"Majayjay, Upland Town of Laguna" Majayjay by cyndymc

Majayjay Travel Guide: 18 reviews and 41 photos

Background Information

Majayjay is 1,000 feet above sea level, and is one of the upland towns of Laguna, a 4th Class Municipality located at the foot of mystical Mt. Banahaw. Majayjay is about 120 kms. south of Manila.

Being located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, Majayjay is gifted by nature with fertile soil and cool, crisp air, hence, lush vegetations abound in the area. Majayjay is truly lucky to have vast coconut plantations intercropped with ampalaya (bitter gourd), chayote, squash and other vegetables.

How the town got its name is quite interesting. "Ma" in the local dialect is a prefix to an adjective meaning MANY. "Hay,hay" is the sound/expression of sighing or panting which one muttered while climbing up the hilly terrain. Since one had to pant many times before reaching the top of the upland town, local folks often referred to the place as "mahayhay". The Spaniards spelled the name as Majayjay.

Majayjay, Laguna's Shangrila

Majayjay is even luckier to have the beautiful Taytay Falls amidst its rainforest. The waterfalls has put Majayjay in the tourist map. Today, it threatens to grab the limelight from Pagsanjan Falls because of its accessibility. Another factor is the hassle-free way of enjoying the clean, cold waters, unlike in Pagsanjan where the excitement in shooting the rapids is dampened because of problematic "bankeros" (boatmen). When we went there, the locals we talked to were all very friendly and helpful.

Popular Visita Iglesia Site

St. Gregory The Great Church is one of the Jubillee Churches in the Diocese of San Pablo. Many Catholic pilgrims go there for their Visita Iglesia, a tradition of visiting various churches while making the Stations of The Cross. Non Catholics go there to capture in photos its architectural beauty.

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  • In a nutshell:Laguna's Shangrila
  • Last visit to Majayjay: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 12, 2009
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  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    We're used your route to go to Majayjay...among all the tips I got from the Internet, yours is the easiest. :) We had so much fun. God bless and hope to see you again one day! :)

  • mastercooks's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    This is the place where my father was born and of course our bakasyunan when we are young, sad to say countless times Ive been there still not visited the place. Soon maybe

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    That is one of the most striking intro pics --- what a store! I would put in on your homepage! Norman :)

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