The Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival named in honor of the founder GAT TAYAW. It was Gat Tayaw and his followers decided to erect a bamboo pole and to name the town after the bird that would first alight at the top of the pole within four days. A crow, however, was the first bird to alight on the pole. A crow was considered bad and so Gat Tayaw and his men moved south and erected another bamboo pole. A beautiful bird alighted on the pole and sang, “Liw, Liw, Liw”. Thus the town became Liliw. After the Spanish Regime, Americans came, it became Lilio since the Americans found it easier to pronounce it than Liliw. However, the municipal council passed a resolution which declared LILIW as the official name and spelling of the town. This was to avoid confusion in pronouncing and spelling the name of the town.
Tsinelas or Slippers derived from the Spanish word chinela, is a light low-cut footwear that can be easily slipped onto the foot. It has a very simple design consisting of a flexible sole and a Y-shaped hold-strap strategically placed in order to bind the slipper to the foot. Most of the Filipinos considered it as a necessity and has been incorporated in the standard inventory of every household, regardless of their social and economic class. Due to its practicality and usefulness, it has become part of Philippine popular culture.
The Gat Tayaw Street, shoe stores are decorated with products colorful shoes, slippers, sandals and even bags of different designs and materials. Liliw, Laguna is celebrating its week-long Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival every year. The highlights of the festival are the parade of floats showcasing the agricultural and industrial products of Liliw which includes a variety of locally produced footwear.
Liliweños used to celebrate Bailete every year for the good harvest, they used to dance on the street with a marching band while drinking a local wine called LAMBANOG.