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Sampaloc Lake: The Largest and Premier lake of San Pablo


Lake Sampaloc is an inactive volcanic maar on the island of Luzon, the Philippines. It is one of the lake in the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, Laguna.

by Jhaypee Guia on February 06, 2014
Sampaloc Lake: The Largest and Premier lake of San Pablo

Overview

Lake Sampaloc is an inactive volcanic maar on the island of Luzon, the Philippines. It is one of the lake in the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, Laguna. Nearly half of the lake's depth has a shallow depression at the lake's bottom, indicating its volcanic origin. The lake is located behind San Pablo city hall. It is dotted with floating restaurants along its shoreline serving delectable Filipino and Chinese cuisines. The lake abounds with tilapia, bangus, carp, and several species of shrimps.

Sampaloc Lake is the city’s biggest and premier lake, with an area of 104 hectares, a maximum depth of 27 meters, approximately 85% of its volume below 10 meters and 15% below 24 meters.

Legend

Legend tells of a giant Tamarind (Sampaloc) tree in the garden of a selfish, stingy old woman who drove away a fairy disguised as an old man asking for some fruit as a cure for his ailing grandson. Instead of helping him, the old woman had him driven away by her ferocious dogs. The old man was badly hurt. After the old man left, there was a thundering noise and peltering rain, followed by the cracking of the earth. And then, the entire orchard sank into a colossal pit which was immediately filled with water. Henceforth, the villagers called it Lake Sampaloc.

 

Accommodation

  • El Cielito Inn Sta Rosa 

Location : Sta Rosa Tagaytay Road, Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines

  • Paseo Premiere Hotel 

Location : Sta. Rosa Business Park, Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines

  • The Green Glass Boutique Hotel 

Location : Crossing Calamba City, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines

  • Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel 

Location : Dagatan Boulevard, Sampaloc Lake, San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines

  • Rockpoint Hotspring Resort Hotel & Spa 

Location : Maria Makiling Hot Springs Village, Purok Uno, Brgy Pansol Calamba City, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines 4017

How to Get There

Here is a list of terminals where you can spot buses offering trips to Laguna.

  • Kamias, Quezon City (near Cubao)
  • Buendia corner Taft Ave., Manila

Take the bus that has a signboard - Lucena via San Pablo. The travel time will take around two hours if there is no heavy traffic.

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