Monthly Archives: January 2011

Who is General Cailles?

The General Cailles Memorial District Hospital in Tavera Street, Pakil is one of the first hospitals established in Laguna. It was built in 1957 under the watch of Dr. Jose Kamatoy who was at that time the head of the Laguna Provincial Hospital in Sta. Cruz. But who is General Cailles?

Saint Peter of Alcantara

Peter was born in the town of Alcantara, province of Caceres in Spain in the year 1499. His father was the governor of Alcantara, while his mother was from the Sanabia family which was one of the noble families in Alcantara. Upon completing his course in grammar and philosophy in Alcantara, he went on to […]

Dalena House

Another attraction in Pakil is the house of National Artist Danilo Echavarria Dalena where his best paintings can be seen. His critically acclaimed series’ Jai Alai, Alibangbang can be viewed in his home. The house is located across the town plaza and facing the church. Before taking up painting, he worked as an illustrator and political cartoonist during the Marcos years.

Early Accounts of the Turumba

In the course of my research about the Turumba Festival in Pakil, I have come across a number of books documenting its history. One book that I came across was written by Alejandro Roces entitled, Fiestas in the Philippines. In his book Mr. Roces came across a book written in the 19th century entitled, Twenty […]

Turumba Festival

During the months of April and May, the town of Pakil celebrates the Turumba Festival. The festival commemorates the seven sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the reason why festivities are held 7 times between the months of April and May. The first is held on the Friday before Palm Sunday. Succeeding events […]

Panghulo (Turumba Springs)

Located in Barangay Baño, the Turumba Springs Resort or the Panghulo (formerly known as Nuestra Señora delos Dolores de Turumba Swimming Pool) has attracted people from neighboring towns to enjoy the clear water coming from the mountain tops of the Sierra Madre.