This is the second time I’ve visited Liliw, Laguna – a charming town south of Manila. All of the occasions I’ve been here, it was just for a stop-over but it doesn’t change my opinion about how charming it is.
There are some things that hold my attention upon entering – the brick-colored church and the narrow streets which play host to well-maintained- houses. Of course, there are all those shoe stores. This is after all the “Tsinelas Capital” of the country. The riches of the people in this town were made from fashioning all those tsinelas (slippers).
This giant replica is what greets you upon entering the main thoroughfare…..
Visiting Liliw after the Pahiyas festival, we were surprised to learn that it was their San Isidro fiesta too. There was decor left over from the Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival last May.
And then of course it’s a sin not to visit Cafe Arabela, Liliw’s own bistro flocked by people from all over. Its low ceilings will daunt you if you’re six foot and above, but its comfort food offerings will make you stay right in place. I brought home brownie squares as pasalubong and my kids loved it.