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Recreational Place

Rizal Shrine
This two-storey, red-tiled-roof, Spanish-vintage house is maintained as a national shrine by the national government. It houses Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s 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 country’s 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.

Mount Makiling
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 Camp
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.


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