La Laguna: The Festival of Life

Beautiful booth designs inside the Provincial Capitol.
Beautiful booth designs inside the Provincial Capitol.
A colorful entrance to greet the visitors.
A colorful entrance to greet the visitors.
Hats that can be bought inside.
Hats that can be bought inside.

There are so many festivals in the Philippines and each has its own root, purpose and a unique way on how to celebrate it. Aside from essential things like rice, I can say that festivals (from simple to grandest) have been a part of Filipino life since the old age. A year won't pass without seeing those colorful "banderitas" (banners) hanging on the streets. As a kid, the town fiesta is one of the happiest event for me because toys are everywhere and I will have my 'special duck shaped suman' (rice cake) from grandmother.

In the province of Laguna (part of Region IV-A: CALABARZON ), every city, town or barrio has their own fiesta but what if all of the 26 towns and 4 cities will be combined together?

Well, "LA LAGUNA" will emerge! One of the grandest festival in the province.

So let's have a glimpse!

The Festival of life is only on its second year of celebration so it's one of the newest. Sta. Cruz (capital of Laguna) is the center of the activities like the Fluvial and Float Parades, different competitions such as Land float, Street Dancing, Cultural Extravaganza, Trade Fair, Gay Mardi Gras, Flora and Fauna Farms, Pyro Musical or fireworks, 3D Street Art Painting, New Wave Film Fest, Dragon Boat Race, Banca Race, Marathon (The Save Laguna Lake Run), Talentadong Laguneño, La Laguna Idol, Brass Band Competition, La Laguna Photo Contest, Ginoo and Binibining Laguna Beauty Pageants, Cook Fests, Modern Dance Showdown, Paralympics and many many more!

If you want to see another great festival in the Philippines, you have to see this one!

Land floats of the different towns

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Liliw featuring their giant slippers...This town is known for their  world class "tsinelas" (slippers), sandals, shoes and other footwear.Nagcarlan- known for their antique church,  centuries-old underground cemetery and some special delicacies.Paete is home to the lanzones fruit, the "ukit" (woodcarving), the "bakya" (Philippine woodenshoes), the gayly painted papier-mache "taka", the yo-yo and other toys... http://www.paete.org/abtpaete/ The Nature and Science City of Los Banos featuring the giant Buko Pie door, Mt. Makiling on the top and the UP oblation.Victoria with their moving giant "itik"-  it is known as the Duck Raising Center of the Philippines... Rizal- notepad for home made candies and food products with the biggest spinning top in the world and famous for Kalatong festival. http://rizallaguna.info/Binan- location for some of the Philippines' largest industrial estates and export processing zones (WikiPilipinas)San Pedro- pilgrimage destination, where "Lolo Uweng" shrine located.Pila- heritage town... and one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines http://www.localphilippines.com/destinations/luzon/pilaBay- one of the oldest towns in Laguna... home of the famous "monay" Bay according to the locals.Cabuyao- Richest Municipality of the Philippines (wikipedia)Calauan- home of the sweetest pineapple...Sta. Rosa- first class city in Laguna and known as "The Lion City of the South"...Where Santa Rosa Arch, Enchanted Kingdom and Nuvali man-made lake are located.Kalayaan- which literally means "freedom" in English. This is where the "Twin Falls" is located.Pakil- home of Turumba Festival and also known as “The Little Milan” of the Philippines (wikipedia).Lumban- where Lake Caliraya is situated. Also known as the "Embroidery Capital of the Philippines"  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumban,_LagunaPagsanjan- where one of the most famous falls in the Philippines is located (a major tourist attraction).Luisiana- the "Little Baguio of Laguna" ...Sta. Cruz- the capital of Laguna
Liliw featuring their giant slippers...This town is known for their  world class "tsinelas" (slippers), sandals, shoes and other footwear.
Liliw featuring their giant slippers...This town is known for their world class "tsinelas" (slippers), sandals, shoes and other footwear.
Nagcarlan- known for their antique church,  centuries-old underground cemetery and some special delicacies.
Nagcarlan- known for their antique church, centuries-old underground cemetery and some special delicacies.
Paete is home to the lanzones fruit, the "ukit" (woodcarving), the "bakya" (Philippine woodenshoes), the gayly painted papier-mache "taka", the yo-yo and other toys... http://www.paete.org/abtpaete/
Paete is home to the lanzones fruit, the "ukit" (woodcarving), the "bakya" (Philippine woodenshoes), the gayly painted papier-mache "taka", the yo-yo and other toys... http://www.paete.org/abtpaete/
The Nature and Science City of Los Banos featuring the giant Buko Pie door, Mt. Makiling on the top and the UP oblation.
The Nature and Science City of Los Banos featuring the giant Buko Pie door, Mt. Makiling on the top and the UP oblation.
Victoria with their moving giant "itik"-  it is known as the Duck Raising Center of the Philippines...
Victoria with their moving giant "itik"- it is known as the Duck Raising Center of the Philippines...
Rizal- notepad for home made candies and food products with the biggest spinning top in the world and famous for Kalatong festival. http://rizallaguna.info/
Rizal- notepad for home made candies and food products with the biggest spinning top in the world and famous for Kalatong festival. http://rizallaguna.info/
Binan- location for some of the Philippines' largest industrial estates and export processing zones (WikiPilipinas)
Binan- location for some of the Philippines' largest industrial estates and export processing zones (WikiPilipinas)
San Pedro- pilgrimage destination, where "Lolo Uweng" shrine located.
San Pedro- pilgrimage destination, where "Lolo Uweng" shrine located.
Pila- heritage town... and one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines http://www.localphilippines.com/destinations/luzon/pila
Pila- heritage town... and one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines http://www.localphilippines.com/destinations/luzon/pila
Bay- one of the oldest towns in Laguna... home of the famous "monay" Bay according to the locals.
Bay- one of the oldest towns in Laguna... home of the famous "monay" Bay according to the locals.
Cabuyao- Richest Municipality of the Philippines (wikipedia)
Cabuyao- Richest Municipality of the Philippines (wikipedia)
Calauan- home of the sweetest pineapple...
Calauan- home of the sweetest pineapple...
Sta. Rosa- first class city in Laguna and known as "The Lion City of the South"...Where Santa Rosa Arch, Enchanted Kingdom and Nuvali man-made lake are located.
Sta. Rosa- first class city in Laguna and known as "The Lion City of the South"...Where Santa Rosa Arch, Enchanted Kingdom and Nuvali man-made lake are located.
Kalayaan- which literally means "freedom" in English. This is where the "Twin Falls" is located.
Kalayaan- which literally means "freedom" in English. This is where the "Twin Falls" is located.
Pakil- home of Turumba Festival and also known as “The Little Milan” of the Philippines (wikipedia).
Pakil- home of Turumba Festival and also known as “The Little Milan” of the Philippines (wikipedia).
Lumban- where Lake Caliraya is situated. Also known as the "Embroidery Capital of the Philippines"  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumban,_Laguna
Lumban- where Lake Caliraya is situated. Also known as the "Embroidery Capital of the Philippines" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumban,_Laguna
Pagsanjan- where one of the most famous falls in the Philippines is located (a major tourist attraction).
Pagsanjan- where one of the most famous falls in the Philippines is located (a major tourist attraction).
Luisiana- the "Little Baguio of Laguna" ...
Luisiana- the "Little Baguio of Laguna" ...
Sta. Cruz- the capital of Laguna
Sta. Cruz- the capital of Laguna

Cultural Show

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Street Dancers preparing for the competition

Masks

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Other things to be seen

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3D Street Art Painting entryMade from different seeds (Nagcarlan Land Float)Flowers, cacti, and many more are also for sale..Baro't Saya, a product of Lumban
3D Street Art Painting entry
3D Street Art Painting entry
Made from different seeds (Nagcarlan Land Float)
Made from different seeds (Nagcarlan Land Float)
Flowers, cacti, and many more are also for sale..
Flowers, cacti, and many more are also for sale..
Baro't Saya, a product of Lumban
Baro't Saya, a product of Lumban

Food is everywhere

Cooking "bibingka" or rice cake from glutinous rice. Yum!
Cooking "bibingka" or rice cake from glutinous rice. Yum!

There are many other things you can see here so it's good to pay a visit. Don't forget to bring your family and friends. Camera is also a must to do those "selfies" and have some good shots of the event.

The festival is from April 20- 29, 2012. If you can't make it, there's still next year!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I love this festival and I hope I can see it in person. Food, dancing, music, cultural show...wow. All in a complete packages. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and awesome!

Prasetio


Mei :-) 4 years ago

The photos are not only very nice but it also shows the unity, cooperation and hard work of the people which makes the word festival a real "FESTIVAL"..thanks for the nice article, it makes me smile :-D . il be there next year!hopefully.


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pinkhawk 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Author

@prasetio30, hope you can also visit this festival one day. ^_^! Thank you for your kind words.

@Mei, you are right, I could imagine how much effort and time they spent to make this festival possible. I salute all the people behind this event. Thank you for sharing you thoughts. ^_^ See you there!

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