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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Embroidery tradition amon the women of Lumban, Laguna will never die out it passed from mother to daughter or aunt to niece, the art of delicate embroidery has been kept alive through the centuries, they have a Jusi from Batangas and Pina, the sheer cloth made of pineapple fiber come from Aklan. The lukban women are realy very good at needle work they usualy start at puberty, The gentle craft of Lumban became known worldwide since 1920 and today it is exported abroad especially in South Korea and countries in East Asia.
Makiling Botanic Gardens in Los Banos offers a nice stroll with good views. Center for Philippine Raptors located within is a mini-zoo where you can find birds of prey. The walk along the path towards the top offers a cool & refreshing sights with canopy of trees. The garden is a facility for scientific research and for recreation with fixtures such as swimming pool, picnic areas and nature trails. It is not so botanical, only trees.
Makiling Botanic Gardens is a good alternative to Mt. Makiling National Park which had negative reviews due to incidents of robbery inside the park. Few people also got lost roaming the huge park.
Rialto at EK is pure enjoyment. This is one of the rides I enjoyed most. At first, I just closed my eyes for fear of the unknown but after quite a while, I found it to be really fun. It's like in a movie theater but your seats move. Like going to the Galactica in a spaceship.