When at Doña Jovita Garden Resort, make it a point to visit the sites and delicacies that are distinctly Laguna.

JOSE RIZAL SHRINE

The top must-do in Laguna starts with the Jose Rizal Shrine in Calamba as Laguna is, first and foremost, known as the birthplace of the national hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

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The reconstructed home of Jose Rizal in Calamba, Laguna.

Click on the link below to know more about the Rizal Shrine.
http://www.lagunatravelguide.com/index.php?page=rizal-shrine

MAKILING BOTANICAL GARDEN

Laguna, as evidenced by the numerous nurseries in the area, is known for the abundance of plants, making it a haven for plant lovers. Located in the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, the Makiling Botanical Garden is a symbol of Laguna’s rich vegetation of plants and flowers.

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Click on the link below for a view of the Makiling Botanical Gardens
http://www.lagunatravelguide.com/index.php?page=makiling-botanical-garden

THE ORIGINAL BUKO PIE

Another Laguna trademark is the delicious and favorite buko pie that everyone asks you to take home if you have just visited Laguna. Locals say that nothing can beat the original and yet there are now many other brands of buko pies available in practically every corner of Pansol, Calamba, and Los Baños.

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Click on the link below for more information on The Original Buko Pie
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Original-Buko-Pie/262543883881740

MER-NEL’S CAKE

A must-try according to all locals! The chocolate-y goodness that began in Los Baños is so famous and always in demand that it now has three branches.

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Click for more on Mer-Nel’s
http://www.lagunatravelguide.com/index.php?page=mernel-s-cake

IRRI Riceworld Museum

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Not to be missed is the world class International Rice Research Institute whose museum exhibits all the history and information about rice as the Philippines is the 8th largest rice producer in the world.

Click on the link below for more on the IRRI Museum
https://sites.google.com/site/museumsofthephilippines/directory/Luzon/irri-ricewold-museum

LOS BAÑOS MAGNETIC HILL

Located along the Makiling Forest Reserve to UPLB is a phenomenon that leaves people baffled. Try turning off the engine of your car along the Magnetic Hill and see what happens!

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Take a look at the site for an amateur experiment on the ‘pull’ of the magnetic hill
https://eagronfiles.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/los-banos-magnetic-hill-truth-or-simply-an-optical-illusion/

MT. MAKILING FOREST RESERVE

Above and beyond all the natural and manmade wonders that make Laguna a tourist destination is the majestic Mt. Makiling and its hot springs. In September 2013, the ten-member ASEAN approved the nomination of the Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve (MMFR) as the 33rd ASEAN Heritage Park. The park, which covers 4,244.37 hectares, is run by the academe as it houses the UP Los Baños campus.

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Click on the link to meet Mt. Makiling
http://www.denr.gov.ph/news-and-features/features/1612-mount-makiling-forest-reserve-legendary-mountain-becomes-southeast-asias-newest-natural-jewel.html