Sampaloc Lake, San Pablo City

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Lake Sampaloc is an inactive volcanic maar on the island of Luzon, the Philippines.It is the largest of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo, Laguna. Nearly half of the lake's depth has a shallow depression at the lake's bottom, indicating its volcanic origin. The lake is located behind San Pablo city hall and is dotted with fishpens and small cottages built on stilts.LegendA giant Sampaloc once grew in the garden of a selfish, stingy old woman. One day, an old man begged for some tamarind fruit as a cure for his ailing grandson, but instead of helping him, the stingy old woman set her ferocious dogs upon him to drive him away. The old man was badly hurt, and was in fact a Diwata in disguise. After the Diwata had departed, there was a thundering noise and rain, followed by the cracking of the earth. The entire orchard sank into a colossal pit which was immediately filled with water, which villagers thence named after the large tamarind tree.
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  • the place is good for spending a lazy sunday afternoon, sitting and people watching or walking the loop. there are many food stands, vendors, a couple of restaurant and a hotel; one can also rent a bi...  more »
  • As some people said, the place isn't spectacular but still a very nice place to hang out at. You can take the nice scenic walking loop. We drove it to see the distance then we parked at a picnic table...  more »
  • The place is very windy and comfortable. Good for picture taking with the lake. But it is enough for one time visit. haha.  more »