VIRTUAL TOUR: Beautiful, Mystical Mount Makiling

Text and Photos by Euden Valdez

STRADDLING the provinces of Laguna and Batangas, Mt. Makiling is among the most renowned mountains of Luzon because of its unspoiled beautybelieved to be protected by its deity, Maria Makiling. 

The folklore of the Diwata of Makiling has been passed from generations upon generations of Filipino families. Even our National Hero Jose Rizal, who was born in Laguna province, penned a story about Maria, a most beautiful maiden to have set foot on earth.

Mt. Makiling is thus filled with tales of encounters with Maria. It is told that she appears before those with a golden heart, or sometimes, playfully teases those who does not believe in her. It is also believed that she unleashes fury through storms to those who dare harm her mountain its natural inhabitants.

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