San Pablo City is a first class city in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It has the largest land area in the province of Laguna. It is also one of the country's oldest cities. This city is also known as the "City of Seven Lakes" - because it has 7 lakes namely: Sampaloc Lake, Palakpakin Lake, Bunot Lake, Pandin Lake and Yambo Lake, Muhikap Lake, and Calibato Lake. By land area, it is the largest in the province of Laguna. By population, it ranks fifth in the province of Laguna. Of all the seven lakes, the most famous is the Sampaloc Lake. This is because of the interesting legend that gave the lake its name.
Once upon a time there lived in the northern side of San Pablo a well-to-do but childless couple. They had a large garden of tarmarind trees which bore the sweetest fruits in all the land. Many people from far and wide heard of the tamarind trees. And many of them wanted to taste the sweet tamarind fruits. The couple felt very proud of their rich possession. They built a fence around their yard so that no strangers would pick any of the tamarind fruits. Just to make sure no one could enter their yard, they placed a big watchdog to guard it
One day a fairy, disguised as an old beggar bent and wrinkled by age, approached the couple’s garden begged for some fruits. Then, without any further ado, the old woman came near one of the large trees. She stretched out her wrinkled, skinny hand to pluck a curly thick pod hanging from one of the lower branches.
Today, Sampaloc Lake has become a tourist spot that offers a great scene of the lake. There are also a number of restuarants serving Filipino dishes. All these restaurants are situated overlooking the tranquil lake that gives off a cool and refreshing breeze. A sure way to get a relaxing treat!