Batangas is my hometown and I love spending my vacation here. Aside from the heritage town, the basilica itself, I love the delicacies here especially the “Tapang Taal.”
How to get there:
From Buendia, board a bus bound for Lemery Batangas. Most buses pass through the town proper. It’s safer to ask the conductor first before boarding. In case the bus won’t pass through Taal, alight at the Taal-Lemery junction. From there, jeepneys would bring you to your destination.
What to do:
1. Visit the Basilica Menor de San Martin de Tours – Every old church in the Philippines has its own unique architecture that will leave you awestruck, especially when you hear stories on how it was built using only what they have during that time. This cathedral is not only the largest and grandest but also the loveliest church I’ve been to so far.
2. Do the Taal Heritage Town Food & Walking Tour – It is a proud but quaint town that has preserved much of its traditions, showing its living heritage, as do the well kept ancestral homes that line its very neat streets.
3. Visit the Escuela Pia – serves as a cultural center in Taal. Looking at its historical sense, “Escuela Pia” has served as a paradigm of the hulking shadows of the Spanish era. It was a lasting representation of the educational system that the Spaniards brought to the Philippines.
4. Caysasay Church – This is excellent from the perspective of FAITH not of tourism. The Church and the image of Our Lady are very rich in history. People come here not to see the facade or the architecture of the Church but because of the numerous miracles attributed to the image of Our Lady.
5. Don Leon Apacible Museum – The ancestral home of Don Leon and Matilde Apacible. Don Leon was Emilio Aguinaldo’s Finance officer and a delegate to the Malolos Congress.
6. Brg. Balisong – This definitely the place to witness balisong making and purchase one for.
What to buy or eat:
Don Juan BBQ – Try the “Adobo sa Dilaw” and “Tapang Taal”. Each bite of the Tapang Taal truly marks the memory of it’s feaster as the meaty taste lasts at the tongue! 🙂
Where to stay:
Casa Punzalan – A colonial house turned into a hotel. You can reach them at 0921-760-0527 and look for Ms. Lucy De Villa.
Taal Heritage Town is a must visit since it is just a couple of hours away from Manila. It is the perfect road trip for me since it truly has a lot to offer; a taste of Philippine history, good food, scenic view of Taal Lake, lots of photo opportunities, nice B&B inns in the area, etc. Plan a trip now!