Batangas is located southwestern of Luzon in the Philippines. It has 31 municipalities and three cities. The Provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Quezon and Mindoro are its nearby neighbors. Most of the towns are surrounded with water, thus it is famous for its beaches, marine life, and flora. The Batangueños (local residents) dialect is Tagalog, the main language most Filipinos use. English is well understood and spoken by most of the natives. There are many things to see about the historical background of the province. Drop by the towns of Taal, Mabini, Lipa City and Batangas City, to see the basilicas and Old Spanish houses. And see architecture during the Pre Spanish Times.
The Batangas Port is considered the trading point in the Calabarzon region. It has a passenger terminal to different islands in the Philippines. These makes the province a half way point to Puerto Gallera and other key cities of the Philippines Island. Relax and have fun in any beach resorts of your choice. There are lots of hotels around to choose from. Depending on your excitement or pleasure. Consider the adventures and sight in store. Explore the exciting way of life. Take in consideration it is a few hours drive from the Manila Airport. So if you’re gun-bound Philippines! Take a trip to Batangas. Have fun in Batangas Philippines.Read More
Sublian Festival is a two-week event that starts on the 2nd of May. It’s a celebration of the town’s devotion to the Holy Cross in Bauan and Agoncillo, as well as the Sto. Nino icon in Batangas City. The date of the festival coincides with the city’s founding anniversary.
The celebration features Subli, a dance number performed together with drums and chanting. The ceremonial worship dance includes prayers and songs. It also includes traditional Filipino games, serenades or harana, and the Lupakan. The Lupakan is an event that showcases how to make nilupak along with folk songs and dances.
Balsa or bamboo rafts are the star of the show during the festival. Every May 18 there is a balsa competition where experienced townsfolk of Matabungkay decorate their balsa. The rafts are made of long and slender mature bamboo tubes. These tubes are tied using thick ropes and hammered to ensure the pieces stick together. Besides the decorated bamboo rafts, there are also simple rafts used for races.
The last day of May includes a flower offering activity at the foot of the Holy Cross, the oldest holy symbol of the town. The flowers are placed during the afternoon ceremonies of the town’s church. A procession follows, wherein the cross is mounted on a decorated float. The day-long procession parades several floats carrying various Marian images pulled by a rope.
Maliputo is a freshwater fish that contributes to the fish industry of San Nicolas. The festival held every 9th of August is a way to promote Maliputo as a source of income for the locals. There are street dances during the parade as well as cooking competitions focusing on the different ways to cook the fish. The cooking competition allows the participants to show off their culinary skills by making new and exciting Maliputo dishes.
Roasted goats in costume and props make up the Kambingan Festival. The Lechon Kambing, a significant product of the town of Tuy, is the main event during the 12th of August. During the festival, each household is seen with goats in their grassy yards. In addition to the live and roasted goats, the festival features other goat dishes.
The festival promotes Lemery’s industry and delicacies. The town continues to thrive with the help of sigpaw, a small net with a handle used by fishermen. It can be used to scoop fish as well as tiny shrimps while farmers use it to pick fruits from trees. Sigpawan Festival is celebrated every 15th of August. It begins with a mass at the town’s parish church followed by a colorful parade.
Every September 10, the town of San Nicolas honors its patron saint, San Nicolas de Tolentino. The celebration includes a parade, a boat race among skilled boat rowers, and a singing competition. There are also parlor games related to Tilapia or Milkfish.
Batangas being a place abundant in agricultural produce, the town of Lobo shows their appreciation by celebrating fruits, root crops, and other commodities every 27th of September. The town is known for being the “Atis Capital of the Philippines” so expect the fruit as the main feature in the festival.
Anihan Festival is also a way to showcase the town’s harvest. Each barangay features their products in a trade fair. Moreover, there’s a street dancing competition where costume and choreography depend on the chosen product.
One of the most lively festivals of the province, Calacatchara Festival features the town of Calaca’s famous product, atchara (chutney), and patron saint St. Raphael the Archangel.
The week-long festivities start with a procession every October. Students from various schools in town prepare for their street performances. The festival organizers also include other activities for entertainment such as beauty contests, car shows, fun run, and photo exhibit.
A true-blue Batangueno will say “ala eh!” once in a while, an expression very much associated with these people of the south. Thus, the province invites the whole country to witness the celebration of its founding anniversary. Ala Eh Festival was established to attract tourists to Batangas.
The festival happens on December 8 while its activities span for a week. The events for the year’s celebration varies on the concept and the town where the festival is to be celebrated. The tiangge or bazaars feature Batangas’ famous products such as the Barong Tagalog, Barako coffee, and balisong (native fan knife). At the same time, there are job fairs, pet shows, cheer dancing festivities and a float parade.
The activities cater to everyone as they include both artistic and athletic pursuits. There are photo and painting competitions and exhibitions, various street dances, drum and lyre competition, mountain bike challenge and Mini Olympics. The province also hosts a local government unit (LGU) night which makes the festival unique.
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If you love admiring it from Tagaytay, you’re gonna love it even more when you’re actually on the volcano. Rising in the middle of Taal lake, Taal Volcano is often called an island within a lake within an island. But wait, there’s more. It has a crater lake and at its center is a small rock islet, which makes it an islet within a lake within an island within a lake within an island. Let me explain that in great detail here: Taal Volcano Crater.
Taal is one of the smallest active volcanoes in the world. Yes, it is little but, mind you, it is very, very active. In fact, it is one of the few “Decade Volcanoes” in the world. According to Science Daily, Decade Volcanoes are 16 volcanoes identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) as being worthy of particular study in light of their history of large, destructive eruptions and proximity to populated areas.
Then the capital of Batangas, the town of Taal used to be located in present day San Nicolas but was forced to move to a higher elevation. No thanks to Taal Volcano, which destroyed it during the 200-day eruption in 1754, the biggest ever recorded for Taal.
The town picked itself up and prospered in a new location during the Spanish era and produced some of the country’s bravest national heroes including Doña Gliceria Marella de Villavicencio, known as the Godmother of the Revolution and a major supporter of the revolt against the Spanish forces; Don Felipe Agoncillo, a revolutionary hero and a diplomat; his wife Doña Marcela Marino Agoncillo, best known for making the Philippine Flag; and Gen. Ananias Diokno, the only Tagalog general to have headed an all-out military expedition to the Visayas. Their well-preserved ancestral houses remain standing up to this date and offer a glimpse of the lifestyle of the rich and famous at the time.
The town’s centerpiece, however, is the Basilica de San Martin de Tours, crested on a hill. Taal Basilica, as it is more commonly referred to, is the biggest Catholic Church in Asia.
Another heritage town and former capital is Balayan. Its history can be traced back to the early 13th century. They say that way before the Spaniards came, Balayan was already a booming settlement and a busy trade center.
This long history makes Balayan a town rich in culture and heritage. The town is dotted with a number of ancestral houses that offer a peek at the past. At the center of the poblacion stands the Church of the Immaculate Conception, one of the oldest churches in Batangas and in the Southern Tagalog region (if not the oldest). The construction of the church was started in 1749 and was completed in 1759. Balayan celebrates the Feast of St. John the Baptist (San Juan de Bautista) every June 24th in a wet and wild way. The Parada ng Lechon happens on this day and visitors are invited to participate in the celebration!
Lipa is bustling, but it doesn’t take much effort to see that at its core is an old Batangan city that treasures its heritage. Most of the attractions here fall under three categories: churches, historical sites, and food. The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Sebastian is among the most visited for its grand design. Casa de Segunda epitomizes a well-preserved Spanish colonial ancestral house. Don’t leave the city without digging into a bowl of sticky Batangas lomi and goto, and a sip of Kapeng Barako.
Expect Caleruega to be crowded during the Holy Week. This small chapel perched on a hill is a favorite Visita Iglesia stop among locals and tourists alike. Its proximity to Tagaytay is also a factor to its popularity. But Nasugbu’s biggest draw remains its shores. Aside from Punta Fuego, another summer destination worth a visit is Fortune Island, Fortune Island, a small rocky island surrounded by shipwreck diving sites including the Dutch warship Mauritius, which sank on December 14, 1600.
For mountaineers, Nasugbu has Mt. Batulao to offer.
Long and wide, the coast of Brgy. Laiya Aplaya is sparkling with white powdery sand. More popularly called as Laiya, it has risen as a major beach destination in Batangas. Resorts and hotels, from budget to high-end, have lined the beach, making it one of the go-to destinations for weekend escapades and even corporate events.
A barangay of Mabini, Anilao is tucked in the northern coast of Calumpang peninsula. It is regarded by many as the birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines. The hidden wonders it keeps in its depths are no longer secret, but they continue to amaze curious souls.
Also in Anilao is Gulugod Baboy, an easy climb (perfect for casual trekkers) with breathtaking views of Balayan Bay!
Tingloy is the only Batangan municipality that is mostly not on the main island of Luzon. Its main island is Maricaban, a fish-shaped island off the tip of the peninsula and in between the two major bays. Its most popular destination is Sombrero Island, which many mistakenly assume to be part of Anilao because island hopping tours begin there. Masasa Beach is also catching the attention of more sun worshippers lately.
Verde Island is part of Batangas City, but it is in no way as commercialized as the rest. Situated 45 minutes off the mainland, it cradles a number of beach attractions that are almost untouched including Mahabang Buhangin and Cueva Sitio.
The island also sits in the middle of Verde Island Passage, which is described by a 2007 Smithsonian Institute study as the “center of the center” of the world’s marine biodiversity citing the high concentration of marine species.
Batangas has two lighthouses manning its coasts. One of them stands proudly at Malabrigo Point in the sleepy town of Lobo. Victorian-inspired, the Malabrigo Lighthouse was designed by Guillermo Brockman in 1891 and was constructed by Chinese contractor Jose Garcia in 1896. The Victorian-inspired structure is cylindrical, made of bricks, and has a metal staircase. It was declared as a National Historical Landmark on 27 November 2006. The lighthouse overlooks a stunning pebble beach! Not very far is a submarine garden, whose shallow waters harbor live corals and fishes for your snorkeling pleasure.
The other Batangan lighthouse mans Cape Santiago in equally sedating town of Calatagan. The Cape Santiago Lighthouse stands on top of a cliff by the shore. Built in 1890, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Philippines that continue to function. The construction began on December 15, 1890, led by Engineer Magin Pers y Pers, and was completed by Guillermo Brockman. It is a dominant structure in the area — an imposing 51-ft tall white and red brick tower amidst the verdant paradise.
Burot Beach, a secluded stretch of white sand, is also a great place for quiet beach bumming. Calatagan is also famous for its many dive sites.
In Lian, there’s Matabungkay. If locals are to be believed, Matabungkay was “rediscovered” in the early 1950s by Germans who were looking for a go-to paradise within proximity to the bustling Manila. Since then, Matabungkay transformed from a simple fishing village into a tourism destination. The shore is strewn with ashen sand that sparkles a white glow when hugged by sunlight. It is bordered landward by a long, cramped lane of resorts and stores. Beware though, the last time I was here, I could not help but notice the trash littered on the beach.
The old town of Cuenca has its own charm, but it is the commanding mountain next to it that most tourists visit it for. According to Pinoy Mountaineer, “At 930 MASL, the mountain (Maculot) has three destinations: the famous Rockies (706m), the summit (930m) and the Grotto (510m). These can all be covered by a traverse dayhike, but most climbers head to the Rockies, which is the reason why Maculot is the paragon of an easy hike.”