I thought it was a type of jackfruit I haven't tried. I was amused to know it was a flower of the giant pandan. Interesting to discover it now that I'm already old :-)
Giant pandan grow abundantly in Luisiana, even in the wild. Dried pandan leaves make nice hats and bags, but now, they are also being used to to dress up religious icons and make unique gowns of beauty queens parading in local festivities like Santacruzan. Top fashion designers of the province and the country use Luisiana pandan for their native gowns and accessories.
Luisiana is called "Little Baguio" because of the scenic zigzag road leading to the town. Driving through the zigzag is an exciting and exhilarating experience because of the lush bamboo, banana and coconut trees that line the road and mountainside.
It is most convenient to go to and around Luisiana in your private vehicle. The travel is not tedious anyway.
From Manila, you can go to Luisiana by taking the South Luzon Expressway. Exit at Calamba, turn towards the direction of Los Banos, Sta. Cruz and Pagsanjan. You don't have to enter the poblacion of Sta. Cruz; go straight ahead to Pagsanjan, turn right when you see the Catholic Church (Shrine of Our Lady Of Guadalupe) and follow the directional signs onwards to Luisiana.
Luggage and bags:
Camera bag, beltbag, small back pack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: >casual clothes will do, but if you're going to the church, please don't wear skimpy attire like short shorts and flesh-baring blouse/t-shirt;
>sandals or flipflops;
>baseball cap or small hat/umbrella
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: bring your maintenance medicines, paper towel for your sweat; wet wipes and/or talcum powder to freshen up
Photo Equipment: camera, tripod, lens, filter
Miscellaneous: lots of mineral water and snacks for road trips