What a better time to go on a road trip than in the summer. And the best place to go? Laguna, the province of the Philippines within the CALABARZON region in Luzon. Since the first town of Laguna is just an hour away from Manila,I often find myself in this notable province especially in the summer.
My recent trip to Laguna was last May 14, 2011 as part of our spontaneous side trips on our way to Lucban, Quezon via Sta.Cruz, Laguna. The group of friends we were meeting at the Calamba Exit took off late, so we proceeded to Calamba City then drove until Sta. Cruz and then finally met in Pagsanjan.
So for this first blogpost, I will focus on these three Laguna provinces of Calamba City, Sta.Cruz and Pagsanjan.
Calamba City - Gateway to southern provinces of Luzon
Calamba is a first class city of the Province of Laguna and is a gateway to the southern provinces of Luzon. It is bordered by Cabuyao to the north, Los Baños to the east, by Sto. Tomas,Batangas to the south, and by Tagaytay City and Silang,Cavite to the west.
Calamba City is home to Rizal Shrine, a reconstructed home where our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal was said to have been born. It is currently a museum which you can visit daily, without any entrance fee.
Sta. Cruz - Capital Town of Laguna
Sta. Cruz is a first class municipality and the capital town of the province of Laguna. It is bounded on the north and northwest by Laguna de Bay, on the northeast by Lumban, on the east by Pagsanjan, on the southeast by Magdalena , on the south by Liliw, and on the southwest by Pila.
We dropped by Sta.Cruz to buy its famous Kesong Puti while waiting for our friends who got stucked in traffic along Los Banos.
Pagsanjan - Tourist Capital of Laguna
From Sta.Cruz, we proceeded to Pagsanjan, a second class municipality in the province of Laguna. This municipality is also dubbed as the "tourist capital" of Laguna because of the Pagsanjan Falls (or Magdapio falls) famous among tourists. (I will have a separate post on the Pagsanjan Falls when I found my pictures!)
We found this arch to be a good place to wait on for our friends coz you can't miss the arch if you're going to Pagsanjan towards Cavinti and Lusiana. It is in itself a tourist spot!