Lake Muhikap


Lake Muhikap
Lake Muhikap
Location San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines
Group Seven Lakes of San Pablo
Coordinates 14°07′34″N 121°20′02″E / 14.126°N 121.334°E / 14.126; 121.334Coordinates: 14°07′34″N 121°20′02″E / 14.126°N 121.334°E / 14.126; 121.334
Lake type crater lake
Basin countries Philippines
Surface area 14.5 hectares (36 acres)
Surface elevation 80 metres (260 ft)
Settlements San Pablo City

Lake Muhikap (more commonly spelled as Mohicap or Mojicap) is one of the seven lakes of San Pablo City, in the province of Laguna, Philippines. The lake which is located in Brgy. Sta. Catalina has an area of 14.5 hectares (36 acres) lake, and it is one of the main suppliers of water in the city. The waters of San Pablo Lakes provide a generous source of tilapia for Metro Manila and suburbs.[1][2]

Legend

The legend of Lake Muhikap is quite similar to those of Lakes Pandin and Yambo. It tells of a couple who had a very sickly daughter named Munica. The couple kept praying to God for the good health of their only child and promised to do anything if He would answer their prayers. God granted their prayer on condition that Munica must not set foot on mother earth. The girl grew up to be very industrious.

One day while her parents were away, Munica was sewing a dress. The ball of thread she was using fell on the ground and while the girl tried to get the thread, she fainted and fell. She suddenly sank with the entire neighborhood, and a lagoon was formed. This body of water was later called Muhikap in honor of the unfortunate girl. It is derived from Munica, the girl's name, and "mahikap," which means industrious in the local dialect.[3]

References

  1. ^ San Andres, Ramon B. (2006). "Backgrounder". Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation. Retrieved on 2011-01-06.
  2. ^ "Seven Lakes". San Pablo City Official Web Site. Retrieved on 2011-01-07.
  3. ^ "Legend of the Seven Lakes - Lake Muhikap". Seven Lakes International. Retrieved on 2009-03-16.

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