Luisiana, Laguna (History, About town, Sites and Events)

Luisiana was once part of a place called Terreno de Nasunog, which was later divided into three portions, and each became a part of the adjacent towns. These became Nasunog de Lucban, Nasunog de Cavinti and Nasunog de Majayajay, which became Luisiana.

In 1825, Don Luis Bernardo, one of Nasunog de Majayjay’s principales, initiated the move to establish it as a town and parish separate and independent from Majayjay. However, it was only in 1832 when Nasunog de Majayjay was elevated to a visita which was later called Visita de Luisiana.

Finally, on April 3, 1854, Visita de Luisiana was granted its absolute independence from Majayjay. Thus, the town of Luisiana was born, taking the name which for a long time was already adopted in honor of the “father of the town,” Don Luis Bernardo and his wife, Doña Ana (Luis y Ana).

About town
About 108 kilometers away from Manila and 24 kilometers away from the provincial capital, Sta. Cruz, the town of Luisiana is bounded on the north by Pagsanjan and Cavinti, on the west by Magdalena, on the south by Majayjay and on the east by Lucban, Quezon.

Luisiana is basically an agricultural town. At the poblacion, there are only a few commercial establishments which cater to the basic services of the people. Most of them still go to Sta. Cruz to do their shopping or marketing and to avail themselves of other services not available in their town.

How to get there
Going to Luisiana by private transportation from Manila, you will pass by the South Superhighway and enter the province via the Calamba exit. Another way is through the Manila East road – Pagsanjan route or coming from quezon, the Lucban route.

Luisiana is also accessible by public transportation taking the same routes as mentioned above. However, whichever route you take, a trip to Luisiana will still be long since it is one of the inner towns in Laguna.

From Manila via Calamba, a bus will take you to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. In Sta. Cruz, jeepneys going to Luisiana can be found at the jeepney terminal. Just ask a tricycle driver to take you to the terminal of jeepneys going to Luisiana. Via Sta. Cruz, you will pass by the town of Pagsanjan before reaching Luisiana. You will easily know it when you have reached the town because the roads become zigzagged with lots of sharp twists and turns. This is one of the reasons why Luisiana is called the “little Baguio of Laguna.”

Sites and Events
At the center of the town, some of the sites are the Catholic Church, the monument of Don Luis Bernardo (town’s founder) and a monument of Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

But one interesting site in town is the “guard dogs” at the stairs in front of the municipal building. Instead of lions which are common sites or designs in stairs of other buildings, the municipal building of Luisiana has two dogs, which look like Dalmatians, one in each side of the building. However, no one can tell why they are there or what is the story behind the presence of the dogs in the building. Some of them believe that the dogs might have been a part of the town’s history which is yet to be discovered.

Aside from the man-made attractions, Luisiana is also blessed with natural attractions like falls and caves. If you are a water-lover, go check out some of the falls in the town like the Bumbongan, Malaog, Maapon, Limbun-limbon, Aliw, Lagaslas and Botocan-Tiklingan. While if you are more of the adventurous type, see the caves of Simbahang Bato and Butas Kabag. Although most of these attractions are not yet fully developed commercially, they are open for the public to see in their natural state.

Town feast is celebrated on October 9. Another celebration in town is held every 3rd of April, which is in commemoration of the town’s establishment as a separate entity from Majayjay.

Sources of income of the people of Luisiana are mainly focused on agriculture such as copra, pandan, palay, bamboo and bunliw. Piggery and poultry farming are also an additional income.

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