CALABARZON is one of the regions of the Philippines.

It is also designated as Region IV-A and its regional capital is Calamba City in Laguna. The region is composed of five provinces, namely: CAvite, LAguna, BAtangas, Rizal, and QueZON. The region's name is a portmanteau[dubious ± discuss] of the names of these provinces. The region is located in southwestern Luzon, just south and east of Metro Manila and is the second most densely populated region. CALABARZON and MIMAROPA were previously combined together as Southern Tagalog, until they were separated in 2002. Executive Order No. 246, dated October 28, 2003, designated Calamba City as the regional center of CALABARZON. Cavite is named as the Historical Capital of the Philippines. It is the cradle of Philippine Revolution, and the birthplace of Philippine Independence. It was in this Aguinaldo ancestral home where Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed Philippine Independence from Spain on June 12,1898. It was also here where the Philippine Flag made by Marcella Agoncillo in Hongkong was officially hoisted for the first time, and the Philippine National Anthem composed by Julian Felipe was played by Banda Malabon. Measuring 1,324 sq. m. with a five-story tower, this building is actually a mansion renaissance architecture, combining Baroque, Romanesque, and Malayan influences. It stands on a sprawling ground of 4,864 sq.m. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo himself donated the mansion and the lot to the Philippine Government on June 12,1963, "to perpetuate the spirit of the Philippine Revolution of 1896 that put an end to Spanish colonization of the country". And by virtue of Republic Act No. 4039 dated June 18,1964 issued by then President Diosdado Macapagal, the Aguinaldo Mansion was declared national shrine. The largest of five islands guarding the entrance of Manila Bay, a tadpole-shaped Corregidor was once a mere fishing village with a a lighthouse and signal station for all ships entering and leaving Manila Bay.American colonizers built full-scale fortifications on the island, complete with longrange tractor guns, anti-aircraft guns, tunnels an underground command center and a hospital for wounded soldiers. In the last Pacific War, Corregidor became a vital combat zone between the Japanese Imperial Army and the allied forces. It was the last stronghold to fall in the hands of the enemy. Today, memorials to peace and to those who died stand alongside the silent cannons and rusting artillery. The island is now a favorite tour destination with a first class hotel and resort facilities.

Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine Kawit

Corregidor Island

Cavite City

Tagaytay Ridge Tagaytay City

Tagaytay City is known as the country's second summer capital next to Baguio. Its famous Tagaytay Ridge is actually part of the crater of an ancient volcano that collapsed years ago. Within this collapsed volcano are the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano - renowned as the smallest in the world. The Ridge offers a panoramic vista of this natural wonder, as well as picnic spots, accommodations and other recreational facilities.

It stands on 4. presently set in precious gems. (could have been ³Baybay´ meaning lakeside) he named the lake ³Laguna de Bay. with two peninsulas jutting out from the northern shore. In the pre-Hispanic era. in August 19. Los Baños is designated as the official caretaker of the mountain. the wood carvings and papier mache created by the people of Paeté. Laguna de Bay" is the Old Spanish term for "Lake of Bay".´ where the province got its name ³La Provincia de la Laguna De Bay´ until March 5. is also known as the "Virgin of a Thousand Miracles" because of many miracles granted to the faithful devotees from the day of its discovery to the present. It is located at Dapdap West and Dapdap East. meters of solid ground and overlooks four bodies of water . Laguna. Philippines. Taytay Falls. Thus the name "Pulilan Kasumuran" or "Laguna de Bay water source". Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Porta Vaga Reputed to be a relic from Spain. The lake is shaped like a stylised 'W'. The relic is said to have been discovered. Metro Manila lies on its western shore.516 sq. and Bay (pronounced as bä'ï) is a town in Laguna province. approximately 6 to 7 km. The falls have grown into a major tourist attraction for the region. along the south shore of the lake. English: Lake of Bay) is the largest lake in the Philippines and the third largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia (in terms of surface area) after Tonle Sap in Cambodia and Lake Toba in Sumatra. the turumba of Pakil. Pagsanjan is most famous for these falls in particular. the University of the Philippines campus and the hot spring resorts in Los Baños on the slopes of Mount Makiling. Laguna de Bay (Filipino: Lawa ng Bay. Captain Juan de Salcedo discovered when he explored the largest freshwater lake in the Philippines and second in Asia. 1856 when Regent Queen Maria Cristina of Spain issued a royal decree that created and classified 19 civil provinces in the Philippines. the mountain is the domain of legendary figure Maria Makiling. Laguna is notable for being the birthplace of Jose Rizal. Although Laguna has maintained its agricultural lands that generate ample fruits. the country's national hero. The lake is one of the primary sources of freshwater fish in the country. Philippines. Pagsanjan Falls (indigenous name: Magdapio Falls) is one of the most famed waterfalls in the Philippines. south of the province of Rizal. Laguna de Bay. Its capital is Santa Cruz and the province is located southeast of Metro Manila. 1571 Laguna de Bay. the largest lake in the country. The Spaniards called it Laguna. which rises to 1. it is far fetch in contrast to the Laguna. Its surface area is 949 square kilometers and has an average depth of only about 2 meters. Laguna is also famous among tourists for the Pagsanjan Falls. The town itself dates from early Spanish times and lies at the confluence of two rivers. and Manila Bay. west of Quezon. grains and vegetables. Balayan Bay. Majayjay. away from Silang Crossing. the middle lobe fills a large volcanic caldera.People's Park in the Sky An artful blending of natural and man-made attractions poised on the highest point of Tagaytay City. Trias celebrates its foundation every December 13 annually. The University of the Philippines. Laguna almost completely surrounds Laguna de Bay. the Seven Lakes of San Pablo City and the Hidden Valley Springs in Calauan. the Balanac and the Bumbungan. It is an inactive volcano.090 m above sea level. The province got its name from the Spanish word lago. Laguna. Laguna is a province of the Philippines found in the CALABARZON (a portmanteau) region in Luzon. it is a painting of the Virgin Mary framed in carved wood. who protects its forests and wildlife. Foundation Day Gen. The painting. and awesome sceneries that draw local and foreign tourists. Between these peninsulas. Indonesia. The mountain is also said to be shaped like a woman's profile. Mount Makiling (also rarely known as Mount Maquiling) is a mountain located in the province of Laguna on the island of Luzon. which means lake or lagoon. during the 18th century. It is on the island of Luzon between the provinces of Laguna to the south and Rizal to the north. The Seven Lakes of San Pablo (Filipino: Pitong Lawa ng San Pablo) are scattered around the City of San Pablo.Taal Lake. Pila Town Plaza. Laguna de Bay was known as "Pulilan" according to the 1613 Vocabulario de Lengua Tagala printed in Pila. Laguna de Bay drains to Manila Bay via the Pasig River. According to popular folklore. . "Laguna" is the Spanish word for "Lake". north of Batangas and east of Cavite. Spanish for lagoon or lake. Since Salcedo chose to land in Bay. beached on the shores between the old Puerto Vaga in Cavite City and Barrio San Roque.

It is located about 50 km (31 miles) from the capital. This was the first Turumba procession. Parade of Roast Pigs held at Balayan. lies on an island in the center of the lake. which in turn is on Luzon (an island). is dotted fishpens where tilapia. Calibato. Mindoro. on the island of Luzon. At the crypt of the cemetery. Marinduque. It was thought to be named as "a volcano inside a volcano" because many believed that the lake that circles the volcano was once a crater or mouth of a volcano. had an established civilization and culture much advanced with those from other places. or "lechon". sunglasses.´ Its jurisdiction extended over a vast territory including the present provinces of Batangas. the settlement. San Pablo City Each of the seven lakes is nestled in a depression created long ago by volcanic activity.It took a century for the church to achieve its present form. Mojicap. Philippines every 24th of June. the Turumba dates back to 1640 when a fisherman floating in the Laguna Lake found the statuette of Our Lady of Sorrows. all part of the Pacific ring of fire. Esteban Ortis and Fr. That crater lake is the world's largest lake on an island in a lake on an island. St. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Historical Landmark Built in 18th century by the Franciscan Missionaries. a bridal veil and a groom's formal tails: Filipino festival goers have given a new meaning to dressing up a crisp. . ³Turumba´ was the sound of the drumbeats during the procession. Turumba Festival Good Friday. Yambo and the Bunot Lakes. with San Martin de Tours as patron saint. Batangas. there is a crater lake on Volcano Island.Today only the ruins of the walls of the original church is now left standing. It is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines. Taal Lake is a freshwater lake in the province of Batangas. The tombstones are embedded on the brick walls of the cemetery. which is now Fray.Deigo Espina in 1575 under the Augustinians. which is situated within a caldera formed by an earlier. It consists of an island in Lake Taal. Legend tells that he brought it to Pakil and left it in his boat while he sold his catch in town. the underground cemetery is a circular wall structure. The lake is situated within a caldera formed by very large eruptions between 500. The island is called pulo or islet by the locals. A farmer carried the statuette to the church and on his way the people following him started to sing and dance. according to history. is where the Katipuneros plotted against Spanish rule. a dish that brings all the community together to celebrate the feast of St. Vulcan Point. The Augustinian Missionaries started construction in 1756. that time.The lakes are craters of ancient volcanoes and are among the 20 small monogenetic volcanic fields found along the Macolod Corridor. a housewife saw the image where it was. Taal Volcano is a complex volcano on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Philippines. whose feast is celebrated every November 11. Martin of Tours is the patron of Taal.´ In 1578.´ which was how the natives called the logs or wood that can be found in Calumpang River that runs through the northeastern portion of the town. and soon afterwards a crowd started to gather around the banca. Seven Lakes. The Province of Batangas is known as the ³Cradle of Heroes and Nationalists. The intricately designed wrought iron-gate on the red-tiled walk crosses the grounds leading straight to the opposite side. golden-brown roast pigs to parade through the streets. Pandin. John the Baptist with a parade of succulent roast pigs. She notified the parish priest. It is situated between the towns of Talisay and San Nicolas in Batangas. The conical coronation of the Our Lady of Caysasay was also made in basilica in 1954. but it was destroyed when Taal volcano erupted in 1754. The name ³Batangas´ was derived from the word ³batang.000 years ago. The word ³Turumba´ has no real Filipino or Spanish meaning. Juan de Porres and became the administrative seal as the first capital of the province known as ³Balayan de Kumintang. The seven lakes are: Sampaloc. a local freshwater carp species is breed. which is the one responsible for the lake's sulfuric content. Its people. which is part of the larger Southwestern Luzon Volcanic Field. The active Taal Volcano. the biggest of the seven lakes. Curly wigs. But according to the legend. Laguna Held in honor of the Virgin Mary. Batangas. Roast pig.[1] or San Pablo Volcanic Field. very powerful eruption. In addition. where an altar-like structure is located. Taal Basilica is considered as the biggest church in the Philippines and in Asia. Palakpakin. Meanwhile. called Volcano Island. was officially recognized as a municipality under Spain by Fr. The volcano has been designated a Decade Volcano worthy of close study to prevent future natural disasters. is festival food for Filipinos. Manila. and as far as Camarines. the southeast of Laguna. It is the country's third largest lake (the largest being Laguna de Bay). standing 96 meters long and 45 meters wide. Pakil. Basilica de San Martin de Tours in Taal is the largest church in Asia.000 and 100. Sampaloc Lake. which is in Lake Taal. and it in turn contains its own small island. Taal Basilica was first built in present day San Nicolas.