“Laguna nang marating ko…” San Pablo used to be the only city in the province of Laguna, with Sta. Cruz being its capital. After the modernisation and the unstoppable progress of the province, other cities where created or developed such as Calamba City, Sta. Rosa City, San Pedro City, Cabuyao City and Binan City. But when in San Pablo(my hometown), there’s always a lot of things to do and places to visit. I don’t miss going to Manila because almost everything is available and accessible in San Pablo. Every holiday or vacation, my kids, grandkids and I never fail to discover new places to eat and try new menus. But lutong Pinoy is still at the top of the list. My last holiday included dinner at Kuya J’s and Gerry’s Grill.
Plus a try out of the newly opened Yellow Cab at SM San Pablo. Of course, we never fail to call on Jollibee and Mc Donald’s and to take a short stop at Andok’s to grab an order of their mouth-watering lechon manok, matched with Budong malunggay pandesal for a healthy option. Not forgetting Chow-king and Greenwich… Oh, how we love good food! The most looked forward and considered as best experience of a holiday is self-pampering with a full body massage at Mont Albo. At Mont Albo’s, I always go for the Filipino traditional massage known as “hilot”. Rendered for 60 minutes by a well-trained masseuse at PHP 300 only, it is a bargain but very well orchestrated. The best part of the session is when heated banana leaves are placed across pressure points on the back. Such a relief from muscle aches! From among the massage spas in San Pablo, Mont Albo never fails.
I have tried others but this is what I considered the best. To culminate my short holiday, a peaceful and relaxing dip at Montelago Nature Estates’ pool was all that I needed. Mount Banahaw overlooks at Montelago. The site brings your heart closer to mother nature with a calming effect. So everytime I am due for a holiday or plans a holiday, my feet always lead me to the Philippines, back to my hometown… San Pablo, a first class city in Laguna.