Baby, JetSet, Go Destination Guide: Laguna

Laguna is a province with abundant natural wonders that include vast forests, mountainous land areas, hot and cold springs, agricultural fields, waterfalls, and gardens. Combining its natural resources with modern investments, Laguna prospers and is considered as one of the most progressive provinces in the country. As a tourist destination, awe-inspiring attractions and colorful festivals await local and foreign visitors all year round.

History

The province is surrounded by the Laguna de Bay, from which it takes its name. The largest freshwater lake in the Philippines and the second in Asia, Laguna de Bay hugs the Metropolitan Manila coastline in the northwest and Rizal and Laguna provinces on its western, eastern, and central bays. Laguna was the first provincial capital during the Spanish era and later on, was one of the eight provinces first to rise in revolt against Spanish colonizers. The province is also instrumental in some other significant historic events such as the Chinese revolts in the 1600s and the Filipino-American hostilities in 1899-1901.

Places to See

Laguna features a number of historical, cultural, and natural attractions, among them the Rizal Shrine in Calamba, a reconstruction of the original home of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Other sites include the Homma-Yamashita Shrine in Los Baños, the Japanese Garden in Caliraya, Seven Lakes in San Pablo, Pagsanjan Falls in Cavinti, and Mount Makiling in Los Baños.

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, built by Franciscan Missionaries in the 18th century, is considered a major historical landmark. The National Arts Center, located in the Los Baños campus of the University of the Philippines, offers a fantastic vantage point for viewing Laguna de Bay, Talim Island, Crocodile Lake, and the International Rice Research Institute. Inns, resorts, and hotels are scattered all across the province, ready to accommodate tourists.

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