Laguna got its name from the Spanish word “Lago” which means lake. It also refers to Laguna de Bay which believed as the largest inland body of water in the Philippines. This is also why Laguna is the home of hot spring resorts and has a lot of tourist destinations. But aside from it, Laguna is also one of the historical places in our country as it was conquered by the Spanish in 1571. During that time, there are some places in Laguna that have been remarkable, not only for those who live there but also in the memory of every Filipino. Each place has its own stories to tell and that would serve as an eye-opener about the happenings and culture before. Historical places in Laguna considered as a top tourist destinations.
1. Rizal Shrine
The Rizal Shrine in Calamba is a reproduction of the house in Calamba, Laguna, where Jose Rizal, our national hero was born on June 19, 1861 until he began his formal schooling in Biñan. The restored house is a traditional "bahay na bato" or a stone house with a large yard and a number of rooms reflecting the status of society as well as those of other influential Filipino and Spanish families. The ancestral house was preserved by the local government for years. It served as the shelter for information about what happened in history including the province of Laguna, Rizal’s family, and his memoirs and writing. The Rizal Shrine has six galleries housing multiple facsimiles, photographs, replicas, and authentic artifacts related to Dr. Jose Rizal, and several interactive and traditional exhibits. There's a small museum with memorabilia of the national hero including his famous revolutionary novels, Noli Me Tangere, and El Filibusterismo. Also on show is the last published poem, Mi Ultimo Adios or My Last Farewell, composed in Spanish and translated into English when he was captured by the Spanish Guardia Civil in Fort Santiago before his musketry. Guests will enjoy a free tour inside the building. Numerous galleries and they also have a chance to walk along with the large garden where Francisco Mercado and Teodora Alonso's remains are buried. This historic site is known as the Rizal Shrine making it a popular destination for local and international tourists, field trips and academic research.