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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lumot Lake in Cavinti Laguna

Lumot Lake a.k.a Sierra Lake is a man-made reservoir just like it's bigger brother, Lake Carilaya.

lumot lake
It was created to complement Lumot Dam which is an enbankment dam sourcing it's water from Lumot River.

lumot lake
This is smaller and less developed so all activities here are free.  You can see both foreign and local fish here.  Sometimes, water sports competitions are also held here.
lumot lake
Chino of Juanful Pinoy
It's really a beautiful scene.  My friends and I had tons of fun taking our scenic photos here.

We Travel Tripsters recommend a free visit at Lumot Lake for some photos, fishing or sunrise and sunset viewing.

Lumot Lake
Address Cavinti, Laguna, Philippines
Budget Per Person FREE Lumot Lake Map
Payment Options N/A

Operating Hours 24/7
Reservation Required No
Contact N/A

Friday, December 11, 2015

Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort: Golf, Swim, Zipline, Kayaking, Boating and More in Cavinti Laguna

Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort formerly known as Caliraya Springs is located in Brgy. East Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna.

caliraya mountain lake resort
You won't see much from the outside...

caliraya mountain lake resort
but you'll be amazed at how big the area it covers upon entry.

caliraya mountain lake resort
You can see that there are Twin Bicycles (Php 500) and Mountain Bikes (Php 200) for rent on its drive way.  We went pass it because we were excited to try the other activities.

caliraya mountain lake resort
We noticed that the resort is very Korean-friendly.  They even have their own registration area.

caliraya mountain lake resort
There are Korean banners everywhere and the restaurants serve Korean dishes.

caliraya mountain lake resort
After our breakfast, we decided to go and try golf.

Golf
caliraya mountain lake resort
As a novice, I really can't tell the difference of one hole from another.
caliraya mountain lake resort
But, that didn't seem to matter since the first step is to learn how to swing.  My friend Resley did a pretty good job.  I had many attempts before I managed to swing a good one.

Golf Rates
Green Fees                     
No. of Holes     Weekdays     Weekends
9 Holes             Php 850.00     Php 1,130.00
18 Holes           Php 1,700.00     Php 2,036.00

Other Charges
Golf Cart     
9 holes - Php 450.00
18 holes - Php 780.00
Caddie Fee   
9 holes - Php 250.00
18 holes - Php 300.00
Umbrella Girl     Php 200.00
Gallery     Php 300.00
Driving Range Fee     Php 200.00
Driving Range Ball     Php 50.00 per box of 40 balls

Lakeview Swimming Pool
caliraya mountain lake resort
We had our lunch at La Cucina De Caliraya which is their dining place right beside the pool.  We watched the kids swim while we ate.

caliraya mountain lake resort
It's a scenic view to see both the pool and the Caliraya Lake.


Bonfire
caliraya mountain lake resort
There's a bonfire area near a mini forest and the lake.  It was really windy and cool during our visit although it was still noon.  So, the bonfire at night would really be a nice warming activity for any group.  Bonfire rate is Php 700.  I'm told you can also set up a tent here for functions and sleepovers for a fee. 

Pasyal Boat
caliraya mountain lake resort
My friend Clarissa and I headed over to the boat house to wear our life vest and wait for the boat.

caliraya mountain lake resort
The Pasyal Boat (Small) is for 2,500 php.

caliraya mountain lake resort
Of course, we didn't want just an ordinary pasyal along the Caliraya Lake.  So my friends Martin and Althea, showcased their flexibility.

caliraya mountain lake resort

And,our boatman is their number 1 fan...

Marina
caliraya mountain lake resort
40 meter Slide & Drop
The Marina is a fun-filled area.  It has several courses such as Slide & Drop, Cobweb, Wall Climb Slide, Tire Challenge, Cable Balance, Karate Kid, Military Crawl, Tarzan Swing, Log Crossing and Palo Sebo.  I think all of them are cool especially the Military Crawl because you have to swim underwater.

Zipline and Hanging Bridge
caliraya mountain lake resort
The Zipline and Hanging Bridge (Php 150) are packaged together because you have to go back by the bridge. 

Paddle Boat
caliraya mountain lake resort
On a fair day, who can resist going on a Paddle Boat?  The Paddle Boat is available for Php 300/hr.

Kayak
caliraya mountain lake resort
If you prefer Kayaking, it is also available for Php 300/hr.

Animal Caring
caliraya mountain lake resort
A whole new experience for my Clarrisa and I is the Duck Feeding.  The very friendly staff taught us how to call them.  It was really fun, funny and yet, very effective.  As you can see, the ducks came swimming towards us!

caliraya mountain lake resort
We got 6 bowls of duck feed priced at Php 500.  To our amazement, the ducks peck gentle so it tickles.

Amihan Villa
caliraya mountain lake resort
You can stay at the Amihan Villa that's close to the lake for a great outdoor experience.

caliraya mountain lake resort

Amihan Villa Rates
Php 3,250 (6-8pax) Standard Villa / Night
Php 3,850 (8-10pax) Superior Villa / Night
Php 4,200 (2-4pax) Family Villa / Night


Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort
Hotel Address Brgy. East Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna, Philippines
Contact (632) 723-0781 |
(0998) 555-8394
Reservation Required Yes
Payment Options   Cash Public Transport Jeep
General Amenities •Pool
Jacuzzi
Game Room
Karaoke
Parking Yes
Travel Tripsters Hotel Review Rating Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort Map
Location
14.293267,121.55328
Room Comfort
Cleanliness
Service
Price

Transfiguration of our Lord Parish Church (Cavinti Laguna)

Transfiguration of our Lord Parish Church is the only Roman Catholic Church in Cavinti, Laguna.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
Like the other churches in the Philippines, it has a colonial baroque architectural design.  

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
It has a bell tower attached to the church building.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
And, right next to it is the convent and a small garden giving it a refreshing look.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
Although currently in it's forminable adobe structure, it wasn't originally so.  It was originally made of lighter materials and was just rebuilt on 1621.  It was partially destroyed during the Chinese uprising on 1639.  It was rebuilt but once again crumbled down during the Earthquakes of 1824.  It also suffered major cracked during the earthquakes of 1880 and 1937.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
The interiors are simple and plain with white walls.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
It's very clean-looking and solemn too.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
This is the altar.

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transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
The patron saint is El Salvador del Mundo (Divine Savior of the World).  As seconday patrons, there's Our Lady of Snows (Nuestra Señora de las Nieves) and St. Joseph, husband of Mary.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
Old books and photographs are show case on the halls by its side.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
The building is actually bigger than it looks.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna


transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
This is the staircase that leads to the bell tower.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
And, this is the staircase towards he balcony.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
The balcony is connected to the convent.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
Some of the bells on the bell tower works.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna
But, some are preserved for showcase purposes.

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna

transfiguration of our lord parish church cavinti laguna

We Travel Tripsters suggest this as a must stop during your visit to Cavinti Laguna.

Transfiguration of our Lord Parish Church
Address Cavinti, Laguna, Philippines
Budget Per Person FREE (Donations Encouraged) Transfiguration of our Lord Parish Church Map
Payment Options N/A
14.245128°N 121.507419°E
Operating Hours 24/7
Reservation Required No
Contact

Monday, December 7, 2015

Sitio Pungayan Km. 9. Mt. Kabuyao Tuba Benguet: Sitio La Presa In Memory of Forever More

Last May 17, 2015, I got to visit the little town called Sitio Pungayan Km. 9. Mt. Kabuyao Tuba Benguet.  Because it was used in the drama series Forever More, the town quickly changed its name to Sitio La Presa.

sitio la presa
Look at all those farm terraces.

sitio la presa
The air is so fresh and clean.

sitio la presa
They have a lot of kale.

sitio la presa
You can forget the city life when you stay there.

sitio la presaHowever, due to all the publicity, it has become an instant tourist spot.

sitio pungayan
Vans are parked along its roads.

sitio pungayan
Crowds have traveled long and far just to watch the shooting.

sitio la presa
Along its steep road where motor vehicles could no longer pass are various stalls.

sitio la presa
There are tons of photo booths...

sitio la presa
store selling various merchandise such as plants and...

sitio la presa
T-shirts.

banana cue
My companions even bought some banana cue.

sitio la presa forever more
Look at all the people...

sitio la presa forever more
And, this is how far they are allowed to watch. 

This only shows how much people love TV series.  At present, the town is already closed to the public.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Camarin Guesthouse Resort & Eco-Park: Short Stop to Chase the Sunset (Cavinti Laguna)

Camarin Guesthouse Resort & Eco-Park is located along the shore of Caliraya Lake, 7 kilometers from the town of Lumban, Laguna.  It is one of the National Power Corporations (NPC)'s facilities. 

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
The total land area is about 7 hectare.  

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
A land mass intrusion to the lake in octopus shape with gradual slope.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
There's a long bridge where you can view the sky and lake horizon.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
On a clear day, the view is just okay.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
But, it transforms into a more romantic setting with the orange hues of the sunset.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
Aside from the bridge, the tall watch tower offers another wholesome view.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
This dock is so scenic like that of Dawson's Creek or the local Tabing Ilog tv show.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
You can also play around in the huts.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
There's a wash area...

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
and dining area so you can hang out here.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
There are indoor and outdoor activities.  It includes a swimming pool and wall-climbing.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
The Pavilion, Executive Cottage, Twin-Cabanas, Conference & Seminars Halls are for rent.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
At the back of the cottages is a view of the lake.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
We enjoyed our merienda at the Conference Hall.  We met the manager which is the wife of a town's councilor.

camarin guesthouse resort and eco park
Our stay was short but sweet.
Camarin Guesthouse Resort & Eco-Park
Address Cavinti Laguna
Budget Per Person 600-2,000 Camarin Guesthouse Resort & 
Eco-Park Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours 24/7
Reservation Required Yes
Contact  (632) 922-8434 
  | (632) 924-5340