For 21 years, we have failed to unearth the obvious. Albeit peculiar it is to loaf around with them, traversing the municipalities of Laguna exposes history and customs. Shooting the rapids was actually my 2012 year-ender and the best part in family trips is our freedom from financial responsibilities. =) My words might be vague, but what I really mean is that I am missing home.
Here are some of the excerpts lifted from various sites.
Cavinti: Do you know that the world-famous Pagsanjan Falls is actually not in Pagsanjan? This famous tourist destination is located in Brgy. Anglas, Cavinti, Laguna. A big “WELCOME TO CAVINTI” sign erected on top of a big rock on the river on the way to the falls will let the tourists know that they are no longer in Pagsanjan. http//www.waypoints.ph/detail_gen.php?wpt=pgsnjf
Magdalena: It was formerly a barrio of Majayjay, Laguna. A petition from the residents of the barrio for the creation of a new town was presented on September 15, 1819. It was then proclaimed a new town by Governor General Don Mariano Fernández de Folgueras on January 18, 1820, and was originally named “Magdalena de Ambling”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena,_Laguna
Liliw: According to a story, Liliw got its name from a bird. It was said that Gat Tayaw and his followers decided to erect a bamboo pole and to name the town after the bird that would first alight at the top of the pole. Within four days, a crow was the first to alight on the pole. A crow was considered bad and so Gat Tayaw and his men moved south and erected another bamboo pole. A beautiful bird alighted on the pole and sang, “Liw, Liw, Liw”. Thus the town became Liliw. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liliw,_Laguna
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery: Considered a national historical landmark because its underground crypt was used as a secret meeting place in 1896 by Filipino revolutionaries (Katipuneros), members of the KKK. During the Filipino-American War, Filipino patriots also used the underground cemetery to formulate their battle plans and to seek shelter. There are no famous hero buried here but perhaps, it is enough that we pay our respects to this place where our nameless heroes and patriots sought sanctuary. ttp://www.lagunatravelguide.com/index.php?page=nagcarlan-underground-cemetery