Liliw, Laguna: The Tsinelas Capital of the Philippines

Liliw, Laguna is best known as the Tsinelas Capital of the Country. Its sizeable shoe industry rivals that of Marikina. Aside from the footwear industry, the town is also known for its baroque church, Saint John the Baptist Parish Church.

Also known as Liliw Church or Lilio Church, Saint John the Baptist Parish Church is one of the most frequented Roman Catholic churches in Laguna. Its feast is celebrated every August 29 known as the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. The church is known for its red bricked facade and baroque style architecture. The current parish priest is Father Marciano Dijan.

After spending a night in Mauban, Quezon, my family and I decided to spend the second day of our trip by exploring the towns of Laguna that we will pass by along the way home. We made sure to drop by Liliw. We went to visit the church first, said our prayers, took a few photos, then we walked around the Poblacion to have merienda and, of course, look for a new pair of footwear.

Papa bought pancit and street food (which I did not have a picture of because we ate them right away) for us. Meanwhile, I was able to get myself a new pair of sandals for two hundred pesos. It’s quite a steal considering that the similar style is being sold online for Php 600-800.

We weren’t able to go around the town but I actually admired how the town gives off a quaint vibe. Also, I noticed that the temperature was kind of low (compared to that of Metro Manila or Cavite). But since Liliw is also located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, it’s no wonder why the wind blows colder in this part of the province.

The local government is currently undertaking means to conserve its cultural heritage sites and has proposed to enact a legislation that would mandate the usage of the Liliwstyle architecture as the only means of construction and re-construction in the town. If the ordinance passes, Liliw will have a greater chance to become a heritage town, and further support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liliw)

Indeed, my first impression of Liliw is that it has a remarkable cultural heritage which I hope will be well-preserved in the years to come. Anyway, I wasn’t able to take more pictures because we are trying to see as many places as we can before sundown so we had limited time. But I would love to be back again someday soon to try their delicacies and buy more shoes! 🙂

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