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Calamba

The city of Calamba, Laguna gets its name from an old local legend.

It’s said that two lost Spanish guards wandered into the town. Hoping to figure out where they are, they asked a young local woman, who was carrying around a jar of water (banga_) and a wooden stove (_kalan), what the name of the town was.

Sadly, the woman did not understand Spanish and thought that they were asking what she was carrying. So she said in her native tongue, “Kalan-banga.” The two soldiers heard it as “Calamba,” and that was the name that stuck.

A monument depicting this legend stands in the heart of Calamba. The Calambanga, the largest clay pot in the world, is one of the city’s major landmarks. The clay pot also serves as sort of a map, as the different names of the city’s barangays can be found etched on its surface.

The city is also the birthplace of the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal, and a trip to Calamba isn’t complete without a visit to the Jose Rizal Shrine.

The most visited tourist destination in the city, the shrine stands as a reproduction of national hero Jose Rizal’s childhood home, as the original was destroyed in World War II. Entrance to the Rizal Shrine is free, but make sure to leave a donation to help preserve the ancestral home.

The shrine houses a living room where the Rizal family entertained guests, a library containing more than 1,000 books, three bedrooms, a kitchen, and a dining room. There’s also a well in the garden where you can drop a coin and make a wish. You can find some of Rizal’s original writings and works of art here too.

Next door to the Rizal Shrine is the Saint John the Baptist Parish. It’s the oldest church in the city and Rizal was baptized here. There’s also a Garden of Gethsemane replica where you can pray or just sit down and have a quiet moment.

The city is also home to the world’s second largest Rizal monument, found in the Calamba Plaza. The statue stands at 22 feet (7 meters) tall, symbolizing the 22 languages and dialects that Rizal is fluent in.

If history wasn’t your thing in school, don’t worry, Calamba still has something for you. There’s the Republ1c Wakepark, where you can ride the waves to your heart’s content. Rates start at ₱250 (US$6) an hour.

Much like the nearby city of Los Baños, Calamba is also known for its buko (young coconut) pie and espasol (a rice cake dusted with coconut powder). You can get these anywhere here and they’re an excellent treat to cap off your adventures in this historic city.

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