It was our first time to join the Cavinti Eco-Extreme Adventure and based from what we’ve heard prior to our joining, the road to this adventure is not the ordinary kind. It has a very active and physical type of outdoor fun and adventure.
Going to Cavinti is a 3 to 4 hour travel time from Manila (depends on the traffic situation. You can either commute via South Luzon Expressway or via Marcos Hi-way, south-east of Manila. It is 11 kilometers away from the provincial capital via Pagsanjan route. Our group EATgetaway drove from Manila via SLEX with full-tank gasoline from CALTEX on the way to Cavinti. Along the way, you’ll pass by the famous The Original Buko Pie Bakeshop in Los Banos, Laguna.
Cavinti is a historical town in the province of Laguna where one of the oldest church in the Southern Luzon can be found. Being the first stone church and convent built in 1621, the Church of Cavinti has gone to several restorations that surpasses earthquakes of 1824, 1880, and 1937.
Cavinti is also a gateway to Quezon on the other side of Sierra Madre mountain. The other side leads to Rizal province.
The famous Pagsanjan town welcomes visitors of Cavinti in a matter of 15-20 minutes where travelers are greeted with zigzag roads going to the town proper. Cavinti is a small town composing of 19 barangays with population of 20,809 based from the 2010 census, as per entry to Cavinti Wikipedia page.
The highlight was the entry of the giant Sambalilo hat to Guinness World Records to this year’s Sambalilo Festival.
The people of Cavinti celebrate the festival of Sambalilo hat weaving and hold an annual hat displays in front of their houses and municipal hall. Now on its fourth year, the giant Sambalilo hat was declared the World’s Largest Sambalilo by Guinness World Records last August 1, 2016. Representative from Guinness World Records came to Cavinti to measure and declare the final announcement. Mayor Milbert Oliveros was hands-on during the entire festival.
This year’s theme is “Pinakamalaking Sambalilo… Dala MO ay Turismo… Ibandera sa Buong Mundo!”
There are also different activities and programs during the fiesta celebration which is regularly held during the first 7 days of the month of August. This year, it was held from August 1 to 7.
Sambalilo hats are made from the Pandan tree, leaves are weaved (lala) to make different products such as hat, banig (mats), bags, and many more.
The outdoor activities included in the Cavinti Eco-Extreme Adventure are visits to different waterfalls in Laguna, ATV and Buggy Off Road rides, and cave exploration and spelunking.
Where To Stay
As guests of the Tourism Office, we were booked at Toyama Hotel, a homestay B&B type of accommodation. We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in Cavinti. We can recommend Toyama Hotel because of its homey feel and it’s near the town proper. They also offer a nice affordable rate for travelers visiting Cavinti.
It’s a perfect getaway for the adrenaline junkie and if you have a lot of time you can explore Cavinti’s tourist destinations in two to three days. The Cavinti Eco-Extreme Adventure packages can be arranged with the Cavinti Eco-Tourism Office with telephone numbers (049) 523-0012 and (049) -523 0330. You can also follow and inquire through their Facebook Page facebook.com/visitcavinti for additional information.
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