Category: Laguna

Balai Ilocos Restaurant: A Taste of Ilocano Cuisine in Pagsanjan, Laguna

Posted on July 16, 2015

While driving into the town center of Pagsanjan for our whitewater canoe trip to Pagsanjan Falls, we noticed a newly opened restaurant housed in an old abode along the highway. Balai Ilocos is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant that first opened in BF Homes, Parañaque City and now has opened a branch in Pagsanjan. Furnished with antiques and memorabilia, the interior of the restaurant was airy and nostalgic, echoing the bygone colonial era – just like their original branch. The house was well-preserved,Read More

Pagsanjan, Laguna: Whitewater Canoeing to Pagsanjan Falls (Magdapio Falls)

Posted on July 15, 2015

After overnighting at Nagcarlan to explore the catacombs of the underground cemetery, my friend and I drove to Pagsanjan, via Liliw and Magdalena, for the town’s “shooting the rapids” whitewater canoe trips to Pagsanjan Falls, a popular day trip out of Metro Manila. I’ve long wanted to visit this famous waterfall. Together with Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City, Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines. While the popular jumping off point is Pagsanjan town,Read More

Nagcarlan, Laguna: Inside the Catacombs of the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Posted on July 14, 2015

My friend Ryan was in between jobs, so we went on a spontaneous road trip to celebrate his  temporary freedom from work life. Following the classic route looping around Laguna de Bay, we dropped by famous spots in the provinces of Laguna and Rizal along the way. One attraction that I’ve long wanted to revisit is the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, located in the eponymous town of Laguna province. I first visited this beautiful Spanish-period cemetery in 2002 during a college fieldRead More