Experiencing Laguna (Part 2): Our Overnight Stay in La Vista Pansol Resort

Laguna is an unfortunate place for my kids who enjoy swimming. This landlocked province has no beach or access to the open sea. It only has access to Laguna de Bay, which is a terrible place to dip in. Fortunately, Laguna has another option and that is the hot springs of Calamba and Los Baños.

So last month, when the kids were clamoring for a swim, we brought them to Calamba and booked an overnight stay at La Vista Pansol.

It was not our first time swimming in the hot springs of Calamba since we already visited Laguna Hot Springs twice. What prompted me to choose La Vista Pansol this time is their swimming pool for kids.

Kiddie Pool of La Vista Pansol Resort (Calamba, Laguna)
Kiddie Pool of La Vista Pansol Resort

The children’s swimming pool has a “fort” in the center that has plenty of slides. My kids truly enjoyed it.

Aside from the kiddie slides, La Vista Pansol also has slides for adults. These slides reminded me of Woodside Farm and Water Park in Cabuyao.

Adult slides of La Vista Pansol Resort (Calamba, Laguna)
Giant slides! Ang paboritong slide ni Panganay.

It was Friday when we had our overnight so there were very few guests during our stay. Add to the fact that the swimming pools are big then we did not feel crowded during our whole stay. Our photos clearly show na walang tao. I was able to take photos as if there are no guest in this resort.

The kids truly enjoyed the kiddie slides and pool but my eldest son, who is a daredevil, preferred the adult slide. I tried it twice and I might not try it again in the future since it made me nervous.

Swimming pool of La Vista Pansol Resort (Calamba, Laguna)

My kids usually have irritations and itchy skin after dipping into a swimming pool because of the high chlorine content of the water. It was not so in La Vista Pansol since the water is sourced directly from the hot spring. I actually saw pipes pouring hot water directly into the swimming pool. We even used the warm water to massage our backs.

My parents’ favorite area is the hot spring pool. They spent a long time relaxing their body in the warm waters of natural spring.

An Impromptu Visit to a Zoo

The one amenity that other resorts in Pansol don’t have is the Laguna Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center that hosts a variety of birds and other animals. And the good thing about it is that we didn't pay any additional fee to enter it.

Laguna Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (Calamba, Laguna)

My kids’ favorite is this parrot that talked back to them.

Red parrot in La Vista Pansol Resort (Calamba, Laguna)

That parrot’s favorite word is “pangit” (ugly) and it shamelessly shouted it to us much to the laughter of our little ones. Nakakatuwa makitang tumawa ang mga bata and it is such a good time for us.

We also saw other birds, a giant tortoise, sheep, goats, snakes, and monkeys.

It was fun seeing the kids getting excited with the animals. The side trip to the Wildlife Rescue Center is definitely worth the time.

Some Negative Comments on La Vista Pansol Resort

I think that the current La Vista Pansol is but a shadow of its former glory. This resort is already run down due to lack of maintenance. The room that we had is “ok” but can be improved.

Welcome to La Vista Pansol Resort (Calamba, Laguna)
The gate of La Vista Pansol Resort with broken signage.

There were plenty of things that were lacking such as the water kettle. I even had to go back and forth between the room and resort lobby just to get hot water for our morning coffee.

Rooms of La Vista Pansol Resort (Calamba, Laguna)
Rooms in La Vista Pansol Resort

Another thing that was lacking was breakfast. They didn’t have complimentary breakfast nor did they sell any decent meal. What they only have are cup noodles and other sari-sari store items in their small store, which are pricier than normal.

La Vista Pansol’s store also has limited items for sale so we had to go out and walk a long distance to another store with touristy prices.

Family cottage of La Vista Pansol Resort (Calamba, Laguna)

The resort is also far away from the highway and we had to hire a tricycle to bring us there. This is so unlike Laguna Hot Springs that is just walking distance from the highway.

How Much is Our La Vista Pansol Experience

Our group is composed of 7 persons, namely, me, My Beloved Wife, our 3 kids, and my parents.

The resort charged us a total of 4,160. However, due to the senior citizen discount and the Valentines Month promo for married couples, we only paid 3,320 pesos for the overnight stay. Our payment already covered our room and the swimming pools, excluding the wave pool.

I think that the amount that we paid is reasonable since our kids enjoyed their swim without the crowd. We are lucky that we went to La Vista Pansol during the weekday.

Room, cottage, and other rates can be viewed in the official FB page of La Vista Pansol Resort.

La Vista Pansol Resort (Calamba, Laguna) amenities

Our Overall Experience in La Vista Pansol

Despite the negative comments that I had with La Vista Pansol Resort, I still give this place a very good rating since our kids enjoy the pool because of their many slides and various amenities. I hope that they improve the place so that we can have a better experience when we visit next time.

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Read my other blog posts for the Experiencing Laguna series:

Experiencing Laguna (Part 1): Rizal Monument and a Peek at the History of Biñan

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Summer is here! Are you looking for a place to swim? Read about my other blog posts about resorts and beaches that I visited previously:

1. Catadman Lodge in Danao City (Cebu)

2. San Francisco Bay Lodge in Camotes Islands (Cebu)

3. Camotes Islands beach resorts (Cebu)

4. Lake Danao in Camotes Islands (Cebu)

5. Honda Bay (Palawan) Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

6. Microtel Hotel in Puerto Princesa (Palawan)

7. Puerto Princesa Underground River (Palawan): Part 1 -  Part 2Part 3

8. Canyon Cove Resort in Nasugbu (Batangas)

9. Laiya Aplaya in San Juan (Batangas)

10. Splash Island in Biñan (Laguna)

11. Woodside Farm and Water Park in Cabuyao (Laguna)

12. Batis Aramin Hotel and Resort in Lucban (Quezon)

13. Punta de Fabian in Baras (Rizal)

14. By the Sea Resort (Olongapo City)

15. Sabang Beach Resort in Bulan (Sorsogon)

16. Bang Saen Beach (Thailand)

17. Koh Samet Island (Thailand) - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3


Ano ang Kumpisal at Paano Magkumpisal?

Lahat ng Kristyano ay inaanyahan mg magsisi sa mga nagawang pagkakasala ngayong panahon ng kwaresma. Sa mga Katoliko, ag kaakibat ng pagsisisi ay ang Sakramento ng Kumpisal. Kaya nga sa panahon ng Kwaresma ay laging may kumpisalang bayan para magkaroon ang mga tao ng pagkakataon na magkumpisal ng kanilang mga kasalanan.

Sakramento ng Kumpisal
(Source: Catholic News World)

Ayon sa Katekismo, ang kumpisal ay ang sakramento na nag-aalis o nagpapatawad ng ating mga kasalanan pagkatapos tayong binyagan. Ang binyag ay kayang mag-alis ng mga salang orihinal at personal pero ito ay pwedeng gawin isang beses lang. Kaya naman ang Kumpisal ay para sa pagpapatawan ng mga personal na kasalanan na nagawa pagkatapos mabinyagan.

Ang kumpisal ay nagpapanumbalik ng kaisahan ng taong nagkasala sa grasya ng Diyos.

Ano ang Ginagawa sa Kumpisal

Ang kumpisal ay isinasagawa sa kumpisalan (confessional). Ang nangungumpisal ay babanggitin sa pari ang lahat ng nagawa nyang pagkakasala. Sa huli ang pari ay magbibigay ng absolution o pagpapatawad ng kasalanan at mga “acts of penance”.

Bago magkumpisal ay mabuting suriin ang iyong budhi o kalooban. Sa pagsusuri ay inaalala mo ang mga nagawa mong pagkakasala. Maarin mong gawing gabay ang Sampung Utos ng Diyos sa iyong pagsusuri ng budhi.

Narito ang pagkakasunod-sunod ng gawain sa Kumpisal:

  1. Pumunta sa lugar kumpisalan o confessional, lumuhod at sabihin: “Sa ngalan ng Ama at ng Anak at ng Espiritu Santo. Amen. Basbasan mo po ako Padre (o Father) sapagkat ako ay nagkasala. Ang aking huling kumpisal ay: (sabihin kung kailan ka huling nagkumpisal). Ito po ang aking mga kasalanan: (sabihin ang lahat ng nagawang kasalanan mula noong iyong huling kumpisal)
  2. Pagkatapos sabihin ang mga kasalanan banggitin: “Padre (o Father) ito po ang lahat ng nagawa kong kasalanan”
  3. Pagkatapos nito ay magsasalita ang pari. Sa puntong ito ay pwedeng magbigay ng payo ang pari. Dito rin magbibigay ng penitensyang ang pari.
  4. Dasalin ang panalangin ng pagsisisi.
  5. Magpasalamat sa Diyos sa kapatawarang ibigay Niya sa iyo, lumabas ng lugar kumpisalan at iyong gawin ang ipinataw na penitensya.

Hindi mo kailangan banggitin ang ekstaktong araw kung kelan ka huling nagkumpisal. Halimbawa, pwede mong sabihin na ang iyong huling kumpisal ay isang buwan na ang nakalipas o isang taon na ang nakalipas. Pwedeng magbigay ng tantya.

Ang madalas na ibigay na penitensya ay ang pagdarasal ng Ama Namin o Aba Ginoong Maria. Maari ring penitensya na ipataw ng pari ay ang pagbabasa ng Biblia. Sunding mabuti ang ipapataw na penitensya sa iyo. 

Bakit Kailangan mong Magkumpisal Ngayon?

Ang kumpisal ay ang sakramento na nagpapatawad sa ating mga kasalanan at nag-aayos ng relasyon natin sa Diyos. Ang taong hindi nagkukumpisal ay hindi dapat tumanggap ng Kumunyon o Katawan ni Kristo (ostia) dahil ang kumunyon na walang kumpisal ay mas magdadala sa atin ng matinding kaparusahan. Nas ng Diyos na linisin muna natin ang ating sarili bago natin Siya papasukin sa ating mga puso. Nais ng Diyos na iwaksi natin ang pagkabulid natin sa kasalanan dahil hindi pwedeng dalawa ang panginoon natin. Hindi pwedeng pagsabayin ang “mammon” at si Kristo. Ang kumpisal ang magpapaalis ng mammon sa ating buhay.

Ngayon ay panahon kwaresma kaya naman inaanyayahan ko kayong mangumpisal, pagsisihan amg mga kasalanan, at magbalik loob sa Diyos bago pa man dumating ang mga Mahal na Araw.

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Basahin ang tungkol sa iba pang Sakramento:

1. Ano ang Ginagawa sa First Communion?

2. Ano ang Ginagawa sa Kumpil?

3. Ano ang Ginagawa sa Binyag?