#66 Mt. Makiling

The Mt. Makiling in Los Banos, Laguna province is a well-known national park that often figures in Philippine myths and legends.

Maria Makiling, for example, is the symbol or reincarnation of Mother Earth or an earth goddess that withholds her  favours to those who defile the environment. For many animists worshippers or practitioners in the Philippines, Mt. Makiling is also one of the sacred places of worship and annually attracts disciples of animist religions.

The mountain itself is a treasure trove of rich flora and fauna, rare Philippine hardwood and has geothermal properties. The premier agricultural university in the Philippine, the UP at Los Banos, is also located in the foothills of Mt. Makiling, as well as a high school for gifted art students.

With warm-water bath resorts dotting its foothills, Mt. Makiling is a favorite  destination for Manila residents and visitors on a day-long trip. It is easily accessible from Manila and other southern Luzon provinces.

Mabuhay ang Mt. Makiling!

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