Taken on 21 September 2009
Though the zigzag trail that comes after Tanay, Rizal makes me dizzy, I sometimes take this route instead of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) when going home. The sight of Laguna de Bay with the mountains surrounding it is just so revitalizing.
That day, we were going to Club Manila East. We stopped at this point (before reaching Tanay) for a few minutes to have a group photo with the lake as background. We never knew that it was going to be a so-called calm snapshot before the storm.
It’s a little odd though to realize that it’s “a lake that is a bay”. Gramatically, a bay is a body of water partially enclosed by land with a wide mouth affording access to sea while a lake is an expanse of water entirely surrounded by land. Here’s a story of how it got its name. It was in the town of Bay (pronounced as Ba-é) on the lake’s southern shore that the Augustinians, established their first Christian mission station in Laguna, in 1571. Hence, the lake’s name. Incidentally, the American cartographers misread “Ba-é” as “bay”.
This is the largest lake in the Philippines and the third largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia (in terms of surface area) after Tonle Sap in Cambodia and Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Lumban Bridge. Taken on 20 September 2009 on my way to Liliw, Laguna. Lumban is the neighbor town of Pagsanjan and Kalayaan.
It has 29 lakeshore towns and my hometown and Lumban are amongst these. It has several uses, one of which is power generation.
A grainy shot while passing by the pump storage hydroelectric power station which is operated in Kalayaan, Laguna. It produces about 300 megawatts of electricity. Efforts are underway to increase this capacity to 600 megawatts.
I guess everyone loves the view of this lake whether they’re seeing it from Laguna or Rizal. But being close to something beautiful has sometimes a twin effect. Just as when Pepeng was predicted to overflow the lake, our worries became tantamount to those of the residents of the beautiful Mayon Volcano when there’s a quake and/or possible eruption.
And we pray that these beauties remain calm.