5 Things To Do In Laguna
This vast and wonderful province in the South has a lot more to offer than you think
Whether you work a hectic 8-to-5 corporate job or if you're a freelancer who is constantly chasing deadlines, we’ve all had punishing and stressful days when nothing seem to go as planned.
When things get overwhelming, sometimes all we need is a quick getaway to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. Thankfully, just in the outskirts of bustling Manila, is Laguna. Famed for its sights and stories, there’s a lot more to explore in this humble province than what you already know—after all, adventure is always a good idea. Check out the five things you should experience on your next visit:
Play with furry friends at The Fun Farm in Sta. Elena
Found inside Sta. Elena Village, The Fun Farm features a variety of amenities that both kids and adults will enjoy. For an entrance fee of only P300, you get to enjoy activities such as animal feeding, Carabao-cart riding, horseback riding, fishing, row-boating, a mini zip-line, a rope, and an obstacle course. Although visitors are encouraged to bring their own food, the friendly staff will be happy to assist in using the Pavilion and picnic grounds.
Fun Farm at Sta. Elena, Barrio Malitlit, Sta. Rosa Laguna
- Operating Hours: 9am to 4pm. By appointment only.
- You may call or text 0920-468-8785 for inquiries.
Photos from My Mom Friday.
Take a hike to the summit of Mt. Makiling
Named after its mystical dweller Maria Makiling, the infamous mountain has inspired numerous tales and poems that have become popular among tourists and locals alike. Although the contour of the mountain is said to be formed like its protector whilst sleeping, it is ideal for hiking, camping, trekking, biking, and even bird watching. Gather your friends for a day of adventure in this legendary spot.
- If you are interested in climbing the peak of Mt. Makiling, you can visit Pinoy Mountaineer for trip schedules and itineraries.
Photo from Viganttintourism.
Appreciate prehistoric architecture at Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
Established in 1845, this unusual Baroque-style crypt is visited by thousands of visitors everyday. The only one of its kind in the Philippines, it has served as an exclusive resting place for departed Spanish friars for over a century and is considered a national historical landmark for being used as a secret meeting place by the Katipuneros in 1896.
- Barangay Bambang, Nagcarlan, Laguna
Photo from Obra19 CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia.
Soak up the province's rich culture at the Pila Heritage Site
A declared national historical landmark, this quaint town in Laguna is dotted with Spanish era houses built in the early 1900s and one of the last municipalities that have well-preserved structures. You can also find the grand Saint Anthony of Padua Parish (the first Antonine church in the Philippines) here—it’s the perfect place to learn about the history of the province.
Pila Heritage Site
- San Nicolas Pila, Laguna
- Open 24 hours. No entrance fee.
Photo from Lonely Travelogue.
Learn more about our National Hero at Rizal Shrine
For the history buffs, a stopover at the Rizal Shrine is a must. Opened to the public in 1950, it is dubbed as one of the most prominent tourist spots in the country with an average of over 270,000 visits annually. According to the National Historical Institute (NHI)—"It was in that house that Jose Rizal was shaped and molded and who would become the finest expression of his race."
- Calamba, Laguna
- Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 8am to 12nn and 1pm to 5pm.
- No entrance fee.
Photo from Historical Spots in Calamba City.
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