A brand new year has just commenced and predictably, some of you may have travel itineraries for the year ahead. For those of you deciding to explore local wonders, you will be pleased to know that our country hosts an abundance of vacation spots and places to visit. The Philippines plays host to many wonderful tourist destinations which local and foreign visitors flock to regularly and if you are a local who has not yet searched every nook and cranny the Philippines has to offer then maybe this is the year you should start listing them on your travel list.
One of the most frequented local destination is Laguna, Philippines. The place is a cornucopia of tourist spots and is basically a food connoisseur’s favorite spot to gorge on local food. Just ask anyone residing near the country’s capital and you would soon find out why a lot of locals and foreigners would be found clustered in this area. Undoubtedly, Laguna Philippines is teeming with tourist attractions for adventurers and nature lovers alike.
However, for those of you who have never set foot in Laguna, you might be at a loss as to how to plot your Laguna vacation. Well, whether it may be a day trip or a weekend getaway in the Philippines, one thing is for sure, you are guaranteed to enjoy Laguna. So if you have plotted Laguna as your next area of destination, never fail to visit these various tourist spots that are definitive of the place.
Any self-respecting Filipino citizen should know that their national hero’s hometown and birthplace is in Calamba, Laguna which is why a quick visit to pay homage to Jose Rizal’s shrine should be in order. The Jose Rizal Shrine is one of the tourist sites in Laguna teeming with people, and it is worthy to note that for a place that holds so much history, it has been preserved well. Visit this place when in Laguna and see for yourself the house which molded and shaped the boy that would soon become the country’s national hero.
For the water babies, Splash Island is the best place for you. Located in Biñan, Laguna, Splash Island remains unchallenged when it comes to being the largest water park in the Philippines. Equipped with countless water slides, various rides for both the kids and the kids at heart, Splash Island is the perfect place to visit for an occasion with friends or with family. Visit Splash Island and everyone will be guaranteed fun and amusement and be prepared in exploring diverse slides of different sizes and angles.
For nature lovers, adventurers and hiking enthusiasts alike Mount Makiling is the place to be. Named after a mystical dweller and protector, Maria Makiling, this mountain in Laguna is a legendary inactive volcano. For those of you seeking a day adventure of would just like to bask yourself in the midst of nature, this mountain is ideal for camping, trekking, bird watching and mountain biking.
NAGCARLAN UNDERGROUND CEMETERY
One of Laguna’s interesting and unique tourist spots is Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. A definitive feature of the tourist spot is the burial site located inside or more accurately put, beneath a church. It is unique as it is the only one of its kind in the Philippines and is considered a historical landmark as its underground crypt was used as meeting place in the year 1986 by the Katipuneros or by the Filipino revolutionaries.
Undoubtedly, Pagsanjan Falls is Laguna’s pride when it comes to famous natural attractions. For those of you visiting Laguna for the first time, this is one place you should never miss. Rent a small boat that would take you to the falls or “shoot the rapids”. From there, skilled and accredited boatmen will assist you and take you in an idyllic and scenic boat ride in Magdapio River before reaching the main falls.
NATIONAL ARTS CENTER
For aspiring artists, the National Arts Center should be one of your initial stops when in Laguna. Situated in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna, the NAC is a hub for aspiring young artists. Incidentally, a boarding school for artistically gifted Filipino secondary school students can be found here. For those seeking tourist attractions, the NAC serves as a great vantage point in perusing Laguna de Bay, Crocodile Lake, Talim Island and the surrounding towns of Laguna.