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Asia » Philippines » Laguna » Calamba September 19th 2013

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Asia » Philippines » Laguna » Calamba March 10th 2013

Laguna de Bay. This body of water -- the largest lake in the Philippines -- straddles Metro Manila and the provinces of Laguna and Rizal. From this lake, water flows through the Pasig River which meanders around and across Metro Manila and drains into Manila Bay. It is said that 3,000 years ago, Manila Bay is connected to Laguna Lake but "broke up" as a result of disturbances along a major earthquake fault. The Tallest Statue Honoring A Little Hero He stands only at 4 feet 11 inches but Dr. Jose Rizal stands tall in every Filipino's heart. In honor of our national hero, the tallest statue was erected right in his hometown of Calamba, Laguna. You'd pass it on a roadtrip from Manila passing the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX), just 90 minutes driving south from ... read more
The Municicipio
Papier Mâché Sculptures in Paete, Laguna
200year-old painting

Asia » Philippines » Laguna » Calamba June 9th 2011

Laguna is a province south of Manila. This Sunday, June 19th, marks the 150th birth anniversary of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Calamba, Laguna is his place of birth. Their ancestral house has been rebuilt through the years and it is only the well that remains of the original structure. To celebrate his 150th birthday, the ancestral house--- now aptly called Rizal Shrine --- is all spruced up for this Sunday's celebration. So with the other Rizal Shrines and Monuments scattered all over the country. I dare not join the festivities this Sunday. Instead, I visited his home province on 2 separate occasions. Once to revisit the Shrine or ancestral house itself, for some history lessons. Another time to bask in the peace, tranquility of Mount Makiling in the nearby town of Los Banos, Laguna. ... read more
Interiors of the Ancestral House
The Indigenous Fan
Laguna de Bay Beckons

Asia » Philippines » Laguna » Calamba December 28th 2010

Back in 2008, we toyed with the idea of running an underground restaurant some 60 kilometers south of Manila. Not your neighborhood bistro, but a place to enjoy good home-cooked food after maybe a day in the hot springs of the next town Los Banos, Laguna. Lily Pad is in a gated subdivision in Calamba, Laguna --- home of the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. To get there, one drives south of Manila along the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX to many). The highway ends and leads to the many towns of Laguna. First off from the end of the highway is Calamba, Laguna. Lily Pad is what its owner, Tweetums, called the place. Tina arranged to lease the place and run a weekend restaurant for a single reason. She loves to cook. Oh ok, perhaps there ... read more
The Origami Architecture of Lily Pad
Receiving Area
View From the Garden at the Back




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