This two-storey, red-tiled-roof, Spanish-vintage house is maintained as
a national shrine by the national government. It houses Dr. Jose P. Rizals
childhood, ranging from pictures of and early sculptures by the late hero
to laminated excerpts of some of his best written works. The house is
by no means in its original state except for the old well, everything
is a reconstruction of the original house of Rizal, the countrys
national hero. However, the house has maintained much of its colonial
appeal. The museum on-site offers guided tours for groups. It has a gift
shop on the ground floor. There is no entrance fee but donations are welcome.
Museum hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.,
everyday except Monday.
The mystical Mount Makiling is an inactive volcano rising to about 1,109
meters above sea level. The vegetation consists of approximately 2,048
different species of plant. The lower slope is a tall dipterocarp forest
while the summit is a dwarf mossy forest. The slopes of Mt. Makiling are
shaped to resemble a woman reclining, hence, the air of mysticism that
surrounds the mountain. Legend has it that it is the profile of the sleeping
Maria Makiling, a mythical goddess. Still others say that Maria Makiling
dwells in this mountain and protects dwellers and travelers from harm.
Boy Scouts of the Philippines
The BSP grounds are an ideal camping area. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
of the Philippines usually hold their jamborees and other relevant activities
in this campsite.
Makiling Botanical Garden
The MBG was started in September 1965 to support professional instruction
and research related to forestry and plant sciences, and to serve the
needs of tourism as well as the educational and recreational needs of
the general public. MBG occupies 300 has. of forest land distributed into
three main sections, the arboretum, nursery, and recreational areas. There
are 1,060 general, 2,087,150 varieties, 2 culvinators of flowering plants
and ferns representing 209 families in Mount Makiling. An exhibit of Philippine
wildlife in a diorama setting can be viewed at the pavilion. Mini waterfalls,
gurgling creeks, natural swimming pools, concrete trails, and nature trails
are attractions at the MBG.
Maria Makiling Park
Maria Makiling is a goddess of the Tagalogs who resided on top of the
tallest mountain in Laguna. The people who lived at the foot of the mountain
venerated her because of the bounty of natural harvests. A mini Maria
Makiling Park located near the UPLB Alumni Center was constructed as a
tribute to the legendary goddess of the mountain.