Early morning, I took a bus bound to Lucena and dropped off at San Pablo City in the province of Laguna. The end in mind is to get some fresh air and have lunch at Pandin Lake, one of the seven lakes in San Pablo.

The city traces its history back in the 16th century. It started with the founding of Sampaloc out of four big barrios at the foot of Mt Banahaw and Mt Makiling. Then, Sampaloc was later named as San Pablo delos Montes, which eventually became a municipality in 1647, and a city in 1941. Now known as The City of Seven Lakes, San Pablo City is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines.

One of the tourist destinations here is the city’s cathedral. Built in 1774 by the Augustinians, the San Pablo Cathedral is a must-see neoclassical architecture. It was not in my original itinerary, but while looking for a jeepney bound to Pandin Lake, I saw a beautiful light blue dome (not shown in the photo) and a bell tower. I said, I should take a look. Then I found a beautiful church in a vast churchyard, the cathedral of St. Paul.

Photos taken with Cherry Mobile Flare.


ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.