The Municipality of Taal is a third-class municipality in the Philippines in the province of Batangas. It is now a vibrant town with a rich culture and history which is reflective of the Spanish era.
Considering the advancement of other neighboring municipalities or cities in modern structures and technology, it is interesting to note how Taal maintains and preserves its natural and colorful past.
Aside from being a heritage town, let us find out more about what Taal, Batangas is famous for? See the town’s most precious attractions, including the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours and the Heritage Village, as well as some other sites worth seeing. Learn more about the El Pasubat Festival and the products that gave birth to this significant event.
The Tourist Spots
Aside from the peaceful streets and ancestral houses, here are the top places to visit in Taal:
- Minor Basilica of St. Martine of Tours
It is the largest church in the Philippines and Asia.
- Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay
Not so far in the Basilica of St. Martin, is the Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay. The image, which resembles the Immaculate Conception, is thought to be one of the country’s oldest, having been discovered in 1603 by a man fishing in the Pansipit River, Juan Maningcad.
- Galleria Taal
The Galleria Taal is the first vintage camera museum to open in the country.
- San Nicolas Ruins
The nearby Taal Volcano erupted in 1754, caused damage to Taal’s St. Martin of Tours Church, many of the authentic parts of the church have been preserved and served as captivating tourist spots.
- Sta. Lucia’s Healing Wells
The Well of Sta. Lucia is only a few minutes away from the church of Our Lady of Caysasay. The well’s water is also said to have miraculous healing properties.
The Festival, Foods, and Other Local Products
Also, Taal Batangas is known for its festival and local products. To honor their culture and independence, Taal celebrates El Pasubat Festival every April of the year. El Pasubat stands for Empanada, Longanisa, PAnutsa, SUman, BArong, BAlisong, Tapa, Tawillis, Tamalis, Tulingan, Tsokolate. Attending this event will surely give you the best experience of just how rich Taal culture is and the pride and care of their hardworking people.
You can enjoy and find these local foods and products in their public market called, Pamilihang Bayan ng Taal.
The Directions – How to get to Taal, Batangas?
If you are from Manila, ride a bus going to Lemery. Buses like JAM Bus Liner from either Cubao or Buendia stations are the bus to take to reach Lemery. The fare is around PHP 180 to 190 (price may change during this pandemic). Next, ask the driver to drop you off at Taal Heritage Town. Now, welcome to the Vigan of the CALABARZON!
In general, these tourist spots and events make Taal this popular. This serves as concrete proofs of the rich cultural heritage passed on from one generation to the next succeeding one.
Taal is open and welcoming you! Visit their website to know more about Taal Batangas.
Content and photo source: taal.gov.ph