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Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Historical Visit at Little Hollywood

We all know that Hollywood is a place where you can experience the glamorous celebrity life. You can meet your favorite international actors and actresses and you will discover the artistic production of their films and television series. You can see tall skyscrapers, lively entertainment centers and fancy restaurants.

Here in the Philippines, we have our own version too, a place called Little Hollywood. As you enter the town, you can see a lot of coconut plantations, rice fields and verdant meadows in the foothills of Mount Banahaw and it is part of the Laguna Loop.

Located a few kilometers away from Pagsanjan, Magdalena is known as "The Little Hollywood of Laguna" because the town became a favorite shooting location of some classic Philippine movies. In addition, you can experience a typical Pinoy rural ambiance in this town because of the lush vegetation, clear rivers, the simplicity of life among the inhabitants. and a town rich in history because of its landmarks.
The welcome arch of Magdalena and you can see the lush vegetation in the town.
The Little Hollywood of Laguna
I always passed this town when I traveled to Liliw and Nagcarlan. I was curious about the town so I decided to visit and get to know the simplicity of life in this peaceful town. The jeepney driver told me that I should visit the town plaza and he took me there. I appreciated a lot in this town plaza because of the century-old town hall as a familiar venue in one of the classic Fernando Poe Jr. movies. There is also the small but clean  Rizal Park located in front of the municipal hall. You can see the monuments of Dr. Jose Rizal and the other historical markers including the marker dedicated to the war veterans who fought during the Japanese occupation in the country. There is also a place called Walk of Fame which is located opposite the municipal hall. Aside from Fernando Poe Jr., other local celebrities such as Sharon Cuneta, Robin Padilla and Rudy Fernandez made it to this town for shooting location of their movies.
The municipio or town hall of Magdalena.
Rizal Park
Adjacent to the municipal hall, the Saint Mary Magdalene Church was located in the plaza. It was built in 1829 and it is one of the Baroque churches in the Laguna Loop. It is also the place where Emilio Jacinto, sought refuge after he was wounded during the war in Laguna in 1898. Inside the church, you can find the marker where his blood stains are covered by a glass and you can see his bolo and hat.
The facade of St. Mary Magdalene Church
Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Magdalena, Laguna
Emilio Jacinto Marker inside the St. Mary Magdalene Church
Away from the town center, you can find another historical landmarks in the midst of lush vegetation. As you passed the sleepy roads, you can find the area where Emilio Jacinto was shot by the revolutionaries near in Maimpis River before he proceed to the church.
Emilio Jacinto Marker near the Maimpis River and in front of Bahay Laguna
In front of the marker, you can visit a small museum called Bahay Laguna. This museum was operating for almost fourteen years in order to commemorate the administration of Felicisimo San Luis, who became a governor of the province for almost three decades.
The marker of Bahay Laguna
The facade of Bahay Laguna
The products from different towns in Laguna.
The office of Governor San Luis
The statue of Felicisimo San Luis. Below is a poem entitled "Pangarap" (Dreams) which
was written by San Luis. It can be sang in the tune of "The Impossible Dream" by Matt Monro.
Therefore, the travel experience in Magdalena was such a meaningful ones because I learned a lot about the colorful past of Laguna as well with the history of the Philippines. Magdalena is a town preserved by generations through heritage and history as well with its rustic ambiance and the peaceful life of the residents.

How to get there:
  • You can ride a jeepney from Santa Cruz, passing the town of Pagsanjan. If you are from San Pablo, ride a jeepney going to Liliw, then ride another jeepney to Magdalena.
You can read my December 2011 post - Navigating Laguna Loop: Magdalena

Date of Travel: November 6, 2011 and December 18, 2011

24 comments:

  1. First time to hear that there is a Little Hollywood in the Philippines. Nice read.

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  2. Nice photo to back up your uinteresting post. twice na nagawi ako riyan since one of my churchmates happens to live there. Madalas kasi ako sa Victoria, Laguna.

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  3. Wow! I didn't know we had a little hollywood. I hope I can visit the place for a taping perhaps. =>

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  4. I never heard about the Philippines having its own 'Hollywood' place. Glad to know that we have something in a local sense. You should bring your students here, on a field trip. :)

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  5. I love the St. Magdalene Church it really looked so beautiful. I am curious why it's called Little Hollywood but maybe films with historical theme shoot their movies in this place =)

    Hope I will be able to visit this place

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  6. i thought it would be somewhere else... hahaha... well, now one can say that he had been to hollywood without spending a lot. Yahweh bless.

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  7. So this town is really a historic place, from past Philippine heroes' experiences to Philippine movies' shoots...

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  8. Those places are very classic. I've never heard this place before. Thanks for letting us know and I hope I could visit there as well.

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  9. wow! its nice to see those lush green scenery! ashamed that im from laguna but haven't been to any great places there! xx

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  10. May ganong lugar pala? Sana you took shots of the famous places na laging location for shooting. That would have been awesome.

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  11. A new place to visit for me near Manila. The whole place looks quiet and peaceful away from the hustle and bustle of a city life.

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  12. Been to Magdalena in 2008. Sarap ng Lansones at Rambutan dito at lamig ng tubig sa ilog:)

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  13. there are some classic Filipino films are shoot in Magdalena, Laguna especially with historical or romantic theme. Thanks for the comments.

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  14. Truly cinematic views and architecture at Magdalena, Laguna.

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  15. Wish I could also visit Laguna and see the historical places :)

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  16. wow! that bahay laguna looks lovely! i am attracted with the house design! love the stairs of the house outside leading to the second floor! xx

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  17. I was astonished to see the old Baroque church of St. Magdalene and much more this have a historical value. This is a kind of place that I wanna visit when I have an opportunity to drop by in Laguna.

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  18. its amazing to know that this places are just reachable within country. . super love it. .

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  19. This is the first time that I have heard about this place great find. There are a lot of old churches that are more than a hundred years old scattered all over the Philippines.

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  20. The place is rich in heritage from old churches and houses/museum.

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  21. now ko lang nalaman na Magdalena, is called 'Little Hollywood". Regular akong pupunta riyan, since my a member of our church where I am attending lives there. Just a caution, Wag lang kayong magpapagabi sa daan , since maraming NPA dyan. Correct me if I am wrong.

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  22. First time to hear about "Little Hollywood" it looks nice, especially the church, Old but beautiful.:)

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  23. Little Hollywood! Amazing. It's definitely more fun in the Philippines. :)

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  24. Cool! Now our very own Philippines has its own version of Hollywood. ^_^

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