If you have a day off, and happen to be just living in Metro Manila or Region IV-A (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon), you may want to have a little adventure in an inner area in Laguna.
Last summer, some of my friends came to our house and then we went on a road trip to San Pablo City (about 1.5 to 2.5 hours away from Manila, depending on the traffic), Nagcarlan, and Liliw (about 45 minutes away from San Pablo).
Since we were coming from my house, it took us about 30 minutes to reach San Pablo where Pandin Lake is (one of the seven lakes in the city). It is a hangout spot for everyone – couples, barkada, and the family. I kind of felt ashamed that I haven’t been there before. There are so many beautiful places in our country that we tend to take them for granted.
There was a minimal balsa fee (sorry I couldn’t remember, such an irresponsible blogger haha). We bought food from Jollibee (read: takot magutom) before going to the lake. Little did we know that there is a “cooperative group” in charge of tourism in the area. They provide meals per request. Please order the paco salad (fern/fronds with salted egg, tomatoes and a calamansi-based dressing); it’s really delicious and refreshing (no picture, naubos agad, hehe). Meanwhile, bring extra clothes if ever you would want to go into the water.
We left Pandin Lake after lunch then headed to visit the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery.
The cemetery was planned to serve as a public resting place for the people of the town while the underground chamber below the chapel of the cemetery will only house remains of Spanish friars and prominent people. (via Wikipedia)
We stayed for less than an hour in the cemetery. Next stop: Liliw.
Liliw is just a few minutes from Nagcarlan and there is only one main road so getting lost is not a problem. I’m going to show you pictures I took last summer (during our road trip) and the ones I took with my mom two weeks ago, when I came home to Laguna (thanks to APEC).
If Marikina City is the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, then Liliw is the Tsinelas Capital of the country. No kidding.
Women would be the happiest customers, while the guys usually become the alalay. Most designs are for the ladies.
I’m sure you’ll get tired and hungry after trying on too many shoes. I highly recommend Arabela…
My mom got a T-bone steak – not so good. I always order pasta when I’m here. I tried their pizza a long time ago, and now I can’t remember if I liked it or not.
You can go back to Manila via Sta. Cruz if you don’t want to drive back to San Pablo. This is where Waze comes in. Haha
So, when’s your Laguna road trip going to be?
♥ Proud probinsyana,