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Sampaloc Lake (San Pablo City, Laguna): Photo of the Day

It’s amazing when the Philippines looks like it’s not the Philippines. You go around the different islands of the Philippines, and there are more than 7,000 islands, and you discover that it looks like a foreign land. That’s certainly how we felt when we saw the karst landscape of Palawan. That’s the same feeling when we saw this lovely sunset photo of Sampaloc Lake in San Pablo City, province of Laguna, courtesy of Judy Talan (check her Instagram acccount, @judyeatworld, for more photos). Majestic, beautiful nature. Click the photo to enlarge:

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Photo of the Day: Mystery in Buruwisan Falls

Nope, there’s really no mystery. Or maybe there is. Exciting tales of mystery usally surround hidden nooks and crannies of the Philippines. But we wouldn’t know for sure because we haven’t been to Buruwisan Falls, tucked safely somewhere in Mt. Romelo (Siniloan, Laguna). Perhaps we can ask the one who took this photo, Rowie Pagcaliwagan (check his Instagram account, @rowiepoly), who wants to go travel with nothing but his backpack and camera. Sounds fun, although the last time we’ve heard something like that, Rose (Kate Winslet) was telling Jack (Leonardo diCarprio) to paint her wearing her necklace, and nothing but the necklace. We all know that she meant that literally. We don’t know if Rowie meant the backpack-and-camera bit in the same way. Back to the photo, the perspective of this shot instroduces a certain sense of mystery to the usual frontal photo of Buruwisan Falls. It’s like the photographer is trapped in some invisible wall, with the pillars of waterdrops serving as prison bars. And the mystery deepens. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Mystery in Buruwisan Falls

Ranking the Rides of Enchanted Kingdom

It’s good to discover that the best theme park in the Philippines, Enchanted Kingdom, added new rides since the last time we went here. We also discovered that a visit to Enchanted Kingdom is more fun, at least for us, when done late in the afternoon, around 4:00 p.m., when the sun is about to set. The cooler weather makes it more fun and less energy draining. The park (located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna) closes at 9:00 p.m. so there’s enough time to go around. Continue reading Ranking the Rides of Enchanted Kingdom

Try the Disk-O-Magic of Enchanted Kingdom

Obviously to keep the theme park fresh to guests, the new and frequent visitors alike, the Enchanted Kingdom (Sta. Rosa, Laguna) brings in new rides from time to time. The last time we were here, Enchanted Kingdom welcomed the EKstreme Tower Ride. This time around, we didn’t expect to see, and so we were smiling when we saw, the spanking-new Disk-O-RamaContinue reading Try the Disk-O-Magic of Enchanted Kingdom

Patis Tito Garden Cafe (formerly Kusina ni Salud)

The sun was out in all its glory during the Pahiyas Festival in Lucban (Quezon province), showing off how Philippine summer feels like. The cool, fresh breeze from Mt. Banahaw gave a bit of relief, but the heat grew more immense as lunch time approached. Ah, lunch time, how can we miss that. We’ve witnessed the colorful kiping and fresh farm produce proudly displayed  during the Pahiyas Festival. The search was on for a great place to have lunch while in the area. Continue reading Patis Tito Garden Cafe (formerly Kusina ni Salud)

EKstreme Tower Ride at Enchanted Kingdom (Laguna)

We have a previous post on the Enchanted Kingdom and, as a general rule, we’d simply have one post for each destination or item under a category. The few exceptions are made under exceptional circumstances, like when we ranked the slides in Splash Island. We’ll be doing something similar to Enchanted Kingdom — not a ranking, because the EKstreme Tower Ride is hands-down the most scary ride. Continue reading EKstreme Tower Ride at Enchanted Kingdom (Laguna)

Laguna Loop: Historical Tour and Visita Iglesia

We’ve noted in the previous post on visita iglesia in Bicol and Ilocos that the Holy Week (semana santa or cuaresma), specifically Maundy Thursday, is the traditional time for visita iglesia (church visit). Some visit seven churches, while those with more time cover fourteen churches. One of the popular pilgrimage and visita iglesia destination is the Laguna Loop, a series of churches in churches surrounding the Laguna Lake. We’ve taken a tour of these churches. Here’s the itinerary. Hopefully it would be of help to others. Continue reading Laguna Loop: Historical Tour and Visita Iglesia

Shooting the Rapids in Pagsanjan Falls (Laguna)

We were impressed by the expertise of the Cagayan de Oro white water rafting crew as they safely guided the raft through the angry rapids. The Butanding Interaction Officers in Donsol swam smoothly and ably assisted guests in safely interacting with the butanding (whale sharks). They are well-trained and experts in what they do, and if you add back-breaking work to that, you’ll be referring to the boatmen of Pagsanjan Falls. Continue reading Shooting the Rapids in Pagsanjan Falls (Laguna)

St. Peter of Alcantara Church (Pakil, Laguna)

The town of Pakil, in the province of Laguna. Doesn’t ring a bell. Most probably not. You may be more familiar with the neighboring town of Paete, renowned for its great wood carvers and works of wood art. What surprised us in the trip through the Laguna Loop is the fact that the Pakil Church, or the St. Peter of Alcantara Church, looks better than the Church of Paete. Continue reading St. Peter of Alcantara Church (Pakil, Laguna)

The Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan, Laguna

This national historical landmark, constructed in 1845, is hard to miss when passing through the national highway in the town of Nagcarlan, province of Laguna. The airy and spacious plaza is impressive. The brick wall and fence are picture-perfect. But I wouldn’t want to be stuck here at night. This is a cemetery. An old cemetery, yes, but a cemetery nonetheless. Continue reading The Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan, Laguna