Magdalena, Laguna Tourist Spots for Both Peace and Thrill-Seekers

Are you on a trip down south and looking for unusual places to visit? Check out Magdalena Laguna Tourist Spots to satisfy your wanderlust!

Magdalena is a very quaint, unassuming town in Laguna that is not your typical tourist destination. Laguna has a lot of municipalities, but given the more popular ones such as Liliw and Nagcarlan, Magdalena might not be on the top of your mind.

Apparently, like any other small towns with hidden gems that remained unexplored, Magdalena unknowingly also has a lot to offer to tourists. In fact, it is the hometown of Emilio Jacinto, a Filipino hero who led and fought with the Battle of Maimpis during the Spanish Colonization Period in the Philippines.

Magdalena is also known to have been the filming locations of several local movies. According to the actors who experienced filming scenes in Magdalena, there will be almost no one among the locals who would flock and watch the filming activities. Locals would just continue with their usual business despite the presence of entertainment personalities. Given that, it has also inspired several recent TV shows and films to choose Magdalena as their filming location. Among the popular films that are shot here is Heneral Luna.

Magdalena is a 5th class municipality (hence the very small town vibe), and it was formerly part of the town of Majayjay, until it was separated to become a standalone town initially named “Magdalena de Ambling”.

So without further ado, listed below are some of the “hidden gems” you can visit during your trip to Magdalena, Laguna:

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St. Mary Magdalene Parish Church

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: St. Mary Magdalene Church. Photo by travelingmorion.com

This beautiful parish church was one of the remnants of the Spanish Colonial Period in the Philippines, hence the architectural features. It was named after their patron saint, St. Mary Magdalene, the heroin of love. This is obviously where the town got its name.

The whole structure of the church might look like any other stone-built Spanish colonial church in other parts of the Philippines, but Magdalena Church has its own unique type of charm. The bell tower looks magnificent, and climbing up here is worth experiencing. 

Magdalena Municipal Hall

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: Magdalena Municipal Hall. Photo by jondiscoverswhentravels.blogspot.com

The facade of Magdalena Municipal hall signifies how elegant the structures way back in time and it also signifies how Magdalena was able to preserve the building’s original beauty, when most municipal and city halls have been replacing their buildings with modern ones.

Bahay Laguna

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: Bahay Laguna. Photo by biyahenglaguna.com

Bahay Laguna is a museum in Magdalena which houses memorabilias belonging to former Governor Felicisimo T. San Luis, who was also known as “The Living Legend of Laguna”.

Emilio Jacinto Shrine

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: Emilio Jacinto Shrine. Photo by military.wikia.org

Located inside the Magdalena Church, this shrine houses the bloodstained bolo and hat of General Emilio Jacinto when he fought the Battle of Maimpis. 

Kawayan Festival

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS. Kawayan Festival. Photo by lagunatoptenfestivals.blogspot.com

The bamboo industry has a big contribution to the livelihood and local economy of Magdalena, hence the town celebrates the annual Kawayan Festival.

Magdalena Park

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS. Magdalena Park. Photo by enacademic.com

In Magdalena Park, you will find the “Walk of Fame” and the Marvel Heroes Statue, because this part of the province is also known as “The Little Hollywood of Laguna” because of its role in the film industry.

Jose Rizal and Emilio Jacinto Statues

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS. Jose Rizal Statue. Photo by thetravellingfeet.com
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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: Emilio Jacinto Statue. Photo by thetravellingfeet.com

Just right by the Magdalena Church, you will see a statue honoring Emilio Jacinto and another statue honoring the National Hero of the Philippines who is a native of Calamba, Laguna, Jose Rizal. 

Tulay Agarao

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: Tulay Agarao. Photo by thetravellingfeet.com

Agarao Bridge connects one part of the town to another separated by the Balanac River. It looks like a typical suspension bridge that you can find in other provinces, but this one provides a nice view of the Balanac River. It just needs to be repaired, though.

White Water River Rafting

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS. White Water River Rafting. Photo by tripadvisor.com

The Balanac River has currents that are perfect for river rafting, and in fact, the river rafting activity in Magdalena is gaining popularity among tourists from outside the town. The river rafting activity will be a fun 3-kilometer experience. 

Balanac River Irrigation Dam

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: Balanac River Irrigation Dam. Photo by thetravellingfeet.com

This irrigation dam has been a popular diving site for adventurous locals in Magdalena. Most of the time you will find boys having fun at this place.

Kart for Rent

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS. Karts for rent. Photo by travellingpeoples.com

There are Mario Kart-type rides which you can rent for Php20 per hour to drive around the premises of the municipal hall.

Tulip Garden

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MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: Tulip Garden. Photo by biyahenisanty03.wordpress.com

At the end of the day, you can choose to relax by this part of Magdalena Park where beautiful artificial flowers are lit.

MAGDALENA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: Your recommendations are welcome! 🙂

There you have it! Please let me know if I have to add something to add to this list of Magdalena Laguna tourist spots by sliding a DM to my Instagram account @wheressherlyn. Happy travels to Magdalena and enjoy!

HOW TO GET TO MAGDALENA, LAGUNA

From Manila, ride a bus going to Santa Cruz, Laguna. From Santa Cruz, ride a jeepney bound for Magdalena.

WHERE TO STAY IN LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES

You can check available accommodations in Laguna via agoda.com

SIDE TRIPS IN LAGUNA, PHILIPPINES

Afte your trip to Magdalena, you can consider going to Hidden Valley Springs in Calauan or to the majestic Pagsanjan Falls.

Fun Snack Time at OJ’s Brew Calamba

OJ's Brew Calamba Outside Signage
OJ’s Brew Calamba Outside Signage

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I have always admired the hustle of Calamba City in Laguna. It’s a huge city with almost everything — historical sites, resorts, restaurants, offices, malls, name it. Anyone would choose to live here will definitely have everything they are looking for. In my case, since I frequently go to Calamba City, I am always in the hunt for local coffee shops, restaurants with unique food, and places to chill and work with my laptop. Since I have so many relatives living in Calamba City, I asked one of my cousins what her favorite restaurant/coffee shop is, and she took me to a very amazing place named OJ’s Brew.

OJ’S BREW: OVERALL AMBIANCE

OJ’s Brew looks very simple and unassuming from the outside. It looks like a well-lit house. They also have parking spots in front, so you don’t need to worry about your cars.

OJ's Brew Calamba Facade
OJ’s Brew Calamba Facade

The overall interior design of OJ’s Brew is plain but beautiful. I really love the travel-themed interior of this place. One side of the wall has clocks showing the time in selected cities and I love the passport stamp design of the counter.

OJ's Brew Calamba Counter
OJ’s Brew Calamba Counter

This side of OJ’s Brew has a nice wall design showing a world map and some major landmarks around the world such as the Big Ben, Taj Mahal, and Leaning Tower of Pisa. Love it! They also have a reading corner with books.

OJ's Brew Calamba Travel-Themed Wall Decor
OJ’s Brew Calamba Travel-Themed Wall Decor

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This side, on the other hand, has this nice “Hello, gorgeous.” frame.

OJ's Brew Calamba Interior
A cute corner at OJ’s Brew Calamba

OJ’s Brew also has an al fresco dining area and it looks very dreamy at night with the presence of fairy lights.

OJ's Brew Calamba Al Fresco Dining Area
OJ’s Brew Calamba Al Fresco Dining Area

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OJ’s Brew also lends board games which you can use while dining in. You just have to deposit your ID to borrow them.

OJ's Brew Calamba Board Games Instructions
OJ’s Brew Calamba Board Games Instructions

OJ’S BREW MENU

From the outside, the facade does not show that OJ’s Brew’s interior is travel-themed, but this chalkboard giving an overview of the menu shows otherwise.

OJ's Brew Calamba Menu
OJ’s Brew Outside Menu

Below is the menu of OJ’s Brew. The menu is so overwhelming and it’s really hard to choose which ones to eat because we want to order almost everything. 🙂 They have finger food, appetizers, pasta, rice meals, sandwiches, wraps, breakfast meals, and burgers.

OJ's Brew Calamba Menu
OJ’s Brew Calamba Menu

They also have a vast selection of drinks, including their specialty coffee.

OJ's Brew Calamba Menu
OJ’s Brew Calamba Menu

OJ’S BREW FOOD: OUR ORDER

I dined in at OJ’s Brew with my cousin, my sister, and my niece. We ordered the following yummy food:

FRIES ON-THE-GO: OVERLOAD FRIES (Php100)

Overload Fries
Overload Fries

Overload fries has ground beef, cheese, and other dips. This is a must-order while waiting for your other orders.

NACHOS ON-THE-GO: PIZZA NACHOS (Php150)

Pizza Nachos
Pizza Nachos

This was recommended by my cousin because she said it’s really good. I haven’t tried any pizza nachos in the past so we gave it a try, and it’s really yummy. Oh, it has pineapples. Yum!

ROADTRIP SANDWICHES: CHICKEN SANDWICH (Php90)

Chicken Sandwich
Chicken Sandwich

I was told that all the bread served at OJ’s Brew are home-baked and therefore explains why they are yummy! This chicken sandwich is good!

COUNTRY PASTA: FETTUCCINE ALFREDO (Php130)

Fettuccine Alfredo
Fettuccine Alfredo

My favorite among all the food we ordered! The pasta was perfectly cooked, and the sauce was very delicious.

COUNTRY PASTA: CHICKEN PESTO (Php130)

Chicken Pesto
Chicken Pesto

I love how they put just enough olive oil in my pasta, and I could smell the Parmesan cheese and garlic as I eat this pesto. Perfect!

ALL-DAY BREKKY: LECHONSILOG (Php120)

Lechonsilog
Lechonsilog

This deep-fried lechon really goes well with their home-made achara. You can have the egg cooked in any way you want. Just request them to the staff. 🙂

TRAVEL RICE BOWLS: OJ’S BIBIMBAP (Php135)

OJ's Bibimbap
OJ’s Bibimbap

Anyone up with some Korean rice bowl? Try this bibimbap and you’re going to enjoy it.

BLENDED DRINKS: STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE (Php120)

Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberry Smoothie

You know what I love about this drink? This is 100% legit strawberry.

BLENDED DRINKS: SIGNATURE RED VELVET (Php150)

Signature Blended Red Velvet
Signature Blended Red Velvet

I love how this blended red velvet is not too sweet and the whipped cream makes the taste better.

DESSERT: BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE (Php99)

Blueberry Cheesecake
Blueberry Cheesecake

According to my cousin, OJ’s Brew Cheesecake tastes better than Starbucks, and the cheesecake lover in me can’t help but try this to know for myself if it indeed tastes good. We ordered not one, but two blueberry cheesecake slices! It was really good and moist, and I could confirm that this is better than Starbucks cheesecake, and definitely waaay cheaper!

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OJ’S BREW: THE VERDICT

We had a really fun dining experience at OJ’s Brew Calamba, and we were very full because the food was really good and the servings were big. I also love how the staff of OJ’s Brew were very pleasant and accommodating. The ambiance of the restaurant allowed us to comfortably bond and exchange stories with one another. I’m definitely going back to OJ’s Brew when I go back to Calamba to try the menu items I haven’t tried yet, especially their specialty coffee. I was told that at OJ’s Brew, everything gets better with coffee. 😀

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OJ’S BREW CONTACT DETAILS

Lakeview Subd, 306 Ipil-ipil St, Calamba, 4027 Laguna
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Playing Tourist in Calamba, Laguna

Considering a quick weekend getaway outside Metro Manila? Here are Calamba Laguna tourist spots that you should check out!

Calamba, Laguna is considered as one of the busiest cities in the CALABARZON region because aside from it is a center of commerce, there are a lot of reasons to travel to the city. Calamba Laguna has a lot of tourist spots, including the hot spring resorts in Barangay Pansol, which are popular among locals but not from outside the region. Calamba Laguna tourist spots are very underrated and unheard of. However, recently, it has becoming one of the nearby road trip destinations of tourists going outside of Metro Manila because of its proximity and accessibility from the country’s National Capital Region.

Hence, it is only fair to give them a little exposure. It is also the gateway to the other parts of Laguna province. A lot of my relatives from the father side live in Laguna, so I go here frequently since I was a little girl but I never had the chance to actually tour around.

I tried going around Calamba to see its tourist spots and it feels weird to be treated as a tourist in this very familiar place. I just needed to give this city a justice, because as a travel blogger, I always take for granted all the places that are within my reach.

Considering that the city is only more than an hour away from Manila, I highly recommend that you check out what the city has to offer. Here are my list of the top three spots you should check out if you happen to travel to Calamba City, Laguna:

CALAMBA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS

Rizal Shrine

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CALAMBA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: This is the historical marker for the birthplace of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the National Hero of the Philippines.
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CALAMBA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: This is the facade of the birth place of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. This is also how a typical middle class house during the Spanish Colonial Era in the Philippines looks like.
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CALAMBA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: The National Historical Institute’s marker for the Calamba Rizal Shrine

Rizal Shrine is the birthplace of the National Hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal. The house resembles a typical stone house by a middle-class family during the Spanish Colonial Period. Upon visiting this, you will learn not only about the life of Dr. Jose Rizal but also the situation of the Philippines during the Spanish colonization. It is located along Mercado and Rizal Streets.

Calamba Claypot

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calamba laguna tourist spots
CALAMBA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: The Calamba Claypot up close where you can read all the barangays comprising the city. I must say, Calamba is a huge city! Part of it is by the border of Tagaytay in Cavite and part of it is by the border of Santo Tomas, Batangas.

Just near the Rizal Shrine is the Calamba Claypot. Also known as the Calambanga (Calamba + “banga” or claypot) or Calamba Jar, it is believed to be the largest claypot in the world. It was constructed to immortalize how the city got its name.

Calamba Church

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CALAMBA LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS: The Calamba Church

Just near the Rizal Shrine and the Calamba Claypot is the St. John the Baptist Parish Church or the Calamba Church. It was known as the christening spot of Dr. Jose Rizal.

Where to Eat in Calamba, Laguna: OJ’s Brew

Calamba Laguna Tourist Spots: OJ's Brew
Where to Eat in Calamba, Laguna: OJ’s Brew

OJ’s Brew Calamba is my favorite go-to restaurant in the city. Aside from its quiet but accessible location, you can practically find almost all types of usual food items that you desire — from sandwiches to pasta to dessert. Oh, this restaurant is also travel-themed!

Lakeview Subd, 306 Ipil-ipil St, Calamba, 4027 Laguna
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