The first place that comes to a person’s mind every summer or hot season is the beach or places with cold water. And during this season places like Laguna (province) is one of the lists. Laguna is located at Northern part of Luzon in the Philippines. It is known to be as the birthplace of Jose Rizal, the country's national hero. It is also famous for attractions like Pagsanjan Falls, the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus, the hot spring resorts of Los Baños and Calamba on the slopes of Mount Makiling, Pila historic town plaza, Taytay Falls in Majayjay, the wood carvings and papier-mâché created by the people of Paeté, the annual Sampaguita Festival in San Pedro, the turumba of Pakil, the tsinelas footwears from Liliw, the Pandan Festival of Luisiana, the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, and the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan.
Recently, the most popular are the sceneries and highly innovative places found in Nuvali, in Sta. Rosa Laguna. The place is a good family bonding with recreational activities recommended for the family. Fun activity places are everywhere. For health conscious person, Nuvali is a good place to walk, jog or even biking event.
Nuvali’s several places were designed for great bike tracks and trails system, which includes approximately 50km of off-road biking and running trails. Aside from biking, everyone can enjoy the beautiful sceneries that they can go along with as they explore the beauty of Mount Makiling, Laguna de Bay, and the Tagaytay Ridge.
For those who are active on water activities, Republic Wakepark is right for you. It is water sports facility located inside the Nuvali complex. It is primed as the newest and most innovative wake park in the world exclusively for water skiing, surfing, and snowboarding combined altogether were those extreme sports lover could try.
Hot spring resort are famous attraction of Los Baños and Calamba
The top five tourist spot in Calamba are Rizal Shrine, Republic Wake Park, Lake Caliraya, R& R Spa and Laguna Hot Spring. Laguna Hot Spring offers a total health experience for the physical well-being of the old, not-so-old and the very young. Now, for more than 50 years of operation, it has remained as the only natural hot spring resort in the entire region. The spring water coming from the mountain is truly warm. That is the main reason why most grandparents love to visit and explore the place. They surmise that the water is suitable for people who is suffering rheumatism, stroke or injury.
The rehabilitation doctor, Dr. Antonio Periquet who said that wading and swimming in a warm spring pool would be good for damaged nerves. That’s why most people who visit Calamba, and it’s hot spring find healing remedy and distress feelings with satisfaction.
There is also a place for aesthete in Los Baños, and it would be the view from the National Arts Center. The sprawling government compound also boasts of St. Marc’s Chapel, designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin. It is the home of the Philippine High School for the Arts, an institution created for gifted young scholars from all over the country.
You will see a panorama of the town right down to a small crater on the edge of Laguna de Bay, popularly known as “The Crocodile Lake" as you look down from the circular open-air theater Tanghalang Maria Makiling on top of a plateau.
When it comes to land area, the largest university in the Philippines is UP Los Baños. The grandeur of Leandro V. Locsin’s architectural vision can be seen at the DL Umali Auditorium, UPLB Main Library, Jose Rizal Carillon, and Student Union Building. It’s worth the walk.
It was also in UPLB College of Forestry lower campus, starts the trail to head to Mt. Makiling, the legendary mother mountain of Laguna. Get to know the endemic plant life by climbing up to one of Mt. Makiling’s two peaks. A piece of advice for those adventurers who loves to explore the popular destination which are Mud spring and Flat Rocks: have your tour guide.
Most popular places for snacks with a Los Baños flavor, are the Caldi Group’s cafes, There’s Boston Grove, a pleasant brasserie beside LB square; One Caldi, a bistro near the UPLB Gate; and Boston Cafe, a coffee shop inside Robinson’s. Those are some of the places most students and professors of the campus love to go with. But if you wish to have colonial era food, Dal Cielo is the right place for you and must try their paella and cream puffs.
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is an international agricultural research and training organization with headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.
It was 1960 when established to minimize hunger and poverty and also to improve the health of consumers and rice farmers. IRRI is one of fifteen agricultural research centers in the world. It is only visited most of the time with students having their educational trip. It is also the largest non-profit agricultural research center in Asia.
Los Baños is also popular when it comes to buko pie. Most tourist and visitors never leave Los Baños without having a hot buko pie for their pasalubong.
If you are looking for historic town plaza, Pila Laguna is the place to explore. The top sights in Pila are the San Antonio da Padua Parish Church, Bilog na Bato resort, Pila Historical Town Center and Ken-Yo Garden Resort and Hotel.
Pila, Laguna is the best-known place having Spanish style ancestral houses where you can relax and hang out and feel the ambiance of the Spanish era. The 18th-century ornamental fountain in the center of Pila square plaza is inspired by Canarian architecture.According to Philippine historian, Dr. Luciano Santiago, Pila is the only town in the Philippines that is officially recognized as a historical site both state and church and declared the town plaza and surrounding ancestral houses by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines as “National Historical Landmark.”
If you are looking for falls for adventure and relaxation, Majayjay is the best place for you. You can relax at Dalitiwan Resort or even at Conejos Resort and feel the cold water of Taytay Falls.
For those who are interested in wood carvings and papier-mâché, the perfect place is in Paeté, the woodcarving capital of the Philippines. Aside from this, you can go to a place where most people perform a silent retreat, the “Tatlong Krus.” And if you are searching for a good place or restaurant to eat in Paete, Saranggola restaurant is the place to be. Matabungka Falls is also located at Paete Laguna.
What's the one thing we all know to be true for most Filipinos? They're hard working. They work really hard. Think about it. Try to observe your surroundings as you take the bus or the train in your way to work. What do you see? Go on. Take a look. You'll see gentlemen and women pacing their way to already filled buses. As you get out of the bus and walk your way to the train station, you'll see long lines of sweaty Filipinos waiting for their turn to ride the crowded train. You might even hear some of them say a few curses.
This is just their way of expressing themselves. The truth is their just really desperate to get to work on time. That's how serious Filipinos are when it comes to their job. They'd try to stop time if they could just, so they won't get late, but what other choice do they have but to put up with the barely moving queue in the train station.