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Laguna is known as the Resort Province of the Philippines. It abounds with hot springs, lakes and waterfalls, making tourism a major industry. It’s also famous for its culture, folklore and history. The name of the province is derived from its famous lake. Laguna de Bay is the country’s largest lake and a source of different species of fish. Covering 922 square kilometers, the heart-shaped lake is dotted with several communities, all of which have their own attractions.

At Sta. Rosa is the world-class Enchanted Kingdom theme park. At Biñan is Splash Island, the country’s largest water park. Tourists can go golfing at Canlubang Golf Club. Calamba has the restored house of national hero Jose Rizal and is at the base of Mount Makiling, a dormant volcano of forests and mud springs. Calamba and adjacent Los Baños have numerous resorts fed by hot springs. The latter is also home to the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus, the National Arts Center and the International Rice Research Institute. In Alaminos is Hidden Valley, a resort set within waterfalls and forests.

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San Pablo City is famous for its Seven Lakes and Villa Escudero, one of the country’s most unique resorts, with its Filipiniana museum and manmade falls. On the eastern side is Pila with its ancestral houses and museum of excavated porcelain. The capital of Sta. Cruz is noted for native cottage cheese. Pagsanjan is world-famous for its falls, which can be reached through a spectacular gorge, while Cavinti is the home of serene Lake Caliraya. At the foot of Mount Banahaw is Nagcarlan, site of the countries only under— ground Cemetery dating from 1845, while Liliw is famous for its shoe and sandal industry. Mountainous Majayjay has one of the biggest old churches in the country and waterfall of Botocan and Imelda. The quiet, damp country mown of Luisiana is known for its pandan bag Industry.

Paete Is well known for its export-quality woodcraft and papier-mache products, along with an ultra-Baroque church. At Kalayaan Is Exotik Restaurant, which serves unique cuisine in a hillside setting. Pakil’s centuries-old church enshrines the image of Our Lady of Turumba, whose colorful fiesta occurs every May; it’s also known for wood filigree making. Lumban is famous for its pina and jusi embroidery, while 124 steps can reach Mabitac’s unusual hilltop church. Famy is a mecca for young travelers with its hidden waterfalls. Set within verdant forests and mountain slopes, it is probably one of the last eco-paradises that’s just an hour or two away from Metro Manila.

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