06 August, 2010

M1366: Laguna Bay Postcard

Postcard Size: 4"x5.5"
Postcard Type: View card
Printed by:
JMC Press, Inc., Quezon City
Purchased at Goodwill Bookstore

The postcard shows carabaos enjoying the water of the Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines and the third largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia with a surface area of 949 square kilometers. It has an average depth of only about 2 meters.

"Laguna de Bay" is the Old Spanish term for "Lake of Bay". Laguna is the Spanish word for Lake, and Bay is a town in Laguna, along the south shore of the lake.

The back of the postcard reads:
Laguna Bay, in the province of Laguna.

Carabaos (water buffalo) abound in the outlying areas.

M1366: Laguna Bay Postcard

The lake is shaped like a stylised 'W', with two peninsulas jutting out from the northern shore. It is bordered by the province of Laguna in the east, west and southwest, the province of Rizal in the north to northeast, and Metropolitan Manila in the northwest.

The lake is a navigation lane for passenger boats, source of water for a nearby hydroelectric power plant, food support for the growing duck industry, aquaculture, recreation, fishery, flood control, source of irrigation water and a "virtual" cistern for domestic, agricultural, and industrial effluents.

Laguna de Bay Wikipedia Entry

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