Once an active volcano, the majestic conical ” Mountain of Rain ” towers at 7,382 feet above sea level. Its last recorded eruption took place in 1730 when steam, lava and red-hot rocks came out from its 700 foot -deep crater. From the mid-slope of the mountain, springs of crystal clear, cool water flows down the town proper of Lucban and outlying municipalities including the Laguna Lake .
ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
A fine blending of Baroque and Castillian architecture, it measures 180 feet long and 38 feet wide and is located at the center of the town. A beautiful grotto of the Virgin Mary, an architecturally designed presentation of the Ten Commandments and the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament can be found on its side. The church ground, with a gazebo, a beautifully landscaped garden and basketball court, complete with concrete benches and stage, is surrounded by curvaceous wall called “kinse-kinse.”
MARCOS TIGLA PARK
Named after one of the founders and first gobernadorcillo, this large town place is adorned by monuments, fountains, a bandstand and home to a variety of flowers and trees. One of its oldest monuments is the “First Cry of Balintawak” commemorating the beginning of the Philippine Revolution against Spain . A time capsule was buried there in 1978 to commemorate the 400 th founding anniversary of the town. It contains the town’s relics of the time.
At the center of the plaza is a concrete bandstand called “Kiosko.” Its pillars were designed like trunks of trees. Here is where political rallies, concerts and cultural programs are held.
Another attractive fountain is the “Fountain of Wisdom”, depicted by a stooping mother pouring a large jar of water into a glass held by a boy. This signifies a mother giving life support and first education to her child.
At the far end of the park is a monument of Andres Bonifacio .
Known as “Plaza de la Revolucion” during the early period, it is located in front of the Lucban Municipal Building and its centerpiece is the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal . Considered one of the best designed monument in the archipelago, it was conceive and designed by the late Ismael Villaseñor who had won honors not only in the Philippines but also in the International Exposition in Paris during that time. Wide concrete benches afford comfortable seats and concrete posts illuminate the park.
Located at the outskirt of Lucban, it is reached by climbing long, concrete steps winding up the hill. A small pavilion, shading an iron cross can be seen from below. Every May 3 of each year, a procession known as “Pag-akyat sa Kalbaryo”, where a large wooden cross is carried and ended up in the hill. From the hilltop, one can see the beautiful sight of the town with the Mt. Banahaw in the background.
In honor of Apolinario dela Cruz, a national hero and is popularly known as Hermano Pule, a monument was erected in his honor here in Sitio Pandak, where he was born.
THE LEGEND OF LUCBAN
Located in a road junction leading to the towns of Samploc and Luisiana, a monument of the three founders of Lucban can be seen. The monument illustrates how Luis Gumba, Lucas Mañawa and Marcos Tigla rested in a pomelo tree (or Lucban) where a colorful kingfisher was chirping, signifying a good fortune. The trio then decided to settle and named the place Lucban.
KAMAY NI HESUS HEALING CHURCH
A haven for spiritually weak, one could feel and experience the presence of God at the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church . Located on a steep hill seen from afar is a 50-foot statue of the Ascending Christ – the third biggest in the world. Transformed into a picturesque Via Dolorasa Grotto of Healing and Purification, one has to climb all of 292 steps to reach the top passing along life-size statues of the 14 Stations of the Cross.