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Liliw is blissfully situated on the foot of Mt.Banahaw.  It’s peppered with bountiful farms that are actually was farm tourism websites. The title of the city is believed to be derived from the sound of a chook.  Historical past has it that their forefather Gat Tayaw, the village head needed to have a reputation for his or her hamlet. So, he and his followers erected a bamboo pole and agreed that the primary chook that stands on the pole would be the neighborhood’s title. Ultimately, a chook buzzing “liw,liw,liw” rested on the bamboo pole. Therefore, they named their settlement “Liliw”.

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If you’re planning a visit there quickly, right here’s my handpicked record of the very best vacationer spots in Liliw. Due to its proximity to South of Manila, it’s a super weekend getaway vacation spot. You are able to do a day tour in Liliw, or keep in a single day in one of many farms or in an outdated ancestral home was resort within the city heart.




Liliw Footwear

Point out “Liliw” and pictures of Liliw famed abaca slippers, sneakers, and sandals instantly come to thoughts. The cobbled avenue of Gat Tayaw on the coronary heart of the city is peppered with footwear outlets that by no means stopped increasing. You can too discover smaller outlets alongside the opposite streets close to the city heart. Since we stroll rather a lot, it is very important have a cushty pair of footwear, be it sneakers, sandals, and even tsinelas (slippers). Good high quality footwear helps your ft and your physique weight, and in Liliw, yow will discover simply that. Right here, you should purchase all types of handcrafted Liliw footwear, from easy, comfortable sneakers to fancy and fashionable sandals. The sandals value begins at round ₱150 ($3), whereas sneakers would usually price round ₱250 ($4) up. There are additionally posh, costly, high quality handmade sneakers which are often exported, resembling Ai-she Footwear that boasts of uniquely Filipino handcrafted footwear. And whereas there are Liliw sneakers now on sale at massive malls in Metro Manila, I nonetheless favor to purchase in Liliw as a result of there’s extra assortment and you’ll haggle.



Liliw Tsinelas making

Liliw tsinelas making

You may prepare a go to to a Liliw shoe manufacturing unit, in the event you contact them upfront.  And I used to be fortunate sufficient to go to Ai-she’s Shoe Manufacturing unit and see how they make their well-known Liliw sneakers and sandals. Ai-she sneakers are sometimes exported, they’re dearer than the standard Liliw footwear.  That’s due to their uncompromising consolation, model and high quality.  They sustain with the newest development by creating new designs for his or her shoppers. However their poster woman is the timeless espadrilles, a shoe that  traces its origin from Spain. However at Ai-she, they recreated the design by changing the only real sometimes produced from esparto rope with abaca rope, which is derived from abaca plant, generally identified within the West as Manila hemp plant.  Abaca (Musa textilis) is a specie of banana plant that’s endemic to the Philippines. It’s truly ample in Sorsogon, my hometown.


liliw shoe making

Liliw shoe making

I discover it spectacular that Liliw was capable of make use of this plant, which is often used for bag making in our province.  Ai-she additionally changed the standard cotton material used for espadrilles with high-quality handwoven textiles derived from the Manobos and the Indigenous Peoples of Zamboanga and Ilocos.  Throughout my earlier journeys, I’ve visited some Indigenous neighborhood and witnessed the flowery hand-weaving course of for his or her distinctive textile. It often takes weeks and even a month or 2 to complete one piece. So, I’m comfortable to see that they requested permission and collaborated with these communities to create this footwear.



liliw tsinelas

Liliw Tsinelas isn’t the one memento you possibly can take dwelling from Liliw. You may additionally need to strive the scrumptious uraro cookies, a Filipino cookie with milky style that’s produced from arrowroot flour. It’s derived from the edible rhizome of arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea), a herbaceous plant that’s native to Mexico, Central America, Southern America, and the West Indies, however is now generally grown in Southern Luzon like Laguna, Quezon, and Marinduque.  I bear in mind bringing dwelling uraro cookies from Marinduque and so they style equally scrumptious because the one from Liliw. I truly planted some variegated arrowroot plant in our backyard due to  this.  Different cottage industries that function in Liliw embrace lambanog distillery.  Lambanog, generally identified within the West as coconut vodka, is a conventional Filipino liquor produced from aged tuba (palm toddy). It originated in Luzon the place coconut timber are ample.


The city of Liliw celebrates Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Competition each final week of April, showcasing the wealthy historical past of Liliw in addition to showcasing its fashionable handcrafted footwear. If you wish to witness this colourful pageant, greatest to go to Liliw throughout this season.



Liliw Church


Till now, Liliw nonetheless emanates with remnants of the Spanish rile by way of its historic edifices.  The age-old, brick-walled St. John the Baptist Church (Liliw Church) proudly stands on the coronary heart of the city heart.  It has a large wood door carved with intricate designs and sitting on its prime is the picture of the Baptism of Jesus by St. John the Baptist.  It is among the first locations that vacationers go to. A marker on the church façade rapidly narrates the historical past of Liliw Church. Liliw was initially a part of Nagcarlan again then till it grew to become an unbiased parish round 1605, headed by Franciscan missionaries. It’s mentioned that the unique church right here was inbuilt wooden someday in 1620, which was  finally changed by a stone church. Sadly, it was partially destroyed when an earthquake hit Luzon in 1880. The church was then rebuilt however once more, it was partially broken  by hearth on April 6, 1898.



At this time, the reconstructed church is standing in its full glory.  Curious concerning the inside of the church, (as a result of if I bear in mind it accurately, I didn’t get to see it the primary time I visited Liliw)  I went contained in the church.  The daylight passing by way of the beautiful glass mural window provides extra drama to its lovely core. The altar is connected to the wall with carved, gold-painted reredos with statues of Saints. Contained in the church is a statue of hinulid (useless Jesus Christ laid out).  On the opposite facet is an adoration chapel with an ostensorium that has an undeniably non secular attraction. Devotees can purchase and light-weight color-coded candles right here that symbolizes love, peace, happiness, and so forth.


After purchasing for footwear in Liliw, you possibly can strive one of many cafes and eating places scattered round Liliw heart.  Curiously, this bustling city has a rising variety of cafes. I can’t evaluation them right here since I haven’t actually tried them but, apart from Cake Frost, which is a well-liked native meals chain that serves pasta, mojos, and fruit shakes. I actually like their mojos and cucumber shake. Arabela is a well-liked alternative amongst eating places in Liliw, however it will get actually crowded throughout weekend. They serve steak and Italian dishes like pasta and pizza. However personally, if I’m visiting Liliw, Laguna or different provinces within the Philippines, I might fairly strive a restaurant that serve native dishes fairly than  worldwide dishes. And I can’t appear to search out that in Liliw. If an excellent one, please recommend within the feedback part under.





As a result of its wholesome soil, it’s no shock that Laguna is peppered with bountiful farms.  And the good information is, a few of them are actually accepting vacationers. Except for the standard Liliw vacationer spots, the city is now advertising itself as a farm tourism vacation spot. So, I used to be actually excited to go to a rising farm vacation spot in Liliw- Esmeris Farm. There are different farms within the space however we solely bought to go to one.



Esmeris Farm is blissfully situated in Brgy. Ilayang, San Roque, Liliw Laguna. It’s a family-owned farm that mixes typical farming with farm tourism. A go to to Esmeris Farm is harking back to the farms in outskirt of Bali.  Although there’s nonetheless rather a lot to be improved relating to the bamboo buildings and swing right here, it’s just about an excellent begin.  I used to be comfortable to see that by some means, we’re studying from our neighboring nations relating to utilizing pure and sustainable supplies. I will probably be writing a extra detailed publish about Esmeris Farm, however to present you an thought, the trail to the farm from the parking is clad by bamboo forest, whereas the far itself is speckled with towering palm timber. The principle attraction right here is the swing and the bamboo buildings.  However in the event you plan to remain in a single day, you possibly can strive tenting at Esmeris Farm (₱250 – ₱350 per particular person) or higher but, expertise glamping (₱2,000, good for five individuals). There are additionally horses within the space, so, you possibly can strive horse-back driving (₱50 per particular person, half-hour). I witnessed how the locals right here fortunately shared the little ideas they bought for horseback driving, so be happy to make them comfortable by giving them ideas in the event you can. There’s an unassuming café that serves espresso and fruit shakes. Close to the parking zone, you should purchase locally-grown produce, resembling greens and fruits, they’re fairly low-cost.

Esmeris Farm

Entrance Payment: ₱50 – $1

Parking charge: ₱20 – $0.39 (motorbike), ₱50 -$1 (4-wheeled automobiles)




The one certainly one of its sort within the Philippines, you possibly can go to the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery earlier than or after your journey to Liliw, Laguna. Click on the hyperlink under to learn my full journey information under.



One other attraction to go to in Laguna,  this stress-free place is an efficient facet journey when visiting Liliw.  Learn my detailed journey information under.




Through Public Transport


  • Journey a bus sure for San Pablo, Laguna. Alternatively, you might take a bus sure for Lucena.
  • Alight at San Pablo, and take a jeepney (₱10) or tricycle (₱50) to the Liliw jeepney terminal. Journey a jeepney to Liliw (₱32).  Alight at Liliw city.
  • You may additionally take a bus en path to Sta.Cruz, Laguna. Alight on the terminal in Sta.Cruz. Then, take a jeep to Liliw.




Right here’s a pattern Liliw Laguna itinerary excellent for a day journey or weekend getaway.
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07:00 AM Bus to San Pedro, Laguna (₱150 – $3)
09:00 AM ETA San Pablo Laguna
09:15 AM Jeep to San Pablo bayan (₱10- $0.19) or tricycle (₱30-₱50)
09:20 AM Alight at San Pablo Hearth Station, beside it’s the jeepn terminal
09:30 AM Journey the jeep to Liliw (₱32 – $0.62)
10:00 AM Alight at Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery (FREE)
10:30 AM Jeep to Liliw (₱10 – $0.19)
10:40 AM ETA Liliw.
10:45 AM Liliw Church (FREE)
11:30 AM Lunch (₱200 – $4)
01:00 PM Store for Liliw footwear
02:30 PM Tricycle to Esmeris Farm (₱60 – $1.17, 3 individuals max)
02:45 PM Esmeris Farm (50 – $1)
Horseback driving (₱50 – $1, 30 minutes)
05:00 PM Tricycle again to Liliw city heart (₱60 – $1.17, 3 individuals max)
05:30 PM Jeep to San Pablo (₱32 – $0.62)
06:00 PM Bus again to Manila (₱150 – $3)



*Purchasing bills not included within the pattern funds above.


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