Provinces

Laguna Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Laguna is a province just southeast of Manila and Laguna de Bay, in the Philippines. Its capital is Santa Cruz. Laguna is known for its beautiful lakes and majestic mountains—such as the famous Mt. Makiling, Mt. Banahaw, and Sierra Madre—providing a lot of opportunities for vacation, travel and tourism

LOCATION

Laguna

Coordinates: 14°10′N 121°20′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Laguna
Location:
14°10′N 121°20′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1571
Capital:
Santa Cruz
Area:
1,917.85 km2 (740.49 sq mi)
Population:
3,035,081
Density:
1,600/km2 (4,100/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
6 Component cities, 24 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Laguneño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Banahaw) 2,170 m (7,120 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
4000–4033
Area code:
+63 (049)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
Predominantly Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Tagalog, English
Known For:
Mt. Makiling, Mt. Banahaw, and Sierra Madre
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, corn, coconuts, mangoes, and bananas), Fishing, Manufacturing (vehicles, electronics, semi-conductors), Tourism, Commerce
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
December to January
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
None
Seaport(s):
None
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is relatively dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year for a small portion near the southern boundary. The other parts, west of Santa Cruz municipality, experience a dry season from November to April and rainy season during the rest of the year. The eastern and southern most portions do not have distinct season, with rainfall more evenly distributed throughout the year. Laguna is classified under the Köppen climate classification as predominantly having a Tropical monsoon climate, mostly centered around the areas of Calamba to Calauan. The area stretching from Biñan to Cabuyao is classified as having a Tropical savanna climate, while the area from Luisiana to Pangil has a Tropical rainforest climate.

To fully enjoy Laguna’s famous hot springs, the best time to come would be during the cold season, which is around December to January. It is also advisable to visit these hot spring resorts during rainy season instead of summer.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Laguna Province Map

The Laguna province is divided into 24 Municipalities, 6 Component Cities:

  • Alaminos
  • Bay
  • Biñan
  • Calamba
  • Calauan
  • Cavinti
  • Famy
  • Kalayaan
  • Liliw
  • Los Baños
  • Luisiana
  • Lumban
  • Mabitac
  • Magdalena
  • Majayjay
  • Nagcarlan
  • Paete
  • Pagsanjan
  • Pakil
  • Pangil
  • Pila
  • Rizal
  • San Pablo
  • San Pedro
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Rosa
  • Siniloan
  • Victoria
 

ISLANDS

None

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Laguna province:

  • Alcasid Aviary and Farm
  • Batis ng Makiling
  • Bato Springs
  • Bukal Falls
  • Costales Nature Farms
  • Enchanted Kingdom
  • Forest Wood Garden
  • Fun Farm at Sta. Elena
  • Hidden Valley Springs
  • Kidzooona
  • Lake Caliraya
  • Lake Pandin
  • Lake Yambo
  • Lakes Pandin
  • Magdalena White Water River
  • Montepico Hidden Spring Resort
  • Mount Makiling
  • Mt. Romelo
  • Museo de Sta Rosa
  • Pagsanjan Falls
  • Paseo de Santa Rosa
  • Rizal Re-Creation Center
  • Rizal Shrine
  • Saint Paul the First Hermit Cathedral
  • Sampaloc Lake
  • San Gregorio Magno Church
  • Solenad
  • Southwoods Mall
  • Splash Island
  • Taytay Falls
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Laguna throughout the year:

  • Turumba Festival (Between April and May) – Pakil
  • Pinya Festival (May) – Calauan
  • Tsinelas Festival (Last of April) – Liliw

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Laguna province.

Where in the Philippines is Laguna located?
Laguna is located occupies the north-central section of the CALABARZON Region in Luzon

Is Laguna a city or province?
Laguna is a province.

What is the Capital of Laguna?
The capital of Laguna is Santa Cruz.

What is Laguna famous for?
Laguna is famous for Pagsanjan Falls, Mt. Makiling, Mt. Banahaw and Sierra Madre.

How do I get to Laguna?
There are several ways to get to Laguna, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 2 hours | $2-$3
  • Taxi | 2.5 hours | $30-$40
  • Drive | 2.5 hours | $15-$20

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How many islands are in Laguna?
There are NO islands in Laguna province.

What does Laguna mean?
Laguna is derived from the Spanish term “la laguna” which means “the lake”, referring to Laguna de Bay located on the northern boundary of the province. It is the largest inland body of water in the country.

How Safe is Traveling in Laguna?
Laguna is very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Laguna the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Laguna province is considered tropical with significant rainfall most months and short dry season.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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