luzon Faunal region. Some of the species whose presence have been confirmed in the MMFR include Continue reading

Maria Makiling Park in Laguna

Maria Makiling Park Los Banos Campus Laguna Southern Tagalog Region Mountain University Philippines Center History Construction Garden Flora Fauna Ecopark Diversity Cultural Map Location Layout Info Maria Makiling Park is located at the UP Los Baños Campus in Laguna Province. Maria Makiling was considered as a goddess in the local folklore of the Southern Tagalog region. She is said to reside on top of the tallest mountain in Laguna. Through time, the people who lived at the foot of the mountain venerated her for abundant harvests. A mini Maria Makiling Park located near University of the Philippines Los Baňos Alumni Center was constructed as a tribute to the great bio-diversity; outstanding natural and cultural assets of Mount Makiling. Continue reading

The Battle of Mabitac Monument in Laguna

Battle Mabitac Site Laguna Location Filipino Soldiers Defeated American Troops War Hinukay Rebellion General Juan Cailles Fidel Sario Colonel Cheatham 37Th 15Th Volunteer Infantry Losses Death Wounded The Battle of Mabitac Site is the location where Filipino soldiers defeated an American force during the Filipino-American War of 1899-1902. Originally known as the Battle of Hinukay, it was in Mabitac, Laguna Province, where the battle was fought. The town joined the rebellion under the leadership of General Juan Cailles and Fidel Sario in 1900. The Filipino-American encounter happened at the entrance of Mabitac bordering the town of Siniloan. The Americans under United States Army Colonel Cheatham were defeated by Filipinos. The US forces numbered about 300 from the 37th and 15th U.S. Volunteer Infantry. The US losses were 21 killed, 23 wounded, according to US claims or 180 dead and wounded according to Filipino estimates. The Filipino forces numbered Continue reading

Botocan Falls in Majayjay Laguna

Botocan Falls Majayjay Laguna National Power Corporation Hydro Electric Waterfalls Plant Ravine Waterfalls Location Distance Water Electricity Size Distance Depth River Swimming Hike Trail History The Botocan Falls is located in Majayjay in Laguna Province. The Botocan Waterfalls are currently being utilized by the National Power Corporation to generate power for the region. The Botocan Hydro Electric Plant has 546 steps going down the ravine and is accessible by cable car. The Botocan Falls attracts country travelers, writers, poets , painters and nature lovers. Laguna is located about three hours away from Manila. Continue reading

San Pablo Cathedral in Laguna

San Pablo Cathedral Rizal Avenue City Laguna Church Augustinian Construction History Architecture Neoclassical Parish House Collection Statues Silver Building Bell Tower Design Schedule Mass Wedding The Saint Paul the First Hermit Cathedral, commonly known as the San Pablo Cathedral, is located on Rizal Avenue in San Pablo city, Laguna Province. Originally built in 1774 by the Augustinians, the architecture is of neo-classical style. It used to house a good collection of silver and jeweled religious statuaries, candelabras and altar pieces. It has a simple design with Doric coupled columns. It has a unique podium; inter-locking triangular and segmented arches; decorative bound windows with a four-storey octagonal bell tower composed of alternating blank and open windows. Continue reading

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Laguna

Our Lady Guadalupe Church Pagsanjan Laguna Parish Location History Construction Statue Virgin Mary Altar Pope Pius Nuestra Senora Ramon Barreto Rizal Street Schedule Building Catholic Mass Wedding The Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is located in Pagsanjan, Laguna Province. In 1835, Pope Pius XI proclaimed Our Lady of Guadalupe as the perpetual national patroness of the Philippines and Mexico. The first sculptured image of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a gift from Mexico and was stored at the main altar in 1688. It was destroyed during the air bombardment of the town on March 15, 1945. In 1946 the Catholics of Mexico donated a life-size image of the Nuestra Seňora de Guadalupe to the people of Pagsanjan city. This second image was made by Ramon Barreto, a noted sculptor from Tuluca, Mexico and is now enshrined as the town’s patroness, together with another image of the virgin which was carved by Maximo Vicente, a prominent sculptor from Manila. Continue reading

Crocodile Lake in Laguna

Crocodile Lake Los Banos Laguna Province Alligator Pond Tadlac Barangay Crater Freshwater Bay Shape Fish Species Location Fishing Swimming Tilapia Pangasius Catfish Tour Boat Snakehead Ayungin Carp Crocodile Lake, also known as Alligator Lake and Tadlac Lake, is located in Barangay Tadlac in Los Baños, Laguna Province. Crocodile Lake is a small crater lake situated on the edge of Laguna de Bay, which is shaped like crocodile. Crocodile Lake is a freshwater lake and the fish species inhabiting its waters include, tilapia, pangasius catfish, snakehead, giant snakehead, ayungin, and carp. The natural lake formation is unique as it is a lake within a lake. It is known for its picturesque sight, clear waters, and recreational fishing. Continue reading

The Cavinti Harvest Festival in Laguna

Cavinti Harvest Festival Laguna Province Calendar Date Schedule Events Location Parade Fiesta Party Agriculture History Costume Origin Food Crop Contest Activity Music Tourism Mayor Milbert Oliveros The Cavinti Harvest Festival is held annually in Cavinti, Laguna Province. The Cavinti Harvest Festival is among the most important events in the town of Cavinti that was also initiated by the incumbent Mayor Milbert L. Oliveros with the help of Pangkat Kabukiran and all barangay Captains of Cavinti in order to boost the agricultural sector and at the same time the tourism industry of Cavinti in the last quarter of the year. This festival will now be an annual celebration that occurs around the time of peak harvest season of Cavinti which is commonly arounf the month of first week of October. Unlike with other typical “harvest festival” this festival will not only celebrate thanksgiving but to encourage people to plant more agricultural crops using organic and to sustain the food requirements in the table Continue reading

Pagsanjan Falls in Cavinti

Pagsanjan Falls Cavinti Laguna Magdapio Waterfalls Height Tour Location Hiking Boat Rental Canoe Banca Package LocationThe Pagsanjan Falls are located at the town of Cavinti, Laguna Province, around 100 kilometers south of Manila. Also known as the Magdapio Falls, the ruggedly beautiful 91-meter Pagsanjan Falls is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. The name of the town Pagsanjan comes from the Tagalog word “Pinagsangahan” which means “where it branches”. This refers to the branching off of the two rivers, Bumbungan and Balanac. To get to the waterfalls, take the scenic one-hour boat ride that takes you up the Bumbungan and Balanac Rivers. Two boatmen will help navigate your wooden canoe past trees, vines, bush and local wildlife. The river ride back down is a thrilling ride that passes 14 rapids. You can also hike to the falls from the town of Cavinti, but know that you’ll have to make your way down some 500 steps and two vertical ladders. Continue reading

Cavinti Underground River and Cave Complex in Laguna

Cavinti Underground River Cave Complex Laguna Barangay Paowin Hiking Trail Sierra Madre Mountain Raft RocksOne of fast becoming popular destination in Laguna is the newly opened Cavinti Underground River and Cave Complex. The 17 km. stretch of trail going to the cave complex in the heart of Sierra Madre range is an adventure itself providing you a glimpse of beauty that awaits you inside the cave complex. You can reach the cave by walking, horse back riding, 4X4 ride or mountain bikes. Cavinti Underground River and Caves Complex is the newest and most exciting Ecotourism destination in the town of Cavinti, Province of Laguna, Philippines. The cave complex features riding a bamboo raft along the 20 meter stretch of pristine river, few minutes of trekking before you can reach the cave entrance. Inside, one has to go through several chambers, underground river and mini falls before witnessing several magnificent stalactites and stalagmite formations Continue reading