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Throwback Thursdays: Lake Pandin, San Pablo City in 2011

Lake Pandin, San Pablo City, Laguna
Lake Pandin, San Pablo City, Laguna

Even the simplest vacations can turn out to be the most memorable ones if they’re spent with the right people.

In the summer of 2011, we visited two of the seven lakes of San Pablo City. Lake Pandin is said to be the cleanest of all, and Lake Yambo is its twin almost right beside it. Tourism here began through efforts by locals themselves. It’s pretty amazing what even average citizens can do for the love of their hometown.

We took a bus to San Pablo and stayed at a nearby resort where we spent the night swimming. The next morning, we headed out to Lake Pandin, which I hear is one of the farthest of the seven.

It took a short trek to get there. Or maybe it was a little long; it was just that we were swapping jokes along the way and taking silly pictures of ourselves beside trees and ponies.

The path going to the lake
The path going to the lake

Aaaand ER showing us the way in the most coloful way possible. #epalwatch
Aaaand ER showing us the way in the most coloful way possible. #epalwatch

Still, we couldn’t suppress a long, loud “Woooow!” when we saw a glimpse of the lake.

You hire a raft for a couple of hours (or more) of touring Lake Pandin. You’re required to wear a life vest, while the wives of fishermen paddle the raft for you. Of course, we couldn’t help but do the jobs ourselves, at least for a short while.

Our raft
Our raft

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The tour around the lake brought us to a grotto where there is a small statue of the Virgin Mary, and a stop to a short climb to view Lake Yambo.

Lake Yambo
Lake Yambo

We swam and took some jumpshots.

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The gang, back on the shore
The gang, back on the shore

After lunch back in town, we went on a side trip to Liliw, the footwear capital of Laguna. We looked for a nice pair of sandals (and failed to buy one) and visited the old church.

Liliw. This gigantic slipper says it all.
Liliw. This gigantic slipper says it all.
The Church in Liliw.
The Church in Liliw.

So here you go — if you want an overnight nature trip near Manila, go to San Pablo. And bring some awesome friends along.

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One thought on “Throwback Thursdays: Lake Pandin, San Pablo City in 2011

  1. I have come to Lake PAndin last SAturday, MArch 1, 2014, and for my experience, it was pleasant. The food, the serenity of the place and the warmth of the people operating there in Lake Pandin. The down-side is, THERE IS NO DECENT TOILET NOR BATHING ROOM to use for local tourist like me, the only “changing room” they can offer are the ones that are DILAPIDATED and there is no roof and the walls are riddled with holes..Im so embarrassed with the fact, that I invited my lady friends to go there and join with me only to find out later that there is no decent and secluded room/place to change/bathe or to defecate…after reading this, you are now being warned!

    i hope the locals/operator there would do something about it..its nearly a perfect get away but its not.

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