“Laguna nang ikaw ay marating ko.. para bang ako’y nagbago-kakaibang damdamin, kung iisipin mo…”
Sounds Familiar, right? That line is taken from the song, “Laguna” sung by Sampaguita during the 70s or 80s, written maybe for the love of the place itself-I guess! Laguna is located in the Calabarzon region and famous for their Hot Spring Resorts, Lake, Bay, Mountains, Falls,Forest, UP Campus, amusement parks, Underground Cemetery, various feast and festivities, fruits, buko pies, yema cakes and other delicacies, Churches and not to forget that it is the hometown of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Laguna has been one of the favorite summer destination of every Pinoys. I even remember my childhood days going here for school excursions and field trips. I will always remember that we were already in Laguna when we passed by the Coca Cola beside the toll exit (I even remembered the times that I imagined sipping that large bottle of Coke displayed outside the factory)as well as the Calamba arc and giant claypot landmark. These will always be my reminder that I’m already far from Manila. You can check out JAM LINER or JAC LINER for their fare guide and bus schedules to different destination in Laguna.
Anyway, today, I will share with y’all my Calamba expedition and experience last 2011.
It was in April of 2011 when our company held a 3 days seminar / team building at EGL Resort – a private property located at an exclusive village along the road of Calamba which is for rent and ideal if your family or friends wanted a private place to relax and rest. It has 4 rooms on the second floor that can accommodate up to six persons per room, a poolside, a Jacuzzi, a small basketball court, an activity area, a dining area, a spacious kitchen and a garage. It has been our home for 3 days and the owners had accommodated us very well.
-1st day in CALAMBA Laguna-
-2ndday in CALAMBA Laguna-
It was Sunday so few of us attended the Mass at St. John the Baptist Parish – also known as Calamba Church. It is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Calamba and located adjacent to Rizal Shrine which is known as the christening site of Dr. Jose Rizal.
After the mass, we also decided to visit the Bahay ni Rizal or Rizal Shrine nearby.
It is a reproduction of the original two-story, Spanish-Colonial style house in Calamba where our national hero was born. Everyone could pay a visit in the shrine because there are no entrance fees. Yes! It’s FREE and open to the public from Tuesdays- Sundays from 8 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 5 pm. I would like to share some of the pictures I took in the Shrine…
It wasn’t my first time to visit the shrine but it was almost a decade since I went here and I could say that this experience made me a bit nostalgic. Luckily, someone could take me pictures as my souvenir for our mini field trip.
“Chubby is the New Sexy…LOL!”
“Close na Close po kami ni Pepe at ni Bantay…”
I’m just happy that I was able to attend the Sunday mass and had an extra tour to one of the famous tourist spots of Calamba. It’s always a privilege to visit the place after many years and I’m thankful that my Boss(es) and Colleagues agreed to do so.
-3rd day in CALAMBA Laguna-
Our last day was spent in doing some team-building activities, group sharing and enjoying the rest of the time taking pictures and splurging in the pool. We got to experience the Jacuzzi on the last day, too. (I couldn’t remember that it worked on our 1st and 2nd day) here’s our picture for a proof.. hahahaha! 🙂
We checked out at EGL at 12noon and you could see and feel the heat of the Sun within our faces as we pose for our mandatory group picture beside the pool (LOL!)
I hope you had a great time reading my blog. Till next time Again! Mwaah! :*