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 bottom, indicating its volcanic origin. The lake is 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. Instead of helping him, the old woman set her ferocious dogs upon him to drive him away. The old man was badly hurt. He 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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  • During my three weeks stay in San Pablo City, I have not stopped to admire the beauty of this Lake, the largest of the seven lakes of the city. We can do the full tour in less than two hours strolling and enjoying the view, sometimes sometimes sipping an ice cream or a local drink at a terrace. Possibility to rent bikes, admittedly a little run down, for 25 pesos (i.e. €0.40 for two hours). In good weather, there also wonderful views sue mount Banahaw that culminates at 2158 meters.
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  • A good place to go actually if you want to relax and take out the negative things on your mind. Breathe fresh air and enjoy the scenery. I will surely visit this place again with my family.  more »
  • Good spot to allow nature overwhelm whatever stress you are in. If I had known, would have bought my running shoes.  more »
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  • Easy to access. Walking around the lake takes 1 hour. Along the lake is a strong wind. Bikes available to rent. Variety of restaurants and street foods.
  • Place to visit always & enjoy the Nature's fresh Air!
  • Near my home. Wake up everyday with this beautiful view of the lake.
  • This might be the most accessible of all the 7 lakes this City has to offer,
  • It's super buitifull and fresh air
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