The Slipper Town of Liliw

PauTravels in Liliw, Laguna during the Tsinelas Festival

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.

Slipper Town of Liliw

St. John the Baptist Church of Liliw

Slipper Town of Liliw

parishioners walk out the Liliw Church after mass

Slipper Town of Liliw

altar boys exit the Liliw Church after the mass

Slipper Town of Liliw

one of the older looking ancestral houses in Liliw

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.

Slipper Town of Liliw

shops of slippers line up the street

Slipper Town of Liliw

decorations made from slippers

Slipper Town of Liliw

the Liliw central Plaza

But that day we just took a few hours walking down its main commercial road where all slipper stores are lined up.  We started from uphill upon exiting the Liliw Church grounds where the main Municipal building is located.   It is very common in old Spanish towns in the country that the main church and government buildings stand beside each other where townsmen usually gather for town events.
Slipper Town of Liliw

Jen with the town’s slipper mascot

Slipper Town of Liliw

trying to fit these giant Liliw slippers

Slipper Town of Liliw

hand woven slipper making is the main industry in Liliw Laguna

Slipper Town of Liliw

mini slippers

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.

8 thoughts on “The Slipper Town of Liliw

  1. Oh I love Majayjay.. specially its Taytay Falls… been there for a number of times already… I just did not have enough pictures to use to blog for it yet.. maybe when we get the chance to go back there.. 😀

  2. Oh I love Majayjay.. specially its Taytay Falls… been there for a number of times already… I just did not have enough pictures to use to blog for it yet.. maybe when we get the chance to go back there.. 😀

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