Field Trip Boy is here, your tour guide to the best places in the Philippines! Lets burn the road and have some fun!
And what better way to kick start our field trip than to go and explore my home town of Liliw, Laguna. Liliw is situated at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, a little town that still retains its old world charm. Liliw became famous in the 70’s because of “Liliw Resort”, a mountain resort with a river running through that you could swim in, play and escape the hot temperatures of summer.
Liliw lies at the foot of Mt Banahaw
Now, Liliw is more popular than ever to both local and foreign tourists because of a number of attractions like the brick church of St. John the Baptist, the best tasting Lanzones, great food, and of course, for the ladies, trendy slippers and sandals.
Liliw’s shoe making industry
Liliw Tsinelas Lane at Gat Tayaw Street
I’ve seen the Church of St. John the Baptist evolve through the years, from having a vegetable garden in one of its patios, to a church with colorful glass mosaic for its altar and window panes. For what ever changes the parish priest could think of, as long as the brick walls of the church still stands, the people of Liliw will always be driven by faith to continue and preserve their beautiful church.
St. John the Baptist Church in Liliw, Laguna
Liliw is also home of the sweetest lanzones. No offense but thru my travels, I’ve tasted a lot of varieties of lanzones from different locations such as Davao , Camiguin and those that came from Mambajao, and still Liliw’s lanzones is the best for me, thanks to the town’s cool climate and location. Try visiting Liliw during the rainy months of July to October and sample not only this luscious fruit but also the exotic rambutan and the occasional durian.
Liliwenos also serve great food, specially old school pasalubong like uraro biscuits, ube and camote candy, shing-aling and my baby’s favorite, espasol. Street hawkers also sell Lucban longanisa and fern for your salads and omelets, yup eggs with fern sprouts. You could also go dining Italian style at Café Arabella, or a fusion of pinoy and western food at Chef Mau.
And of course, we could not leave behind Liliw’s most famous products, slippers and sandals. Every week end, tourists from Metro Manila and nearby provinces, flock to Gat Tayaw street, walk its tsinelas lane, and shop and look for great deals from stores selling beautiful, and affordable footwear from house slippers to sandals to espadrilles! These footwear are trendy and of high quality, they could pass for those whose are sold in malls, but in half the price, or even less… just ask my baby and she will attest to the durability of these hand-made slippers. The Tsinelas Festival of Liliw, Laguna is held usually in the month of April.
Some of Liliw’s slippers and sandals products
Just visit this site always, as I have still have a lot to tell you about my Fieldtrips here in Liliw, Laguna. Adios Amigos, till next time.
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