Lake Calibato

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Lake Calibato
Lake Calibato.jpg
Panorama of the lake
Lake Calibato is located in Philippines
Lake Calibato
Lake Calibato
Location within the Philippines
Location Laguna
Group Seven Lakes of San Pablo
Coordinates 14°6′12″N 121°22′40″E / 14.10333°N 121.37778°E / 14.10333; 121.37778Coordinates: 14°6′12″N 121°22′40″E / 14.10333°N 121.37778°E / 14.10333; 121.37778
Type crater lake
Surface area 42 ha (100 acres)
Average depth 135 m (443 ft)
Water volume approx. 29,600 cubic metres (1,050,000 cu ft)
Settlements San Pablo City

Lake Calibato is one of the seven crater lakes collectively called Pitong Lawa or Seven Lakes of San Pablo in Laguna province in the Philippines. The lake is situated in Brgy. Sto. Angel in San Pablo City. Calibato has an area of 42 hectares (100 acres) and maximum depth of 135 metres (443 ft). Calibato's maximum water capacity is approximately 29,600 cubic metres (1,050,000 cu ft). Its supplies the city and nearby towns with abundant fish and aquatic plants. The lake is the deepest recorded lake among the seven-lake system; no recorded depths are available for Muhikap.

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It was told that the area was once a valley inhabited by a Diwata (benevolent fairy or nymph) who had wanted to keep her realm free from the intrusion of mankind. Thus, she was angered when people built rocky pathways that criss-crossed her valley. She then caused a strong earthquake and severe storm that transformed her valley into a lagoon.

The villagers living in the surrounding hills were awestruck the following morning, and named the body of water Lake Calibato, taken from the criss-crossing stone pathways of the valley, a portmanteau of Cali (corrupted from the Spanish calle, "street") and the Tagalog Bato ("rock").

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