Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Laguna round-about that ended in Pahiyas 2009

Last Friday, friends and I on a seminar/workshop in Lipa City had a free day. Seven of us took off for Laguna through secondary roads that would pass through Alaminos and San Pablo. A less than 50 km ride brought us to the Nagcarlan underground cemetery, built by Franciscan missionaries in 1845 and now a National Historical Institute heritage site since 1973, after restoration work was done. The cemetery is composed of two areas: a wall of niches that spanned both sides of a chapel, and the chapel with the underground cemetery. The niches above ground were for the common folk, while the niches below the chapel were for the generally wealthy ones of the area.

Next stop was the Nagcarlan Roman Catholic Church dedicated to St. Bartholomew (the Aglipayan Church is also dedicated to the same saint). The first structures of the church complex date back to 1752.

After lunch, we went for a dip at the pool at Bunga Falls, a few kilometers from Nagcarlan town hall. Bunga Falls is a twin falls attraction. Entrance fee is only P5. The falls is about 10 meters high, and the pool probably of the same depth.

After about an hour, we took off to the towns of Liliw, famous for its footwear, and Majayjay. As we were very close to Lucban, Quezon, which was celebrating its Pahiyas Festival, we decided to continue on. Never mind if we had only about an hour to go around town, if we wanted to be back in Lipa City by 7pm. I think it was well worth the side trip. This was the third time I witnessed Pahiyas. I thought there were less visitors this year.

Saw that tallest man from Pakistan.

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