The Red Brick Landmarks of Liliw and Nagcarlan

Whenever we wander into the towns of Liliw and Nagcarlan in Laguna province, it’s impossible to overlook two red brick structures that trace their roots back to Spanish colonial times. The Underground Cemetery and the San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist) Church building are undoubtedly the most recognizable edifices in both towns.

Nagcarlan’s Bunga Falls

Named after the betel nut of the areca palm that used to grow abundantly in the area, Bunga Falls has always attracted our interest since we first visited this twin cascade ten years ago. Located along a stream that meanders through a forested area, this waterfall sits in a quiet section of Nagcarlan town near the foot of Mt. Banahaw.

Lake Calibato… At Long Last

Since 2014 we had been touring San Pablo, Laguna’s Seven Lakes, and ended up visiting four of them at least twice. But there was one out of the seven that we never got to visit. Not for any particular reason other than the fact that we could not locate an approach to this lake. Lake... Continue Reading →

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.

Travel in the Year of Quarantine

With the end of this pandemic seemingly nowhere in sight perhaps the best attitude for the New Year is summed up in what John Wooden, the coach with the most number of U.S. national collegiate basketball championships, once said: “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

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 →

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