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8 Authentic Experiences You Will Get with Ekolife Tours in Laguna

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If you want to rediscover the birthplace of the country’s national hero, take the off beaten path or if you simply need to take a breather, Laguna is just a couple of hours away from Manila.

1 THE SIMPLE JOYS OF A HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION

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Wake up to a wistful morning, to breakfast calling and your grandmother’s familiar recipe wafting through the doors. Welcome home!

Because EkoLife helps families of Overseas Filipinos and hometown locals convert their residence into quaint bed and breakfasts as well as train them how to be gracious hosts, you can now discover rich culture served on a plate and stay snug in bed for as long as you want, because you’re not treated as a guest here, but rather part of the family!

2 BASK IN THE CALMNESS OF LAKE PANDIN

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There’s nothing more soothing than to be comfortably perched on a ‘balsa’ or raft while savoring a sumptuous lunch tastefully prepared by seasoned hands. Find serenity on top of calm waters and surround yourself with the beauty of nature as you listen to the local legends of Yambo, Pandin as well as the story of All Women Paddlers.

3 TREE-PLANTING AND TREKKING

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They say the best time to plant a tree was ten years ago, but the next best time is now. With illegal logging, lack of discipline and hasty city planning, it’s no surprise that most Philippine forests can’t hold off landslides and sustain wildlife anymore; unfortunately, the country went through terrible floods that already cost too many lives. The smallest things we do can save a life. Be a hero and give back to Mother Earth by planting a tree or two in Malabanan Watershed.

4 RECOVER A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Ato Belen's Organic Farm

Through a tour of Ato Belen’s Organic Farm, you can learn the basics of traditional farming and enjoy the benefits of chemical-free, all-natural, carefully grown fruits and vegetables. This is definitely one of the many rustic pleasures we all ought to appreciate.

5 STARGAZING IN A ROMANTIC GARDEN RESTAURANT

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Take your loved ones, friends and family over to Café Lago where under the moonlit sky and overlooking the Sampaloc Lake, you can have meaningful conversations paired with an amazing dinner.

6 LUMBAN AND THE CRAFT OF EMBROIDERY

Burdahand Haven Centre

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If you’re interested in fashion, looking for something original or you need special ‘pasalubongs’ or gifts for the ladies/gentlemen in your life, you can never go wrong with the most intricate Barongs and Saya (embroidered formal wear). From raindrop embossed styles to doll shapes and traditional scallop patterns, you have an exquisite trove of unparalleled designs passed on from town traditions and history. These fine art works show a community’s lifestyle and tells you the story of hard work and dedication.

7 RETAIL THERAPY IN LILIW’S FOOTWEAR SHOPS

This is the best treat for all the shoe lovers! From high quality but affordable espadrilles costing only P230, to leather shoes below P500 and three pairs of slippers for P100—you can fill in your rack at home with footwear for all occasions.

8 “A TASTE OF THE PAST” AT A CAFÉ MUSEUM

Cap off your stay with a steaming cup of coffee or a fusion-food feast at the Sulyap Gallery Café and Restaurant in San Pablo City. Previously known as the Southern Luzon Colleges and Cocoland Hotel, it has now been converted to a restaurant gallery museum. With the view of a historic ancestral house restored piece by piece at the patio, antique collections dating back to the 1800s, travellers can indulge in the ambience of the Spanish colonial period combined with historic pieces and good food.

Ekolife does not just package a tour or book rooms, it’s a social enterprise that gives you the chance to be a part of local communities, care for the environment and to share a part of you in the process. It’s always a grace to go back where you belong, to trace your roots and to know that perhaps the journey itself is the destination.