Province of Laguna Local Customs

  • Hubby With Nephew & Grandnephew
    Hubby With Nephew & Grandnephew
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  • Clan Members Introduced By Families
    Clan Members Introduced By Families
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  • Palay Is Spread On The Road Early Morning
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Province of Laguna Local Customs

  • Fishing For Family Meal

    Country folks don't always have to buy fish in the market. I met Mang Boyet, who works as tricycle driver, but before he goes to work, he catches fish in the river everyday for their family meal. He uses an improvised spear gun for catching tilapia and carp. Unlike Mang Boyet, there are other men who employ illegal means, like electrocuting fish. I...

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  • Horse To House or Market Delivery

    When we went to a relative's wake recently, I was amused to find that farmers still use a work horse to deliver their harvest. Straight from the farm, the farmer carries his coconuts/fruits on the wired baskets at the rear sides of the horse. They used to have "kaings" or native baskets made of woven bamboo, but now they use wired baskets with...

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  • Lanzones Peel As Mosquito Repellant

    Laguna is known for its sweet lanzones. The town of Paete used to have monopoly of this fruit, but now, other towns like Nagcarlan and Liliw, as well as San Pablo City also produce sweet lanzones. When in season, families have lanzones for dessert and for snack. One thing my grandmother taught me and the other kids, is to gather lanzones peel, let...

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  • Birthday Party=Family Reunion

    Clans usually met regularly for family reunions during the Christmas or New Year's eve. But in our case, since our grandparents and parents died, it seemed more difficult to gather the clan, especially the younger generations. They would rather spend the holidays travelling instead of partying or playing traditional family games with...

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  • Buy Tropical Fruits From Roadside Fruit...

    Laguna is rich in natural resources. Its fertile soil makes the tropical fruits taste sweeter. Have a taste of Laguna's tropical fruits sold at roadside fruit stands. Farmers and middlemen sell fruits at low, low pricces. In our recent trip, we stopped by Calauan to buy pineapples (P35/pc or 3 for P100) and durian (P35/kg). Fresh coconuts can also...

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  • Hospitality of Countryside Locals

    At a recent photo shoot in Brgy. Dinggin, Magdalena, I proved that Lagunenses are really hospitable. Although the people didn't know me and my husband, they were very kind to us. When they saw my husband get his tripod and photography gear from the car, one resident told him to transfer the car near their house at the riverside so the women who...

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  • They Cross The River To/From School

    While most children in the towns of Laguna are fetched by school service vehicles, in the countryside, some children cross the river going to & from the school. Due to poverty, they cannot even afford to ride the tricycle, so they are forced to find shorcuts even if it means crossing the river.I am surprised that they don't look having a difficult...

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  • Locals Wash Clothes In The River

    Some locals still wash clothes in the river. They usually stay on a makeshift shed on the riverside or at a small land formation at the middle of the river where the water flows rapidly. While the sun is blaring hot, the women sunbleach their laundry on the bamboo poles of their shed or on the grass nearby.The women have already finished their...

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  • Smile at locals, take their pictures

    Lagunenses are generally very friendly people. If you get lost on the road, feel free to approach a local for directions, greet and smile at the locals,and be respectful in addressing older people with "po" /"opo". Most Lagunenses speak English, except probably some old folks in the barrios, so you need not worry asking for help or...

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  • Watch your candy wrapper!

    While i was on a visit to los baños, laguna . . .My boyfriend suddenly said "Notice d clean environmenthere, noh?" and also mentioned, "Folks here reallyvalue cleanliness . . ."Yaiiiiiiks! where should i throw my candy wrapper?!So ofcourse, observe cleanliness and refrain from littering hehe. . .

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