The Province of Laguna recently opened the yearly Anilag “Ani ng Laguna” Festival showcasing the province’s rich culture and unique products held at Sta. Cruz, Laguna last March 2.
Headed by Governor Ramil Hernandez, Anilag Festival is considered as the Mother of All Festivals in the province, which aims to incorporate in all its programs and activities the culture, tradition, and rich assets of each municipality in the province.
Mountains and Lakes
Every wanderer will enjoy each of Laguna’s offering. To start off, one can revel on the beauty of Mt. Makiling and Mt Banahaw which are both tropical forest reserves, enchanted with legends and folklore. For some who are seeking for invigorating and therapeutic cold and hot springs, Laguna’s Pansol, Nagcarlan, Liliw, Majayjay, Calamba City, and Los Banos have an array of resorts to choose from.
While Laguna isn’t a place for beach goers, it is a haven for lovers of lakes. Several lakes can be found in the province, with Laguna Lake being the largest. In fact, it is the 3rd largest living lake in Asia. San Pablo City meanwhile boasts of its seven (7) lakes namely Sampaloc Lake, Calibato Lake, twin lakes Yambo and Pandin Lake, Bunot Lake, Mojicap Lake, and Palakpakin Lake.
The man-made Lake of Caliraya can be seen in Lumban, Cavinti, and Kalayaan while Cavinti also has Lumot Lake.
For adventure-seekers, Pagsanjan Falls has long been a go-getter’s choice with activities such as “shooting the rapids,” or a thrilling boating experience. Panguil River Eco-Park also offers trekking which leads to Ambon-Ambon Falls.
Heritage and Culture
According to Laguna Tourism, Culture, Art and Trade Office (LTCATO) Provincial Head Dr. Rosauro Sta. Maria, Laguna’s heritage and tradition should be preserved as it defines the province’s rich culture.
Aside from finding the home of our National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Calamba, there are also museums, art galleries, and century-old churches situated in different municipalities in the province.
Arts is one of the thriving industry in Laguna. It boasts of skilled craftmens of Liliw, Lumban, and Paete. Liliw is known for its slippers and shoes, Lumban for its highly-acclaimed barong, and woodcarvings and paper-mache in Paete.
A trade show presenting municipalities and their best products was held at Capitol Grounds.
Food and Entertainment
Never miss the delectable dishes and delicacies Laguna is known for—the famous buko pie, tasty puto, espasol, uraro, salted eggs, kinulob na itik, kesong puti, bulalo, and many more.
For family bonding time, a trip to Costales Nature Farms in Majayjay not only offers fun and memorable times with the family but it also brings in rest and relaxation, learning, and options for health food products it offers.
For entertainment, Laguna is home to the country’s first theme park, the Enchanted Kingdom which is located in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
The Anilag Festival homes to bring in more and more local and international tourists during the weeklong celebration as it continue to boasts the uniqueness and various offering of the province.