We were so disgusted that a "kesong puti" vendor took advantage of our trust. Here's our story:
During the past eve of All Saints' Day, the cottage cheese run out of stock. Hubby asked each one of the highway vendors, but not one had any left because of advance orders. One woman said the next batch will be ready by 5 PM, and suggested that we place our orders. We ordered 9 bundles of large "kesong puti". Meantime, we went to the memorial park with some relatives. Before 4 PM, the husband of the woman from whom we ordered the cottage cheese told hubby that our orders were ready, and asked if he would deliver them to us. We were happy to see that this guy seemed to have good customer relations. We were impressed by his personalized service. When we got home, we were disappointed to find out that the "kesong puti" delivered to us were not fresh, and the cheese was so bland.
Unique Suggestions: What a waste of money! It's such a pity to let good money spent go to waste. I thought of frying the cheese on bacon fat. I know, I know...it's not healthy anymore, but at least it didn't go to waste.
Fun Alternatives: I didn't let the situation pass without letting the dishonest vendor know that we were disappointed. Hubby and I went to him and told him about it. He was defensive and told us they never sell hardened "old" cheese. He called his wife and asked for a newly prepared "kesong puti". He let us taste it. I did. It tasted bland and so unlike the original "kesong puti" of Sta. Cruz. They were still defensive and told us we might just not know how to tell a fresh one. I almost lost my temper, to be told by these people we didn't know, when in fact, we had our roots in Sta. Cruz and ate "kesong puti" for years since we were toddlers.
We went to Flor de Lima's Special Kesong Puti and within view of the dishonest vendors, we bought 7 bundles of big size cottage cheese. In this small town, everybody knows almost everybody. I gathered that the said couple were new in cottage cheese making, and were known not to use pure carabao's milk.
Lesson: Don't buy from just anyone even if you are craving to have genuine cottage cheese.
I grew up in Sta. Cruz, capital town of Laguna which comes before Pagsanjan. Everytime we visit my hometown, I get irritated at the sight of "Bankeros" (boatmen) hailing travelers at the highway, even many towns away from Pagsanjan. NEVER be tempted to stop even if you just want to inquire.
When you reach the town of Pagsanjan, park your vehicle at the Shrine of Guadalupe, a very old church beside the Local Tourism Council Office. Even at the church grounds, "bankeros" will approach you. DON'T EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THEM because they will only irritate you with hard sell boat service. If they see you taking pictures of the church, they will naturally take you for tourists, but let them be. From the gate of the church, you will see Tourist Policemen manning the front of the Local Tourism Council Office. Cross the street and inquire from authorities.
Take a mental note of your bankero's face and name. Now, if on the way, the accredited bankero still attempts to "scalp" you, tell him nicely that you're sorry you didn't bring enough cash because you thought you only had to give them the regulated price. Then, when your back in town, make a report to the Local Tourism Council when you return, or call:
Office of the Mayor: 0920-9073480, (049)8084057, (049)8217950
Pagsanjan Tourist Police: (049)8085054, (049)8084050
Tourism Office: (049)8210166, (049)8210036
upon arriving Pagsangjan town, we ask regarding how to go to the falls, when a man approach us and assist us to a some kind of a hotel and we pay 660 each and there were 9 of us. But when we were in the boat the bankero ask us another 20 dollars each for their services since according to him it is not part of what we paid for? at the end we still were able to pay an additional 3 thousand as tip. talagang hinold up kami ng harap- harapan. I think Mayor Ejercito should do something more about this to incourage tourism in the area. Nakakahiya kayong mga taga Pagsangjan! Although we loved the place but we can never recommend it to others because of our experienced!
Unique Suggestions: Go directly to the municipal tourism in charge or book a travel agency to fix your trip.
While travelling from Manila, upon entering Pangsangjan town, careful on route sign going to Falls..make sure that the sign are fixed sign not like those built temporarily on corners..because it will confused you which eventually makes you ask to by-standers..
Once you asked you are trapped, they will come after you until you agree to their assistance offer.
Unique Suggestions: Asked them to bring you to the local travel ministry office in that area.
Fun Alternatives: Never pay to anyone acting as guide. Pay to local office in the location.