Sampaloc Lake is one of the seven volcanic lakes that give San Pablo the monicker of "City of Seven Lakes". This lake is closest to the City centre and the most accessible of them all. Located off Schetelig Avenue, it has a paved trail around the edge that you can walk in one hour.
A park surrounds the lake and is probably the most popular hang-out for the locals there. And it is pretty much accessible from Manila too and perfect for a day trip because it is barely just three hours away from Manila sans traffic.
I was there at mid-day so the sun peaks at the highest and too scorching at that. The sky is perfectly blue and reflects on the calm-green waters of the lake. The Mountains of Makiling and Banahaw provided the perfect backdrop for the shots.
Some of my travel-blogger friend have come to this lake and have taken shots at sunset. I was mesmerized by their shots but then again, I have to do that some other time because I don't have the luxury of time to spare there.
Sapaloc Lake is named after a sour-fruit bearing tree that abound the area. Sampaloc is the tagalog word for tamarind which is a popular soup base for "sinigang".
But contrary to its name, there is nothing "sour" in this area but rather pure refreshing sight as well as some sweet gastronomic delight such as this twisted, sugar-coated dough that only San Pablo can offer.
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