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.

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Finding Serenity in Caleruega

Church of Transfiguration in Caleruega Philippines

A serene spot on top of a hill with the beautiful view of fields and mountains.   A place for soul searching.  A piece of Spain in the Philippines.   These may be some characteristic Caleruega may hold.

Serenity of Caleruega

Image of the Virgin and Child

Caleruega is a place for retreats and has become one of the preferred locations for weddings located in the town of Nasugbu in Batangas Province.  It is about 15 minutes drive from the Tagaytay and about 2.5 hours south of Manila.

Caleruega was built and designed by the Dominican priests on a sloped hill in Nasugbu.  The design was based from an actual town in the autonomous community of Castile-Leon in Spain, also called Caleruega.  It features retreat facilities, function rooms, a mess hall, dormitory rooms, a camp site, and its main chapel at its top side.  The facilities and walkways are built with bricks giving it a Spanish feel.

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