Kesong Puti is a fresh soft white cottage cheese made from the milk of Philippine water buffalo or carabao. Usually, it is wrapped in green banana leaves in order to start the fermentation process. The cheese industry is one of the main sources of income in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. ourists visit Sta. Cruz all year round to buy cheese.
Moreover, to celebrate this product, all inhabitants of the town organize a colourful festival every March or early April. There, you can visit a trade fair, buy some local products and try a special combination of Kesong Puti and hot “pandesal,” which is a yeast bread. The festival usually lasts six days, so there are numerous events and activities, including fun runs and kesong puti cook-offs.