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    Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna

    by jumpingnorman Written Aug 23, 2014

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    My cousin drove and it took over two hours of driving to reach Pagsanjan from Manila. The options included riding buses, joining expensive $200+ organized tours, or driving our own vehicle. I was lucky that my cousin visiting from New York was still comfortable driving in the Philippines, and so we used my uncle’s van. We went on a weekday to avoid the crowds. On the way, we also stopped at roadside stores to buy local sweets like “pastillas, yema, espasol” and the ever-famous coconut “buko pie”. Yummy!

    Once there, we parked at one of the lodges along the Bumbungan and Balanac Rivers and rented a room for us to change and shower later since we expected to get wet. Hiring trustworthy boatmen is now “centralized” by the local government. Through the lodge, we paid a fixed price of 1250 pesos (about $30) per person. We were provided with lifesavers and helmets, and off we went with two boatmen on a wooden “banca”!

    I sat with one of my lady cousins and we truly got to know each other as we laughed a lot whenever we got wet! The “front” boatman maneuvered skillfully, stepping on the rocks with his feet to push us forward. Boatmen are now licensed and required to undergo six months of training, and they also expect to be tipped about 250 pesos each ($6).

    The views were remarkable! Vegetation was lush with many minor waterfalls. Some tourists have reported also seeing monkeys, but we only spotted cows and goats. Dragonflies with a metallic green hue flew around us and some even landed on my cousin’s arm! After navigating through the “rapids”, there were very serene moments when our wooden “banca” just glid silently through canyon walls. Surreal!

    By the time we were complaining of lower back discomfort, we reached the majestic Pagsanjan Falls! We pre-paid for the raft to bring us under the falls for only an extra 90 pesos ($2) plus tips for the boatman. It was worth it! We clutched on ropes and once behind the falls, we were able to get into the 4-feet deep “pool”. We laid on our tummies on the raft and the boatman placed us under the falls for a “natural pressurized massage”! We screamed with delight!

    Boatman at Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna, Philippines Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna, Philippines Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna, Philippines with my cousins at Pagsanjan Falls on way to Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna
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    Visit the Churches of Laguna

    by pres_16 Updated Apr 23, 2014

    In this pilgrimage, we visited five churches that belong to the Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna, in this order:

    1) San Pedro Alcantara Parish, Pakil
    2) Our Lady's Nativity Parish, Pangil
    3) Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Pagsanjan
    4) St. Gregory the Great Parish, Majayjay
    5) St. John d Baptist Parish, Liliw

    Parish of San Pedro Alcantara, Pakil Our Lady's Nativity Parish, Pangil Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pagsanjan St. Gregory the Great Parish, Majayjay St.John the Baptist Parish, Liliw
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    Enchanted Kingdom Themepark

    by pres_16 Updated Feb 17, 2014

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    I visited this theme park with some of my friends, a week after the strong typhoon 'Milenyo' hit the country. Reason why some of the rides were not working. I don't have the strong spirit for scary rides so I just tried the simple ones, like the Carousel, the Swan and others.
    *October 2016

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    Los Banos Flower & Garden Show

    by cyndymc Updated Nov 25, 2011

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    The Flower and Garden Show is a most awaited event in Los Banos where those with green thumb can buy high quality plants and flowers at low, low prices. Those who do not have green thumb but love flowers and nice gardens will also enjoy being there to see the entries and winners to the Best Flowering Plant, Best in Landscape, Best Orchid, etc. The greenery and the colorful blooms are very relaxing and therapeutic, too.

    The Los Banos Flower & Garden Show is held twice a year, usually April and October. Exact dates are announced on print media.

    Los Banos Flower & Garden Show Cattleyas @ The Los Banos Flower & Garden Show Vandas @ The Los Banos Flower & Garden Show I Bought This Cattleya Cattleya @ The Los Banos Flower & Garden Show
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    Enchanted Kingdom

    by barbie_sunrise Written Jun 23, 2011

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    Themepark just 30 km away from Makati. Ive been here several times when i was younger than now. Then i just recently visited this place last May. After going around several themeparks outside philippines this is not as big as the others. But its still worth to visit the place. They have new attractions. Other new attractions are not included in the Entrance fee. Entrance cost 400 pesos (weekdays) 500 pesos (weekends).

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    Splash Island

    by limledi Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Splash Island is Philippines' biggest waterpark offering thrilling rides for all ages. Camp Carambola offers rides for kids. You can have lunch at Fiesta Sa Pulo. Food & beverages are strictly not allowed to be brought inside the park. You can enjoy the waves at Agos Grandes. Most of the rides for adults are found near Isla Pawikan. Changing rooms, locker sheds, video games shed & gift shop can be found inside the park. Don't forget to bring your swimwear & sunblock. This park is open during summers only. Weekdays P250 Adult/ P200 kids/senior citizens (with ID). Weekends P325 & P250. Kids under 36" are free of charge.

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    Flowers

    by moonlighting Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In some parts of the Makiling trail you'll see scenes like this: FLOWERS! But this is about the only species I saw which was abundant in the mid of the hike. Once on the peak of the montain, I saw several species, small ones of different colors.
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    I dared not smell the flower, let alone pick any of them. I was scared of the much talked about mountain goddess (Maria Makiling). But I was allowed to take pictures of the scene. Good enough!

    Flowers along the way
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    Remember These When You Go To Pagsanjan

    by cyndymc Written Aug 27, 2009

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    There is a seeming unending problem regarding boatmen of Pagsanjan despite the local government's campaign against abusive boatmen. Copy these nos. in your mobile phone so they come in handy for problematic situations:
    Office of the Mayor: 0920-9073480, (049)8084057, (049)8217950
    Pagsanjan Tourist Police: (049)8085054, (049)8084050
    Tourism Office: (049)8210166, (049)8210036

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    Pagsanjan Falls In Laguna

    by listenandlearn Written Aug 18, 2009

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    There is this water falls in the Philippines and tourists are told that it’s located in a province called Pagsanjan, well, would you like to know a little more, it’s really not located in Pagsanjan, to be exact it’s located at a province called, Cavint, Laguna. Each province is divided into a small area which we call now Barangay, and the barangay the falls is located exactly is Anglas, Cavinti. To get to Pagsanjan falls it is best that you drive as what we did and we did couple of stops on our way visiting few memorable church, from Manila on till we got to the Pagsanjan Falls it took us fairly 2 hours of easy driving. It is most advisable to get to the Falls before lunch hour, so, by the time you return then the sun starts setting and it isn’t too dark which can be a bite scary fighting those rough rapids. Remember there are about 16 rapids, which you would have to pass.
    As we got there, we saw about 20-25 raft crew service fellows. Each passenger was charged Ph700.00 (seven hundred pesos), they are well equipped; they make you wear that life jacket vests. One great advise from our experience. Our start shooting the rapids was not too bad although after the first 4th rapid, then the boat men had to get off the canoe and practically carried us two while we were seated as the rocks where hard for the canoe to be brought up, let’s not forget, if you have your mobile phones, your cameras, any electronics which can not get wet, be sure if you need to take it, make sure it’s wrapped in a plastic tight bag so the water get to your electronic devices.
    The ride was something we could talk about all the time as we all had a super good time. Tipping the boatmen, if you give them forty pesos each man (normally there are two per canoe boat) they would be happy. If your taking a child of about 15 years and younger best that they wear a helmet as for their own protection, you will not know how rough those rapids are once your in the heart of the beautiful water falls. Have a safe and happy memorable visit to the Pagsanjan Falls! Cheers!

    we are all going to shoot the rapids! Pretty calm to start with. Ah! what an amazing water falls, wee! All safe back with loads of happy memories! There was a holy image of the Blessed Mother!
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    "Anilag" Festival

    by cyndymc Written Apr 22, 2009

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    ANILAG is an acronym for "Ani ng Laguna" which means "Harvest of Laguna", and Anilag Festival is meant to showcase the best of each town of Laguna. Held annually to coincide with Laguna Day (March 10), Anilag Festival is held at the Capitol grounds in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. This year's theme was "Disenyo ng Laguna" so the booths of each town were designed to depict a distinctive feature of their area.

    See my travelogue on Anilag for more details.

    Booth of Sta. Cruz, Capital of Laguna Beauty Queen's Gown is Made of Pandan Mat Unassuming Gov. Ningning Lazaro Mingled W/ Guests Folk Dancers Majayjay Town's Booth
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    Visita Iglesia

    by cyndymc Written Dec 13, 2008

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    Try going to Laguna for your Visita Iglesia (a Filipino family tradition during Lenten season). Aside from the religious aspect, you will gain appreciation of the historical and cultural background of the place, and you will be awed by the well-preserved Baroque/Rennaisance architectural details.

    Liliw Church Magdalena Church Paete Church Immaculate Conception Church (Sta Cruz)

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    Eat Cottage Cheese (Kesong Puti) from Sta. Cruz

    by cyndymc Written Dec 13, 2008

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    Sta. Cruz is not only known as the capital of Laguna, but as the "Kesong Puti" (or cottage cheese made of carabao milk) capital. Sta. Cruz makes the best kesong puti in the country sought by health conscious locals and foreigners.

    Sta. Cruz Kesong Puti
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    Not So Far Away Rice Paddies

    by cyndymc Updated Sep 14, 2008

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    With the real estate boom in the Philippines,many rice plantations have been converted into residential areas. Fewer rice plantations meant more expensive rice for the locals,and with cheaper imported rice,many rice farmers opted to sell their lands to real estate developers instead of taking risks to plant then sell rice at uncompetitive prices. Some farmers continue to plant rice,but on a smaller scale,just for their community or family use.
    The sight of rice paddies is a rarity now. Luckily,you don't have to travel far from Manila to go to Laguna,you can still see rice paddies along the highway. I don't know, but there is a certain kind of happy feeling when I see rice paddies in verdant green as backdrop to the blue skies. We usually stop by the highway to let my Manila-based friends and foreign visitors see such beautiful country scenery.

    Bayanihan (Helping each other) in Harvesting Rice Verdant green on a sunny day Still beautiful under overcast skies Ripe for Harvest
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    Driving around the Lake

    by asianbelle Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    San Pablo City is known as the city of 7 lakes, rightfully so. One of the easily accessible, and the most popular, is Sampaloc Lake. It is also the biggest among the crater lakes with Mt. Cristobal as its backdrop.

    The lake can be circled on foot, on bike, or in a car. Taking the latter, it took us 30 mins on concrete road.

    There were small parks along the lake, but for better view, go up to the viewing deck located at the back of the city hall.

    Sampaloc Lake
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    You must try Sweet Espasol

    by allelli Written Aug 1, 2007

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    Espasol is a sticky rice variety cook in a large wok until brown, then grinding this down into a fine powder and cooking it is sugar and young coconut, the finished product is rolled in more sticky rice flour into small cylindrical shapen, then wrapped.

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Comments (2)

  • May 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    i really wanna go here.. can someone tell me where is this place?

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      May 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Asia >Philippines >Province of Laguna. And see the map to the top right of this post.

  • May 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    what's the name of the place?

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