Liliw is a well hidden town in the near the border of Quezon. It can be accessed thru Nagcarlan route from Pila, or via the Magdalena Liliw road. I prefer the latter.
Over the last decade, Liliw has carved a name for itself as the sandal making capital of the Philippines. Rightly so, they deserve it. On the street on the left side of the church there lies a 1 kilometer strip of shops that sells slippers made in that town, and also some locally made shoes too. A couple of stores also sell some imported ones, but that’s just to serve some variety.
The best part of the whole shopping experience here? Everything is priced in 3 pricing schemes. 3-for-100 for house slippers (better looking than your grocery chooces), 100-250 for those snappy looking sandals for male and all espadrille variants, and 450-600 for those heavy duty thick leather and rubber types. Compare those with your mall choices and you can see straightly a 50% deal from sticker prices. And to sweeten the deal, you can haggle the price even lower.
If you have a knack for giving gifts this xmas, and slippers and sandals are your choice of gift theme for your officemate, then take the trip and buy it here. For boyfriends who have major quarrela with their girlfriends, bringing your partner here will lead to immediate pardon, and maybe for something more.
We dropped by Liliw after picking up my soon to be mom-in-law at Pagsanjan after coming off a seminar in Caliraya. We parked at the cathedral grounds and made our way inside for our customary prayers before heading out to the shops. It isnt that hot nor himid to shop around. The climate and temperature is very much like Baguio. We ended up buying 3k worth of sandals, and my share of 1k was already good for 7 pairs.
Snacks are good too. Barbecue goes for 3-for-p20 only, and they have a local delicacy called piyanono, very much like Pastels of CDO.
I’d recommend this place as a fun-run site for car clubs (with gfs in tow). There are other attractions you can go to on the way here, esp in Los Banos, and the Vigan-esque Pila Poblacion. Now put on your slippers and head on down to Liliw!
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