There are a total of 81 provinces in the Philippines. Thirty kilometres south of Manila begins the diversified and dynamic province of Laguna. The best known place historically is the birth place of the national hero Jose Rizal in the town of Calamba. The younger generation though are more tuned in to the 23 world-class rides and attractions just 40 kilometres south of Manila, which has already claimed over 10 million visitors at Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa.
The centre of worldwide rice research in Los Banos is funded by companies and countries worldwide, recognising the fact that half the word population lives on rice. Every type of rice
from all over the world is stored here in a rice vault, and they have a brilliant Rice Museum open to all, that both fascinates and educates all visitors about the place and importance of rice on our planet.
Laguna de Bay is the water shoreline for most of the northern side of the province, and water attractions also include the 7 lakes around San Pablo, Lake Caliraya, boat rides to the waterfalls at Pagsanjan, the Bunga Falls near Nagcarlan and other falls and rivers.
The natural beauty of the province blossoms particularly on its eastern side, and mountain scenery is a main feature, with 8 mountain tops visible from the town of Nagcarlan alone.
The carving capital of the province is on the eastern side of Laguna de Bay in Paete, famous for intricate wood carvings, paper mache and wooden shoes known as “bakya”. Luisiana in the south east of the province is famous for its handicrafts made from the leaves of the pandan trees.
Add a mix of museums found here and there, the unique Underground Cemetery at Nagcarlan, and the botanical gardens on the slopes of the active volcano Makiling – the mountain that feeds the hot spring bathing pools well known around Los Banos – and you have a province rich in wonders to suit everyone.
Laguna is endowed with the beauty of nature with an abundance of flora and fauna. This province is recognized as an important cluster of destinations for eco-tourism, leisure activities, and educational visits and teems with special interest sites.
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