A Peek Into Siniloan’s Hidden Falls

Since this pandemic broke out we’ve been itching to head up to a white sand beach or trek to a waterfall. But it’s better to be safe than sorry so we chose to button up at home for most of 2020. A few days ago, however, we got the chance to visit some of the waterfalls at beautiful Siniloan in Laguna.

Laguna: In Our Crosshairs for a Quick Getaway

This province is a no-brainer any time we want a quick and easy break away from the concrete jungle of Metro Manila. With its picturesque waterfalls, hot and cold springs, scenic lakes and historic spots, Laguna is a veritable plethora of natural, cultural and historical gems. Western Laguna The towns of western Laguna lie on... Continue Reading →

Majayjay: Just Passing Through

Metro Manila’s horrendous traffic and vehicle number coding schemes would sometimes force us to leave early for a trip outside the metropolis. And so last Tuesday, on the way to the wake of a friend’s sister in Lucena City in Quezon province we had to leave at 5:30AM since our car was off-limits on Metro... Continue Reading →

Pila: Laguna’s Historical Landmark

We would pass by this quaint town on road trips to the waterfalls and other attractions of the northern Laguna towns of Pagsanjan, Cavinti and Luisiana. Not once did we ever think about exploring Pila. But not until recently did we realize just what we had been missing. Pila’s town plaza, including the nearby ancestral... Continue Reading →

Dining at Liliw

The town of Liliw sits along the foot of Mount Banahaw, tucked away in a remote corner of the province of Laguna. Despite becoming famous in recent years for its footwear-making industry, it remains a small and charming town situated quite a distance from the major highways of Southern Luzon. It was no small surprise... Continue Reading →

Cavinti: Getaway for a Day

The rainy season in the Philippines often puts a damper on vacation plans. Over the years we’ve learned to embrace that and to change plans quickly when the weather situation warrants it. So when our plan to go cove-hopping around Mariveles, Bataan’s’ Five Fingers failed to materialize due to the rough seas churned by a... Continue Reading →

Aliw Falls: The Second Time Around

While visiting Nina’s uncle at Hacienda Escudero in Tiaong, Quezon along with some friends, we thought about hiking to a waterfall in that region of Laguna and Quezon. It was tempting to try Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna or the lesser known Hangga Falls in Sampaloc, Quezon but both would require more than a leisurely... Continue Reading →

Majayjay: A Backcountry Retreat

This small town located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw is one of our favorite spots whenever we wanted to get away from the metropolitan jungle that is Metro Manila. Located about 120 kilometers south of the metropolis, Majayjay in Laguna province offers waterfalls, cold springs and soothing views of farm fields and rain forests... Continue Reading →

Stopover at Nagcarlan

Located at the foot of Mt. San Cristobal and Mt. Banahaw, Nagcarlan has a relatively cool climate and is surrounded by lush greenery. It is a large municipality in terms of land area (78 square kilometers) but it is not heavily populated; there are less than 60,000 residents according to a 2010 census. We’ve been... Continue Reading →

Liliw: Beyond the Cold Springs

It’s one of those places on our list of destinations for a brief and recharging retreat whenever we want a temporary respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Three hours from Metro Manila might not seem like a short ride away but that’s how long it takes to navigate the 100 km. distance... Continue Reading →

A Rainy Afternoon in San Pablo

The period from August to November in the Philippines are typically wet months. Worst, typhoons from the Pacific make landfall in the country right around these months; otherwise people have to contend with heavy rains brought in by the southwest monsoon. This is the reason we often do not travel locally during that time. A... Continue Reading →

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