Laguna is a perfect destination for tourists looking for a place that is just a few hours from Manila. In fact, I recommend this picturesque province for tourists who have limited time to spend in the Philippines since Laguna offers a wide variety of spectacular things to see including lovely parks, historic places, scenic mountain, picture-perfect waterfalls, and uncanny underground cemetery.
Moreover, the province offers mouthwatering local delicacies including the famous buko pie from Los Baños, Biñan’s iconic puto, as well as the savoury fried duck from Victoria.
If you’re planning to visit Laguna, here are five amazing things you can do in the province.
1. Feed fish at Nuvali Park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Probably one of the finest parks in the country, Nuvali is poised as a famous shopping and leisure destination in the south. Aside from business establishments, Nuvali features a man-made lake perfect for nature lovers who want to experience boat-riding and fish-feeding.
2. Travel back in time and visit Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s ancestral house in Calamba.
If you want to get to know more about the rich history of our country, you better visit Rizal Shrine in Calamba. The ancestral house of Dr. Jose Rizal’s family gives us a glimpse of the early life of our national hero.
3. Savor nature at Mt. Makiling in Los Banos.
Named after Maria Makiling, a forest nymph who protects the mountain and its townspeople according to legend, Mt. Makiling is perhaps one of the most mystical mountains in the country. Recognized as an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2013, Mt. Makiling has several places of interest including Mud Springs, the National Arts Center, and the Makiling National Scout Reservation.
4. Explore Nagcarlan’s Underground Cemetery.
This one-of-a-kind burial site was built in 1845 as an underground cemetery exclusively for Spanish friars, members of the elite Catholic families, as well as popular town figures. Housing over 276 niches, the Baroque cemetery is dubbed as the only underground cemetery in the country.
5. Come to shoot the rapids at Pagsanjan Falls.
One of the best things in Laguna, Pagsanjan Falls is one of nature’s wonder in the country you shouldn’t miss. For the thrill of Shooting the Rapids in this three-drop waterfalls of Balanac and Bumbungan Rivers, you only need to pay P1,000. You shouldn’t leave Laguna without paying a visit to this famous waterfalls.