Two weeks back, a day after Labor Day, I had the opportunity to visit once more the beautiful town of Liliw in the province of Laguna, south of Manila. The town has been known for its main industry which is manufacturing of slippers. They are known for making world-class slippers where local tourists travel to to buy slippers and they are rival with the city of Marikina in shoe-making as well. Also, the town is also famous for its cool water springs that visitors flock to cool off from the summer heat.
Liliw is a small town located at the foothills of the enchanted Mount Banahaw, where faith healers, voodoo people, and other people climb up for spiritual cure and beliefs. The town has been founded since 1571 and some remnant of Spanish architecture may still be found and one of them is its centuries old red-bricked Liliw Church that is located uphill and offers the view of the whole town from it. This church is very beautiful in my opinion and gives you the feel of the Spanish Colonial period.
Well, it was almost good timing that we have scheduled our trip here because that week the town is celebrating their annual Tsinelas Festival where the center of the festival is their tsinelas (slippers, from the Spanish word chinelas). The day before we arrived there was street dancing performed and other activities that the whole town joins in.
And so we entered most of the stores on that street looking for slippers or shoes. There you’ll find slippers of all sizes, from an inch size up to a giant size. Well the giant slippers are on display because of the festival. But the smaller slippers are usually for key chains.