Went on a seminar last week to this small sleepy town of Pakil in Laguna. Right at the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains and at the exact opposite side of the Laguna lake if you are gazing from a roofdeck somewhere in Taguig or Alabang. This place is about three to four hours drive from Manila via South Luzon Expressway or via Antipolo in Rizal. Either way is okay, almost the same travel time and you get to enjoy a good ride on the smooth and free-flowing country lanes. Actualy we took the SLEX on our way to Pakil, and head back to Manila via Antipolo. A real joy ride around Laguna de Bay.
A typical scene on an ordinary day at the streets of Pakil. A lone tricycle expects a passenger, a jeepney fades at the end of the road and the sunset on the mountain slopes. Shops closed at nightfall.
The century old San Pedro de Alcantara Church
What’s so enticing is this chapel with a “Pakil” emblem on top of the hill. Been on this town so many times before but never had the time to scale it up. Imagine the spectacular view of the whole Laguna de Bay from up there. Folks says its a 30
minute hike. I’d say give me half a day!
For a measly sum of 30 php, take a chilling dip at the Turumba swimming pool. This is not your ordinary type of pool. The ever flowing water comes straight from the forests, floored by large pebbles and is believed to be a healing ground for devotees. Folks from nearby towns and provinces of Rizal and Quezon crowd this small resort during Turumba Festival.
The running waters of Turumba pool
Across Turumba swimming pool is the Beatles Place. Nice spot for a meal after a tiring swim, especially for a Beatle fan like me. The place boasts of a familiar aura of bars you can find in the metro. Intruiging to note how the owner came up with the idea of setting up a resto such as this on a town like this. For the love of the Fab Four?
Collections of black and white photos of the Fab Four adorned the heavy lumbered walls of the dining hall.
Alliance of superstars
Wine glasses hanging on a rustic bar
Half full or half empty bottle of lambanog? A half drunk would declare its a near empty
A lanzones tree serves as vertical beam for the ceiling. (of course the fruits are artificial, silly.)
Sinigang na kanduli (catfish) that comes with patis labo, salted egg mixed with fresh green mangoes and tomatoes, lusciously grilled liempos and a refreshing watermelon juice.
Nothing really here, just made an exhibition shot out of Kuya Ernie with the Canon Powershot. ISO 80, shutter speed 1/15, exposure compensation 0, AV 2.6
Two Tess. Hats off to Ms. Tess Sanchez, the entrepreneur of the Beatles Place, great cook! And an officemate, Tess Fulliente.