Lake Calibato

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Lake Calibato
Lake Calibato.jpg
The panorama of Lake Calibato.
Location San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines
Group Seven Lakes of San Pablo
Coordinates 14°06′18″N 121°22′37″E / 14.105°N 121.377°E / 14.105; 121.377Coordinates: 14°06′18″N 121°22′37″E / 14.105°N 121.377°E / 14.105; 121.377
Type crater lake
Basin countries Philippines
Surface area 42 ha
Average depth 135 m
Water volume approximately 29,600 cubic meters
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. The lake is situated in Brgy. Sto. Angel in San Pablo City. Calibato has an area of 42 hectares and maximum depth of 135 meters. Calibato's maximum water capacity is approximately 29,600 cubic meters. Its supplies the city and nearby towns with abundant fish and aquatic plants. The lake is the deepest recorded among the seven-lake system; no recorded depths are available for Muhikap.

Legend[edit]

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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