By: MJ Gonzales |Gogagah

Philippines is blessed with not only of natural wonders, but also talented people who can create products that bring livelihood, recognition, and tourism. In fact, there are certain places that become tourist destinations because of delightful delicacy or fashionable and novelty items. Do you want pasalubong or something you can bring for your loved ones from the place you visit? Here the places to visit in Laguna:

    Fashionable sandals or slippers from Liliw, Laguna

It’s fun to go in Liliw especially during their Gat Tayaw Festival. In this occasion, you’ll see different programs like beauty pageant, parade, procession, and promotional sale of their premier product – tsinelas or slipper.  Apparently, Liliw was founded during the time of Gat Tayaw in 1571. Its name came from the tweet of a beautiful bird that alighted on a bamboo tree that Gat Tayaw’s men planted.

Liliw Laguna by HitokirihoshiHowever you don’t need to wait of their Tsinelas Festival before you go there. If you are not into festivity, you may visit their old church and do shopping. Lilliw Church (St. John the Baptist Parish) was founded in 1605 and created in 1646. On the other hand, the famous Nagcarlan Church (San Bartolome Apostol Parish Church) and its underground cemetery wasn’t far also from here.

Lanzones and Rambutan in Pakil and Paete

Lanzones and rambutan are not only delicious, but also nutritious fruits that you can buy or pick in Laguna particularly in Pakil and Paete.  Rambutan is a good source of carbohydrates, fats, iron, phosphorus, calcium, Vitamin C, and proteins; while Lanzones  offers phosphorus, calcium, thiamine, phytin, ascorbic acid, Vitamin A, protein, Vitamin B2, and fiber. Apart from Rambutan, Paete is also famous for producing high-grade wood-carved furniture and bakya or Philippine wooden shoes.

Pandan in Luisiana, Laguna

Luisiana is rich in pandan plants that’s why it’s not surprising that they come up with different products out of it such as bag, hat, and sack (bayong).  In a report of Manila Bulletin, the town was formerly called “burnt lowland’ because of its ashy soil. However according to volcanologist, their land is actually made of pyroclastic materials from volcanic eruption.  On the other side, Luisiana is also called ‘Little Baguio’ because of its cold climate even during dry season.

“Although Luisiana is a fourth class municipality, the place is quiet and conducive to rest and relaxation,” Engr. engineer Mario S. Baldovino, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator, said in his interview with Manila Bulletin. “It has a zero crime rate.”

Luisiana Laguna Pandan Festival by Hitokirihoshi
a booth during Pandan Festival

Apart from Pandan, Luisiana also rich in bamboo, copra at rice plant.  The places to visit here are caves such as Butas Kabag and Simbahang Bato (stone church); and falls like ng Maapon, Limbun-limbon, Lagaslas, and Aliw.