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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Liliw Laguna: Home to nice Flip Flops and Espadrille

Just some pieces of
nice espadrilles
The facade of San Bartolome Church
“NICE SHOES WILL TAKE YOU TO NICE PLACES.”  Upon hearing this from a Koreanobela, Boys Over Flower, it stopped me from visiting thrift shops for a good pair of shoes. But it gave me ample time to wait for the next SALE season. 
Further to my piece on Laguna Loop, before heading to Liliw, Laguna, the group stopped at the San Bartolome Church.  As per Filipino tradition, a short visit at any church will guarantee a safe travel. But I think I hit two birds with one stone (cliché as it is.)  I found a treasure in Nagcarlan Church.  As per my reading - The architecture of Nagcarlan Church is Baroque. Its facade has a semicircular arched main entrance flanked by semicircular windows. Its bell has Muslim-inspired crenellations. The embellishments of the facade and the side entrances are distinctly Baroque and this impression is enhanced by the play of light and shade among the architectural details which include tall pedestals which lift the columns on the second level, fenestrations and columns of varying number and length. These details alter the church's otherwise stolid rectangular structure. (en.wikipilipinas)
The captivating altar of San Bartolome Church. 
 Holy and nifty.
After the thank-yous-for-the-blessings and please-keep-this-trip-safe prayers, we left our hopes and prayers to all the saints we met and greeted. With renewed spirits and strength, Liliw, Laguna seemed a good breather
“Liliw is a 4th class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It is one of the highland towns forming the southern extremity of the province  It has a total land area of 88.5 sq. miles. Bounded on the northwest by Sta. Cruz; northeast by Magdalena; on the east by Majayjay; on the west by Nagcarlan; and on the south by Dolores, Quezon, Liliw is perhaps best known for its cold water spring resorts, native homemade sweets and a sizeable shoe industry that rivals that of Marikina City.”  (,_Laguna)
A dose of espadrilles for summer.
A short stretch displays an array of shoes stores. Although I heard nice shoes stores in Marikina, but this Liliw is just one spectacular display of Filipino talent and ingenuity.  Alighting from the van, a kesong puti vendor effortlessly sold me his wares and clueless on what to do with the keso (so affordable at P35 per pack), i accidentally left it while scavenging for my size.

And since summer is inevitable, the picture of espadrille is so engaging not to mention welcoming. Originally priced at P450.00 – a good talk with the tindera would end with P300.00.

Well, a good smile is always the best accessory.  And a good smile just landed me a nice pair of espadrille.  Now,  I am ready for summer.  

More Photos of the short trip (day tour actually)

The entrance of San Bartolome Church.

This piece of art showcases heaven and hell.
Gela, my Persian co-teacher is so amazed
that she thought of "converting" to Christianity.

The Laguna Loop ended with visiting Mer-Nel's Cake Shop
in Los Banos, Laguna.
If you are tired with the perennial sight of Buko Pie,
then don't ever dare go home without a box from Mer-Nel's.


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