Abundant in culture, heritage and treasured gems, Laguna is just about 30 kilometers from Manila. Derived from the Spanish word ‘Lago’, which means ‘Lake’, Laguna is well known for having one of the biggest lakes in Southeast Asia. The province is brimming with historical events, and is a battleground of most revolutions. Remarkably, the most respected person in the country, who came from Ilustrado families of Calamba, Laguna, our very own national hero – Jose Rizal, was born in this province.
Laguna is also rich in tourist attractions, and is one of the best destinations to experience your next adventures.
Places to Visit in LAGUNA
Situated in Calamba, Laguna, is the actual birthplace of the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal. The house was turned into a museum to commemorate the childhood of Rizal, where he grew up and was molded into a bright gentleman. Presently, the said house is just a replica of the old house of Rizal’s family, which was ordered by former President Elpidio Quirino and was handled by the National Architect, Juan Nakil. The only surviving property of the Rizals’ house is a deep well, which became a wishing well of the tourists who come to visit the place.
NATIONAL ART CENTER
A haven for artists and young aspiring ones, NAC is situated in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños. It is an open-air theatre where people who are living in the surrounding towns of Laguna can have a peek of the center. The Philippine High School for the Arts is also situated in the area, so when there are performances, concerts, or exhibits, it’s the best venue for the students to hold the event.
This is a man-made lake created in 1993 in Laguna, which runs along the three towns of Lumban, Cavinti, and Kalayaan. Its refreshing light wind of the Sierra Madre mountain, combined with the down-reaching waters of the lake, makes it an exemplary place to enjoy various water sports and activities, such as fishing, boating, water skiing, jesting, and windsurfing.
Built by the Japanese government in the 1970s, Japanese Garden is a memorial park made to commemorate the death of the Japanese soldiers during the World War II. It is located along the Lake of Caliraya in Laguna. Made up with marbles, the shrine where people visit to pray and offer gifts for the spirits of the dead soldiers is situated in the elevated part of the garden.
MAKILING BOTANIC GARDENS
A tourist and educational destination, the Makiling Botanic Gardens was made to support the research for forestry and plant sciences of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)- College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), making it a perfect place to have picnics with your family and friends, with its recreational facilities, such as trails, creeks, and various nature gems.
Considered as one of the national historical landmark in the Philippines, this bizarre structure and area where the graveyard is located 15 feet below a church. The underground cemetery used to be the secret meeting place of the Filipino revolutionaries, particularly the Katipuneros. It was also used as the hiding place for the Filipino guerrillas during the World War II.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Laguna is the Pagsanjan falls. It is located within the boundaries of Cavinti, Laguna, but can also be reached by a short hike from Cavinti itself or by a river trip using a dugout canoe. The town of Pagsanjan lies at the confluence of two rivers, the Balanac River and the Bumbungan River (also known as the Pagsanjan River).
Known to be the largest waterpark in the Philippines, Splash Island is located in Biñan, Laguna, and has a wide variety of rides, which accommodate both children and adults. For children, there is a playground that has the water level up to the knees, so you don’t have to worry about them playing around. It’s a combination of a relaxing and amusing getaway with your friends and families.
Known as the ‘Carving Capital of the Philippines’, the tradition of wood carving in Paete goes way back during the Spanish era, and can also be read about in the novels of our national hero, Jose Rizal. The works of the craftsmen in Paete have reached a few countries including the Vatican City of Rome, Italy and the United States of America. Presently, the themes have become diverse- from religious to contemporary woodcrafts.
The largest theme park in the Philippines, Enchanted Kingdom offers the excitement and adventure your family and friends can enjoy, while experiencing the extreme rides the amusement park offers.