Category Archives: Laguna

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 stroll so we opted instead for Aliw Falls in Luisiana.

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Another Glimpse of San Pablo: The Sulyap Café

Our trip to Cagbalete Island cut short by a family emergency, we drove straight for home once we disembarked from our boat at Mauban port past 1PM. It was not yet dark when we reached San Pablo City and were contemplating having dinner at one of the gas stations along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). However, Nina’s aunt and uncle suggested we take early dinner instead at the Sulyap Gallery Café inside San Pablo City proper. They assured us the stopover would be worth it.

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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 back dropped by the towering presence of the Mt. Banahaw volcano complex.

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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 to Nagcarlan several times now, and while we were initially just passing through en route to other destinations in Laguna or Quezon, we soon realized that there are quite a number of travel destinations in town worth our time.

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Aliw Falls: Amused by Luisiana’s Gem of a Waterfall

For the longest time, the province of Laguna was synonymous with the Pagsanjan Falls (now known as Cavinti Falls) and its accompanying shooting-the-rapids boat ride. But in the past 10 years or so, several other major waterfalls all over the province – beside other natural attractions – have gained prominence. And it seems that previously unheard-of falls keep getting discovered every year. Continue reading Aliw Falls: Amused by Luisiana’s Gem of a Waterfall

Lakes Pandin and Yambo: Touring San Pablo’s 7 Lakes, Part 2

Our tour of San Pablo’s Seven Lakes continues! On a visit to Nina’s aunt and uncle who have retired to a quiet home at Hacienda Escudero in Tiaong, Quezon, we took off for Lakes Palakpakin and Mohicap. Our third and last day was reserved for the Twin Lakes of Pandin and Yambo. We’ve been to Lake Pandin before but since we enjoyed our first trip here last year we did not mind going back. Besides we haven’t yet been to Lake Pandin’s twin, Lake Yambo.

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Lakes Mohikap and Palakpakin: Touring San Pablo’s 7 Lakes, Part 1

A cluster of seven freshwater lakes located to the east-northeast of the city of San Pablo, Laguna has given this municipality the moniker “City of Seven Lakes.” On the surface, Lakes Sampaloc, Bunot, Pandin, Yambo, Palakpakin, Mohikap and Calibato look just like any ordinary lake. But as a geologist friend told us, these lakes are maars or volcanic craters formed when hot magma from underneath the earth’s surface pushes up and comes into contact with water causing eruptions on the surface. These eruptions formed huge craters that later filled with water, forming the seven lakes of today. The looming shapes of dormant volcanos Mts. San Cristobal and Banahaw in the area are reminders of the lakes’ origins.

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