Lake Caliraya was created in 1937 by US Army Engineer Major General Hugh J. Casey by flooding the Cavinti valley of the Sierra Madre to generate hydroelectric power for Manila. It was sabotaged by retreating Americans to prevent use by invading Japanese who rebuilt it, then themselves sabotaged it as their own defeat approached. The Americans seeded the lake with largemouth bass, and through the years, the lake has remained the most popular bass fishing spot in the country. It was 'discovered' in the early 70's by Manila tourists who then popularized the lake to Manila's elite and expatriate community. Property values increased even more so when the main road to the lake was paved and the hydroelectric plant refurbished. Caliraya later became a high-end neighborhood of vacation homes for the rich and famous. An example is the De Padua vacation home, built in 1974. That was until the 1980s, when Lake Caliraya's surroundings were occupied by the New People's Army, which affected tourism and development. Nevertheless, since 1985, there has been major real estate development, with the construction of several world class resorts, golf courses and country clubs. Caliraya continues to be a haven for the rich and the elite, with activities including large mouth bass fishing, wind surfing, jet skiing, water skiing, boating, golf, camping, and other sporting and outdoor activities. Property values remain high, and a new generation of developments, both private and commercial, is on the rise.
Brgy. Lewin, Lumban, Laguna, Philippines