San Pablo City, is a first class city in the southern part of Laguna province, and one of the countries oldest city. The city is also known as the “City of Seven Lakes“, referring to the Seven Lakes of San Pablo. Me and some of my officemates have been planning to go here for months already. The plan was to visit the two lakes in San Pablo, which is the Lake Pandin and the Lake Yambo. San Pablo City is just a two hours ride from Manila. If you want to visit the lake, it’s much better if you’ll do reservation, since they may not be able to accommodate you when you just do walk-ins.
You can send them an SMS at 09299789565 or 09079952983 – Aling Siona. Also, the advantage of having reservations, someone (could be one of the bangkeras or local kids) will be picking you up at the parking lot to accompany you for atleast 10 – 15 minutes walk going to the lake. According to the legends, these two lakes were named after two lovers, a beautiful woman named Pandin was cursed not to step on the earth, otherwise, something terrible would befall her. Yambo, her ardent lover, did not know about the curse and had made her step on earth, after which there was a terrible noise followed by the cracking grumble of the earth and a heavy downpour eventually converted the area into twin lakes separated from each other by a bare strip of land.
So here’s a few tips for those who would like to visit Lake Pandin and Lake Yambo ♥
**How to go there:
– Ride a bus off to Lucena
– Drop off at Medical Center San Pablo – Ride a jeep going to “San Pablo – BAYAN”
– Drop off at Bayan/Plaza
– Ride another jeep going to “Ilog”
-Asked them to drop you at “Lake Pandin Parking Lot”
– Someone (could be one of the bangkeras or local kids) will be waiting at the parking lot to accompany you for the 10-15 minutes walk going to the lake.
– You have to pay 360 pesos/per person for the rafting and lunch.
– If you would just like to do rafting, its only 180 pesos/per person.
– Lake Yambo, is just on the other side of Lake Pandin. Hike would take 3-5 minutes.
– Swimming on the lake requires you to wear life jacket (no matter how good swimmer you are). The water on the center of the lake is about 180feet, and the water on the part that they allow guests to swim is about 80feet ;p
A breath taking sight indeed! You have to see it yourselves! 🙂