LAGUNA PROVINCE Home of the famous Pagsanjan Falls
Capital: Santa Cruz Area: 1,816 sq km Municipalities: 29 Cities: San Pablo, Santa Cruz
This is the place to visit if your time in the Philippines is limited. Approaching the province is one of the most pleasant 1 ½ hour drive in all of Luzon. It is characterized by historic towns, coconut plantations, lakeshores, sheltered valleys, waterfalls, hot springs, and volcanoes.
A popular place in this picturesque province is Pagsanjan where visitors flock for the thrilling experience of shooting the rapids. Just across the river from Pagsanjan is the town of Lumban, the celebrated embroidery capital of Luzon. The town of Los Banos , famous for its hot springs, is also where the International Rice Research Institure (IRRI) is located. Laguna's richly-forested hills and mountains provide material for the livelihood of the towns of Pakil and Paete which are woodcarvers' haven. The Philippines' biggest family theme park , Enchanted Kingdom, is in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
Laguna was one of
the first eight provinces to rise in revolt. On August 31,1898 last Spanish
garrison in Sta. Cruz surrendered to Filipino troops. Laguna expressed its full
support to the First Philippine Republic declared in Malolos, Bulacan. During
the Filipino-American War from 1899-1901, Laguna was a major battlefield between
American and Filipino troops. Laguna's revolutionaries conducted one of the most
successful guerrilla campaigns in the country but the struggle was eventually
abandoned after the capture of President Emilio Aguinaldo in 1901. Civilian
government was established in June 1902.
Hidden Valley SpringsDrive through a scenic countryside South of Manila to a unique place called Hidden Valley.
It's bewitching vegetation flourishes in a 110-hectare crater 300 feet deep believed to have been formed by aviolent volcanic upheaval thousands of years ago.
A private resort that boasts of virgin forests, century old trees, giant ferns, wild orchids, and a hidden waterfall which is a sight to behold.
Several natural spring pools are available for dipping to guarantee a well day spent. Meals include Buffet Lunch and Afternoon Snacks (Merienda).