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Friday, January 16, 2015

On the road to Cavinti, Laguna for the #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour part 1


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Hi everyone, welcome again to my new travel blog series and here I feature to you the nature wonders and tourist destinations at Cavinti, Laguna. I like to thank Herald Bebis for his awesome initiative to co-tie up with the LGU of Cavinti to organize a trip and tour for us. Cavinti, Laguna is not an alien town to me, it’s a very common town that everyone knows about it, but I thought that I know everything about Cavinti, but I learned more and my info was unclouded once more because I discovered new places and also stuff that is not written in our Sibika at Kultura books back in grade school.

But I have to admit, I know the town, but I visited the area accidentally during my youngling years. My family and relatives are from the town of Sampaloc, Lucban and Tayabas in Quezon Province, all route can be taken via Sta. Cruz-Pagsanjan-Luisiana-Lucban road, but one time, we took the long cut road and it brought us to Lumban-Cavinti road, there I first saw the Caliraya Lake and their Caliraya Spillway, which I thought to be a Nuclear Powerplant, because the tower spill way looks like a power plant, and the entire place is owned by National Power Corporation or NAPOCOR. It took me days to remember all those memories after I got a chance to visit Cavinti Laguna.

The only way to reach Cavinti, Laguna is to ride a bus going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna, there’s no direct bus going there, and that’s the first ride you must take if you want to see the Caliraya Lake.

Thanks to Herald for the instructions, and here I am at the DLTB bus liner terminal in Buendia Manila.

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Here’s a guide

HOW TO GET THERE IN CAVINTI, LAGUNA

1. Ride Sta. Cruz, Laguna bound DLTB Bus in Buendia Terminal, located below Gil Puyat LRT
2. Bus fare to Sta. Cruz, Laguna is PHP 140 (air con bus)
3. Drop off at DLTB Sta. Cruz terminal
4. Ride a a tricycle or jeep going to Sta. Cruz Market
5. At the market, look for the jeepney that will take you to Cavinti, Laguna
6. If you will go straight to Caliraya Lake, ride the Lumban-Cavinti Jeep
7. If you will go straight to Cavinti town proper, then ride the Pagsanjan-Cavinti jeep (this jeep will take you to Bumbungan resort, and also the Cavinti Municipal Tourism Office)
8. If you will go back to Manila, just go back to Sta. Cruz bus terminals, DLTB bus last trip to Manila is around 7:45pm
9. Other option: You can also ride a Lucban jeep in Sta. Cruz, you can drop off at Cavinti junction and just ride a tricycle going to Bumbungan Eco Park or to town proper

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Here’s a geo map of Cavinti, Laguna, you can see already the two big lake – Caliraya Lake and the Lumot Lake.

There are lots of nature wonders here in Cavinti, they have the lake, the falls, the mountain range, and many more, Also they have lots of festivals too - Cavinti Watersports Fest, Mayflower Festival, Sambalilo Festival, Cavinti Harvest Festival and the Cavinti Water Falls shooting the rapids Fest

More info here http://cavinti.gov.ph/



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Bus ride from Manila to Sta. Cruz, Laguna is around 2 hours, the we rode the jeep going to Lumban-Cavinti Road, there we saw first the Caliraya Lake and then it took us around the Cavinti highway up to the Cavinti Municipal Tourism Office which is located in Bumbungan Eco Park. The jeep ride around Lumban-Cavinti will take less than 30 minutes.

Let me spoil you first the places we visit in Cavinti, Laguna, the photos can speak for this blog for now, but expect a solo feature of these places in my Cavinti Eco Adventure Tour blog series.


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Falls in Bumbungan Eco Park


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Caliraya Lake


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Mini islands in Caliraya Lake


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Golf course in Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort


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Caliraya Spillway


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Sunset view in Camarin Resort


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Cavinti Church


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Cavinti Falls
aka Magdapio falls and formerly known as Pagsanjan falls


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Pueblo El Salvador Eco Adventure


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Kalakal Pandan Weaving Center
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Lago Fishing Village
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Lumot Lake


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Japanese Garden
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But the upcoming event highlight in Cavinti, Laguna is the 2nd Cavinti Water Sports Olympics 2015, last year started with local competition but for this 2015 they target to have the international leg of different kinds of water sports. The water sports olympics will be held in Lumot Lake and this will be on Feb 8-14, 2015.

List of contest:

Bass Fishing
Canoe Racing
Carabao Swim Racing
Kayak Racing
Kite Boarding
Open Water Swimming
RC Boat racing
Standup Paddleboard race
Underwater Fish Hunting

Register here if you want to compete - http://cavinti.gov.ph/index.php/watersports-fest-online-registration


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Visit my part 2 post for my feature of our 1st tour around Cavinti, Laguna






ABOUT CAVINTI ECO ADVENTUR TOUR
The #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour is a Tourism Advocacy Campaign to help generate online buzz for the upcoming Cavinti Water Sports Olympics: 1st International Competition happening on February 8-14, 2015.

2015 Cavinti Water Sports Olympics: 1st International Competition
watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWEVHpaEylU

The #CavEAT: Cavinti Eco-Adventure Tour is organized by Herald C. Bebis for the Municipality of Cavinti headed by Hon. Mayor Milbert Oliveros. The event is fully supported by the Cavinti Municipal Tourism Office, DigitalFilipino, Pelikula Padayon, Caliraya Lake Mountain Resort, Camarin Resort and Lago Fishing Village.

HOW TO GET THERE IN CAVINTI, LAGUNA
1. Ride Sta. Cruz, Laguna bound DLTB Bus in Buendia Terminal, located below Gil Puyat LRT
2. Bus fare to Sta. Cruz, Laguna is PHP 140 (air con bus)
3. Drop off at DLTB Sta. Cruz terminal
4. Ride a a tricycle or jeep going to Sta. Cruz Market
5. At the market, look for the jeepney that will take you to Cavinti, Laguna
6. If you will go straight to Caliraya Lake, ride the Lumban-Cavinti Jeep
7. If you will go straight to Cavinti town proper, then ride the Pagsanjan-Cavinti jeep (this jeep will take you to Bumbungan resort, and also the Cavinti Municipal Tourism Office)
8. If you will go back to Manila, just go back to Sta. Cruz bus terminals, DLTB bus last trip to Manila is around 7:45pm
9. Other option: You can also ride a Lucban jeep in Sta. Cruz, you can drop off at Cavinti junction and just ride a tricycle going to Bumbungan Eco Park or to town proper

TOUR ORGANIZERHerald C. Bebis
www.facebook.com/heraldbebis
09055174371



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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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